Nokia teaches "dog" new tricks

Nokia has today released a new version of its N-Gage game deck, which it believes will go some way towards addressing criticisms leveled at the original model.

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By  Peter Branton Published  April 14, 2004

Nokia has today released a new version of its N-Gage game deck, which it believes will go some way towards addressing criticisms leveled at the original model. The company says the N-Gage QD comes with all the gaming features of the original N-gage “plus a few welcome adjustments”. These include changes to the design which make it easier to use as a conventional phone and the ability to change games without having to remove the battery. Since the original N-Gage’s launch last year, the design has attracted criticism, with users complaining about the difficulty of using it as a phone and the hassle of having to remove the battery and start again every time they wanted to change games. John Riccitiello, chief operating officer of gaming giant Electronic Arts, famously described it as “a dog.” Nokia’s chairman and CEO, Jorma Olila, admitted in February that sales had been lower than the company had hoped. On its web site, Nokia states that it has listened to user feedback for the QD model. As well as the design changes, the N-Gage QD won’t come with a MP3 player and will be cheaper than the regular N-Gage. Nokia says the two models will be completely compatible, so games will work on both.

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