Smartphone backup! Nokia offers $15 phone with a month's battery life

Nokia's latest ultra-cheap candybar phone looks like a good replacement for my trusty e-ink Moto F3. A month's battery life on standby, an FM radio and an LED flashlight add up to a perfect "backup" phone for long-term blackouts, natural disasters and zombie holocausts. [Engadget]

Nokia expects €126m loss

Nokia's in dire straits despite launching the well-liked Lumia smartphone, writes Charles Arthur: "the rise first of Apple and more recently of cheap handsets running Google's free Android software has devastated the Finnish firm's profits and sales, cutting its share of the smartphone market from about 40% a few years ago to less than 10% in the first quarter of this year." [The Guardian] Rob

Nokia Lumia 900

Reviews of Nokia's Lumia 900 are in: Ars Technica, The Verge, Gizmodo, Engadget and Wired each have in-depth coverage of the new flagship Windows Phone.

The good points include nice hardware, an inexpensive price tag (when under contract, at least) and the attractive design of the handset itself.

The cons include a low-res display—it's only 800x480, far less than recent Android phones and the iPhone 4S—and the poor selection of third party software available to Windows Phone users.

No Nokia N9 for America or UK

Nokia's N9, the long-awaited MeeGo Linux cellphone, won't be coming to the U.S. after all. Engadget's Darren Murph received the "disheartening" news, echoed in UK reports, after asking the company to offer a firm release date.

"After the very positive reception to the launch of the Nokia N9, the product is now being rolled out in countries around the world. At this time we will not be making it available in the US. Nokia takes a market by market approach to product rollout, and each country makes its own decisions about which products to introduce from those available. Decisions are based on an assessment of existing and upcoming products that make up No...

Previously: Nokia’s N9 is “beautifully simple”