Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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Feature phones
by Moredhas on Fri 11th Feb 2011 12:04 UTC
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What about Nokia's feature phones, aka "dumb phones"? There's one thing that Nokia does well, and that's make phones that are just phones - ask any old person who can barely make their digits meet those of the phone. Anecdotally speaking, I've seen a LOT of Nokia smartphones returned on warranty in the past 18 months. A disproportionate number. I'd be stupid to think it started immediately when I started working at the phone shop, so I must assume that their smart phones for at least the past two years have been failures. The N900 was a step in the right direction, too bad they forgot MMS out of the box, but everything else (with the current exception of the N8, though I'm still holding my breath) has had manufacturer's faults piled high as the sky. If they're planning to move to a smartphone only business model, they'd best be prepared to kiss goodbye the only sure thing on their sales figures.

I say this because, if Nokia plans to drop Symbian entirely, this will leave them with no dumbphone OS, unless they plan to start charging up around the AU$500 mark for their feature phones, too. They'll need pretty powerful hardware in their dumbphones to run Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, there are still people who can't grasp the basics of how to use a mobile phone, like even how to open their damn contacts after I've put a shortcut on their phone's home screen. If Nokia begin to fail in their just-a-phone business, then they have no future as a company. That's the one market they have 100% cornered.

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