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Nokia’s Misleading Video Dents Lumia’s Image

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 «permalink»

On September 5th, 2012, Nokia announced their newest line of Windows Phones; the Lumia 820 and 920. The 920 seems to be their new flagship, touting a wide variety of nice features including a stunning new display and none-too-shabby internals.

Unfortunately, outside of these opening day announcements, nobody is talking about these things. The tech press is wound around the fact that Nokia faked the still photos and video footage used during their presentation. Supposedly in an attempt to show off the benefits of technologies being used in the device — such as image stabilization — they used high quality video and still cameras that exhibited the same features.

This is, to drop all pretense of politeness, the stupidest fucking I’ve heard this week, and I live in the Southern US. If your cameras are so awesome, then show images and videos taken using that camera. Not another camera that just so happens to have the same features while sporting a ridiculously more powerful imaging system. What executive heard this plan and thought it was a good idea?

This is a PR nightmare for Nokia, and it’s hard to feel bad for them and their woes when they keep doing stupid shit like this to themselves.