Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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RE[2]: Microsoft or Nokia
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 11:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Microsoft or Nokia"
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Believe it or not, but the iPhone is still too expensive for a lot of people. Nokia wants to cover the sector of the market that the iPhone doesn't touch. And I can only applaud them for it--more smartphones in more people's hands can only be a good thing for the industry as a whole.

I generally agree with your point about Apple being the only manufacturer with a clue, though. Not only has the software side been unimaginative all these years, but Apple is the only manufacturer in the computer or the phone biz that has figured out that you don't need millions of models to be successful.

To some extent, customers *like* their choices being limited, if it means that every model they buy does exactly what they expect and does it well. The problem with the rest of the computer, mobile phone, and consumer electronics industry (and even the U.S. car industry) is that they think there needs to be one model per every "type" of consumer--and then they end up with half of their models being mediocre, and every one of them being the result of compromises. Not to mention that the names of products are then cryptic number/letter combinations that hardly anyone can remember.

I'm not saying Nokia needs to take it to the extreme that Apple has taken it--I like some of the choice it provides. But I don't think it would hurt it to limit its variety just a little bit. For instance, how many models of mid-priced Nokia candybar phones do we need? Might it not be better to have one iconic model available at any given time?

Edited 2009-12-03 11:29 UTC

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