Live at Nokia World 2011: Kevin Shields on “extreme product making”

Live at Nokia World 2011: Kevin Shields on “extreme product making”

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Had a chance this morning to talk with Nokia Senior Vice President Kevin Shields about the Nokia design aesthetic – effectively, what makes a Nokia’s look, feel, weight, balance and construction so unique, and more importantly, so desirable.  It was a great opportunity to get a peek behind the curtain of how Nokia designs their product and the incredible amount of thought that goes into every single detail, form the way that the polycarbonate chassis of the Lumia 800 is dyed and milled, to the color palette selected for the Lumia 710. 

(A note before you get started with the video:  This is kind of a long one, but it’s worth it.  Watch the whole thing!)

When you pick up one of the new Nokia Lumias, you’ll instantly understand what Kevin is talking about – the phone just feels so “right” in your hand that you can’t help but appreciate its industrial design and ergonomics.

I’ll be at Nokia World all of today and tomorrow, blogging about the great stuff I find on the show floor, interviewing interesting people from both Nokia and Microsoft, and sharing as much as I can find about what the future holds for Nokia and Windows Phone. Keep an eye on the blog for new posts and follow me on Twitter for more sharable stuff from Nokia World!

And remember that you can keep up on all the latest stuff from Windows Phone through the Windows Phone Facebook Page and @WindowsPhone Twitter handle.

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  • Oliviaxin
    32 Posts

    Error 2123 occurs when the program is launched from the desktop shortcut. It occurs after the program is updated. A program update changes the directory and name of the .exe or program file. The shortcut on the desktop looks for the old file name but cannot find it, resulting in the 2123 error.

  • As Kevin Shields was saying, with other phones you have to install multiple apps just to get on Facebook. A good example of of how good the Facebook integration is on WindowsPhone is that I have uninstalled the Facebook app, not just from my start screen, but completely from my phone. And that's not just because the app is slow and buggy. It's because the phone has all the features that I need built in and IE9 renders Facebook perfectly.

  • I_Mean
    24 Posts

    Personally, I think the Lumia is a flawed design in terms of the proper positioning of the capacitive buttons. If properly implemented, the device would have looked wonderful in overall look. Whenever I look the lumia, i am let down with the awkward positioning of the buttons. Probability of hitting the buttons accidently very high. Also, I would like to note that the camera button should have placed a little up since WP7 is not easy to use the camera feature with single hand. So, if the camera button is a little up, it would make the user to take picture with single hand very easily since there is no virutal shutter button, and tapping to take picture is slower than using button as it takes a little fraction of time to focus. The best example of proper capacitive button use would be Dell Venue Pro and while the worst placement of camera button would be HTC trophy. I would really appreaciate if the Microsft phone design team, try the HTC trophy from verizon, and take the pictures with just single hand in portrait mode using the camera button. I doubt it won't be easy on them. Also, I would request them to take the video and use the zoom in and out feature, and playback. It is really troublesome to use the zoom in and out on WP7 tapping everytime or just simply pressing the + or - still feels like I am tapping the zoom in and out button that doesn't give a good, smooth and continous zooming experience in video. I really hope that they can fix those things too along with many other things.

  • Been using Nokia for a long long time, Loved it . When i came to US i missed my NOkia because nobody uses it here, now i am very excited that Nokia is coming back with Nokia to USA. cant wait for my Lumia 800,

  • @Will Kesseler I agree that these videos would be better posted as viewable on a mobile device.  This is one of the only sites where I can't view embedded videos via my Blackberry Bold browser.

  • jwolffie
    13 Posts

    It has been a month now and I still can't get Mango on my existing phone. Why does it take forever to get a Windows phone update?

  • Nokia/Windows... Integrate NFC with these 2 new Nokia Windows Phone!

  • Can these videos be posted in a way that we can view them from our Windows Phones? I haven't been able to see any of your video blogs from Nokia World. :/