Well, that's a fairly controversial view Splat. Sure, the original N-gage was almost hilariously ill-concieved as a phone (it wasn't bad, if under-powered, as a games device) but the compromises required for dual functionality really do make it almost inevitable that it'll miss the mark.
I think the new N-Gage strategy is much better -- foremost a powerful phone (okay, a 'mini computer' or whatever Nokia is calling it), but with powerful functions for game management and purchasing.
That said, they need to sort out the controls. Mobile gamers were in a better position 2 years ago when it comes to controls -- the N93i sounds like the latest victim, as Mike will report in his review tomorrow (spoiler! oops, bit late!