Nokia N91

It was only a matter of time before cell phone companies came out with devices comparable to iPods in functionality. Today is that day as Nokia announced its N91, a phone with a 4-GB hard drive. Although the device will be priced between $500-$900 it gives you a phone and a music player in a form-factor about the size of a an iPod Mini.

What remains to be seen is which carriers will want such a device. Carriers are looking for ways to generate revenue from music and such a player could conceivable allow users to download songs without making use of wireless networks. The holy grail for cellular companies is to get people to pay to download music, radio and TV. A device like the N91 may sidestep what these companies see as a lucrative business model.

Nokia N91

Will The Nokia N91 Become an iPod Killer?

Moreover, Apple iTunes service is slick and the songs from the service won’t work on the Nokia device. Still, there are an abundance of ways people can download music these days so the lack of iTunes support may not hamper the Nokia phone which the company hopes to sell 40 million of in the first year. Analysts think at the price of $500 or 2.5 times what an iPOD Mini costs, this target is over-ambitious.

In the end there is a coolness factor to the iPod which doesn’t exist with Nokia as of yet. Even the device name, N91, lacks coolness. Steve Jobs deserves a great deal of credit for naming products, amazing design and marketing. Will people want to pay hundreds more for a music player that has a phone and tell people it is called N91? I think the name limits the appeal but if enough service providers get behind this new device it could really revolutionize the cellular market.

  • Mobile Guy
    April 29, 2005 at 6:39 pm

    The name is no worse than nGage

  • Rich Tehrani
    April 29, 2005 at 6:48 pm

    Perhaps you are right. I have never been a fan of product names with numbers. At least not double-digits. A cool name like MobileForce, MobileSorm or SoundScape would be better in my opinion.

  • yasir
    May 9, 2005 at 3:04 am

    Future iPot Now in Nokia

  • wallace
    June 24, 2005 at 3:24 am

    N91 IS NOT A BAD NAME INDEED…..ITS POWERFUL FEATURES AMAZE ME LOT!!!

  • hassan
    August 30, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    hi
    this set is ipod killer this set broke all the recrds.larg memory set and have too many options

  • hassan
    August 30, 2005 at 2:31 pm

    hi
    very powerful features mobile and impress me a lot

  • Victor Mosehla
    January 11, 2006 at 11:57 am

    I dont see a need for an iPod – name doesn’t matter

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