Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 10:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "You'll remember the 'scroll and select' days of S60, hopefully. Smartphones driven by a navigational d-pad with central 'OK' button. Now look in your hand to see Symbian in Belle Refresh or Belle FP2 form and there's very little similarity. How did we get from one to the other and could things have happened differently? I say yes."
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RE[2]: who die first?
by Nelson on Sun 21st Apr 2013 18:03 UTC in reply to "RE: who die first?"
Nelson
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While RIM is unlikely to regain the business market share they once enjoyed, their BB10 phones look good enough to me to maintain a sustainable business. (I've never used a BB, but I know many people who still do and would like to stay with them.)


I agree. I think BlackBerry will be able to emerge from this bloodied and battered but alive. Their new CEO is a pretty smart guy and he's making the right moves mostly.


With the crash of Symbian and the rapid decline in feature phones, though, Nokia has hitched their star firmly to Microsoft.


Thankfully Symbian is almost completely dead, Nokia only sold 500,000 last quarter. Their feature phone segment I think is only slipping away from them because of a lack of investment.

Asha does a lot to reverse this, and over the past few quarters it has eased the pain but not completely removed it. I think when faced with a sub $100 Android phone, and a sub $100 Asha, or even a $180 Windows Phone the choice will be clear for a lot of people.

If anyone has a chance of reversing this trend its Nokia.


If Microsoft changes direction again and becomes a sole source WP phone manufacturer in light of its current poor market performance, as they have so often in the past, Nokia is Screwed For Sure.


I can't see them doing this, and if they did it'd be a bad bet. Nokia does phones better than Microsoft would.

Microsoft has recently said they have no plans for a Surface Phone and they're happy with Nokia.

Question though, is Windows Phone's overall performance an indictment on Nokia or on the other OEMs? If every OEM moved almost 6 million devices a quarter Windows Phone would be a lot better off.

I'd place more blame at HTC and Samsung's feet than at Nokia who seems to be doing everything they can despite having a fraction of the money Samsung has.

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