Nokia N900 was AMAZING - Sure it had it's issues to be used as a phone, it simply wasn't polished properly - but that was a real proper geek style smartphone, complete with QWERTY.
I loved it's debian based. The only phone i've REALLY wanted in the last decade or so until the N950 which turned out to be justa developer phone.
Then they dropped the production despite demand being high :(
Auction prices for used N900s were same as new phones when they were last available for sometime.
N950 if sold to public i'm sure would have sold A LOT.
These few models are the only ones i've seen from Nokia in a really long time which combines their HW excellency with some software excellence.
I would buy either N900 or N950 still new to date if they were available - not interested in used phones of this kind, can't be arsed to go through finding out how to reset the system to completely original from factory to avoid 'extras'.
I was waiting and hoping for N950 to hit the shelves like the rising moon! I was hugely disappointed when it came clear it's developers only. I would even accepted drawbacks like short battery life, no camera what-so-ever, no bluetooth and even major ones like way too slow CPU, too little RAM, no MicroSD slot!
I even considered getting N9 despite lack of qwerty phone but the demand for Qwerty outweighed, i might need to SSH into servers on the road, and doing even basic maintenance on touchscreen keyboard ... no thanks, so i got E7. Since E7 nokia hasn't released any phone worth even considering for my use.
I don't want an Android or IOS phone due to obvious privacy concerns, usability concerns etc. I want Nokia Hardware + Meego! and i'd pay extra for that.
To me, other manufacturers are not even proper choice, Nokia is a phone manufacturer first, everything else then, unlike the other companies. This means Nokia pays attention to things which don't come up anywhere in the development cycle with the likes of Samsung, Apple, HTC etc.
Sure, Nokia hardware ain't perfect neither, but they are *phones* from start to finish, and this shows up in things like durability (mechanical) and battery life which are most obvious, and many many little details.
For example, my E7 i've dropped to concrete floor, on asphalt on multiple occasions, but absolutely no damage, the most wear on that phone is on the plastic end parts from being in my pocket. Screen is still like from factory, and the screen is actually so sensitive that you can use thin gloves with it, which i hear other phones are not. Once on a trip i was away for 6½ days without charging my phone before getting back to home and putting it back to charger.
Friend with whom i was on the trip had to charge his android phone every night.
So please nokia! Bring back Meego, make a brilliant phone with Aluminium or Titanium case, nice screen, qwerty, protected durable USB connector, plenty of storage + ram, decent extra low power cpu and meego -> You will sell a lot.
I can't be alone willing to put out extra 100-200€ for a Nokia phone like that! Even if it's "low end" hardware spec i would still happily put the extra 100-200€ !