Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 22:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless During the iPad presentation, I was rather perplexed by Apple's claim to be the largest mobile device company in the world. Apparently, I wasn't the only one scratching his head, as Nokia itself, and even the Financial Times, is calling Apple out on its juggling with figures and definitions.
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by JonathanBThompson on Sat 30th Jan 2010 01:28 UTC
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Apple clearly spelled out what they defined as mobile devices, and, sure enough: not one of the devices Apple used in the comparison require you to sit down and plug it into the wall in order to use it (though, granted, typing on a laptop while standing up isn't easy, but it IS portable and can be used on your lap readily enough, hence the name) and they also clearly stated the units they were measuring themselves against the other names compared against: revenue. Thus, Nokia and Sony, while almost certainly they have been selling a larger number of portable devices, due to the big differences in the fact that Apple doesn't cater to the slim margin products, and Nokia absolutely does, for a huge portion of theirs, well, Apple's claims are true, thus, Nokia really has nothing to say to them or about them that isn't sour grapes: both companies are in it to win it, and both have chosen their strategies that they're (presumably) happy with, so they've made their own beds.

Besides, it's always entertaining to watch tech titans brawl, isn't it???

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