iPhone Prototype Gizmodo Storm – Nokia N8 Prototype Ripple – My Thoughts

I have been meaning to write about this whole saga for a little while now, but have been waiting patiently for the dust to settle, and await some facts from both sides of the story, the Nokia N8 Prototype in particular.

When the missing iPhone Prototype went missing, being left in a bar, then amazingly picked up by one of the most popular tech blogs, the Editor of Gizmodo actually being contacted about it, and then given the iPhone prototype, its all a bit too much of a coincidence, and convenient if you ask me.

This amazing story has reached more tech, and mobile blogs than ever, with the whole story being somewhat of a soap-opera, so much so, there were many blog posts based on every step of the whole saga, from the bar incident, to the iPhone prototype being disabled, and blocked, to Apple asking for it back, to eventually Apple getting the Police involved, and having the Editor of Gizmodo’s PC confiscated.

Was all of this just some crazy Public Relations stunt? What are your thoughts on how all of this was handled? I would be interested to hear what you think to it all, especially when you compare how the whole Nokia N8 Prototype Saga was handled in contrast to the iPhone.

Now onto The Nokia N8 Prototype that went missing, checkout Nokia Conversations (The Official Nokia Blog) for details, but in this case, the missing Nokia Prototype, was not left in a bar, but this time, somehow managed to land in the one persons hands who has/had quite an influence on the whole Nokia, and Symbian online communities, Eldar Murtazin of Russia’s Mobile Review.

Ok, not everyone worships the ground Eldar walks on, myself included, and following what Eldar did the day before the Official Announcement of the Nokia N8 was sheer unprofessional. Although Eldar says he didn’t post a review of the device, but merely shared his negative experiences of it, this caused a wave of negative, Nokia bashing, and doomed blog posts taking Eldar’s experiences of the N8 as gospel, little did most of these writers know the state of the N8 Prototype, and its early stage firmware.

Eldar has since been interviewed about this whole leak of the N8 to the public by Steve O’Hear of Last100, where he goes into detail about his side of the story, although not exactly telling us anything new. He talks about leaks, and I quote –

“We have a very strict rule and Nokia know about that rule. If a picture or information about a product already leaked, we could publish a more extensive review, preview or information about that product. We do not have an NDA agreement with Nokia”.

This to me don’t sound right at all, as one could easily pose as an early leak source, and then later leak additional information on said leaked property. It’s not exactly rocket science.

I have wrote a few times now about my feelings on Leaks of Nokia devices, which can be found here, and a response blog post from Munkimatt here.

Let me know your thoughts on how the Nokia N8 Prototype effected you personally, be it putting you off Nokia products, or angering you. Do you follow Eldar, and value his opinions on Nokia products? Look forward to your thoughts.


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  • Jason

    I Think Nokia acted in a mature way. Apple on the other hand acted like a bunch of big cry babies, I understand a prototype leak is a big deal,But I don’t think it warrants sending the “Apple Police” to your home to kick in your door and confiscate someone computer, This is not the former USSR.

  • Felix

    Hi personally don’t like Eldar and his reviews. And even now, moaning about symbian3, it seems he is expecting some fancypants os and that all os have to be uber sweet and soapy. In my case, i rather prefer a rock solid os, no fancy icons, but fast and long battery life. so if symbian3 isn’t gonna be a “wow” in your face UI i don’t care, as long as i have lot’s of functionality. most important ist that it reacts fast and the menu is fast. pardon me, smart Eldar.. now for the leak.. i think it is strange that some retards like eldar is getting those devices. anyway i look forward to the device, and i will then check it out myself in the store. i hope nokia finally gets ovi store right, this is the biggest failure… it just hasn’t got enough apps, and they should stop finally useing “angry birds” as a show off. we want cool gapps and games .. comon nokia .. deliver ..!!

  • http://www.blackphoebe.com/msjen Ms. Jen

    Hi Micky,

    I also have a blog post, half written, about this subject. My thoughts are as follows for all the protestations of Mr. Eldar M, he is acting as an online journalists but yet he wants to be treated like a naive baby blogger. One can’t have it both ways.

    If he is a journalist, then he has broken quite of the ethics of the trade. If he is a naive baby blogger, then how in the heck did he get a prototype?

    Me thinks he doth protest too much.

    As for the Apple thing, gah. Gah. GAH. GACK!

    Imagine Bill the Cat spitting up a hair ball.

  • Steve

    I Think Nokia acted in a mature way. Apple on the other hand acted like a bunch of big cry babies, I understand a prototype leak is a big deal,But I don’t think it warrants sending the “Apple Police” to your home to kick in your door and confiscate someone computer, This is not the former USSR.