Like Apple, Nokia wants their early N8 prototype back too

Like Apple, Nokia wants their early N8 prototype back too

Summary: A lost iPhone was stolen a couple weeks ago and now it seems someone took an N8 prototype who was not supposed to have it and slammed it for the early software build it was running. Nokia wants their device back, but may not have the US police at their disposal.


I wrote about the new Nokia N8 announcement this morning and have to honestly say I am more excited about this device than the new iPhone. I mentioned this review of a prototype (Google translated link) that was previewed a few days ago and for some reason is being used by a bunch of US press and bloggers as truth that the N8 will suck. Folks, this is an early prototype and as we all know Nokia does major work on the software prior to, and even after, release of the product so you cannot judge a device coming out in several months running software at this time and please do not prejudge the N8 too early. Granted, it may end up disappointing many people, but it isn't fair to burn a device running early software. Similar to the stolen iPhone episode, Nokia posted that they want their prototype back too please.

In the past, Nokia has released devices too early before the software was ready and this wasn't made more apparent than with the Nokia N97 last year. The hardware was good, but the software was limited and it wasn't until a few months later that a good software build was released. It sounds like Nokia is not going to make that mistake this year with the N8 and is thoroughly testing it out to make sure users get a solid experience.

Topics: Software, Apple, CXO, Nokia, IT Employment

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  • "stolen" iPhone?

    Why do people keep using the word "stolen"? As far
    as everything I have seen, the phone was lost--and
    attempted to be returned, as well, before Gizmodo
    obtained, reviewed and finally returned the phone
    to apple. I don't see where "stolen" comes into
    that at all.
    • Attempted to be returned, I don't think so

      According to the facts as Gizmodo laid them out there was not really an attempt to return the iPhone. They had the Facebook info and other info on the guy who lost it, yet they did not contact him through Facebook to give it back. Most people would have given it to the bartender or bar owner since people who lose things usually go back to the place where they lost it to find it. I doubt you can call what the "finder" did any kind of reasonable attempt to return the iPhone and thus it was stolen.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • not what giz reported.

        They reported that the guy who found the phone
        in the bar actually called apple and was
        rebuffed, as apple did not believe that he had
        a prototype iphone. they also report that the
        phone was wiped overnight giving the finder no
        way to get any other contact information from

        after giz obtained it they telephoned the guy
        who lost it and spoke to him about giving it
        back, and did return it after getting the
        written confirmation from apple that it did
        indeed belong to them.

        nothing about this seems improper to me,
        assuming it is true.
        • "after giz obtained it they telephoned the guy..."

          Wait, I thought the contact information was wiped.

          Sorry, lots of holes in this story.

          Anyway, by California law, even if you find something, you can't just turn
          around and sell it as if it were yours. Once you do that, it becomes theft.
          Even worse, there is a civil law in California regarding trade secrets.
          Gizmodo has openly put a bounty on Apple prototypes, none of which
          could be obtained legally. They have clearly stated that they are willing
          to buy stolen property, and, in this case, it seems they did.
          • apparently

            the guy who found it saw someone's name on the
            facebook app before it was wiped, and giz had the
            resources to track him down.

            as far as California law goes, I wonder how it
            affects this issue that Apple reps told the finder
            that this was not their phone, was a fake chinese
            knock off, and good day? They literally disowned
            the phone at that point.
      • The bar tender? Get real.

        A drunk guy looked briefly at a Facebook page and then left. In the
        morning, the phone was bricked and he could not get in to the phone.

        As for giving it to the bar tender? Get real. Having known several and
        listening to their stories, what idiot would even think of doing that? I am
        sorry, turning it into the bar tender would show serious brain damage. I
        have found, for the most part, bar tenders are very profit motivated and
        will take advantage of situations in a heartbeat.

        The bar's owner. That might be a much better idea (or even calling the
        bar back).