Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:04 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Speaking of Nokia - Engadget got their hands on what is supposedly an internal memo sent to Nokia employees by the company's new CEO. It's... Brutal. As in, brutally honest. There's no sugar-coating here, no unicorns, no glitter. "Nokia, our platform is burning." Update: Android is probably out of the question. Will it be Windows Phone 7, after all? Damn; Palm tonight, Nokia Friday - what a week for mobile! Update: The "Communities Dominate Brands" blog published an in-depth analysis of the memo, which claims with sound arguments that it might well be a hoax.
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Comment by Praxis
by Praxis on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:55 UTC
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And thus rumors of Nokia adopting wp7 gain more veracity. He was equally scathing of Symbian and Meego, but they can't very well drop symbian on the low end since their really aren't any true alternatives yet. Meegos main flaw seems to be its lateness, and I think everyone can agree that that is true. They had a working OS in maemo, did the merger with Intel's moblin really set them back that far, one have to wonder if that was a mistake. The memo does not give me much hope for the long term prospects of either.

However wp7 is not a perfect savior. Its more a less a closed platform and there is little Nokia can do to it on the software side to differentiate themselves from other OEMs. The strongest innovation Nokia has on the software side right now is Qt, which doesn't transfer to wp7 at all. So all Nokia could innovate on is the hardware, and lets be frank here they aren't exactly that far ahead of everyone else. Their stuff is generally slower than everyone elses ,the processor at least, but compensate with a decent sense of design and good build quality ,similar to apple really. Both good traits but nothing that other manufacturers can't replicate eventually. The decision to join Microsoft ecosystem is also on fraught with compromise. Join an existing ecosystem may net them some new customers (if Microsofts ecosystem take off) but also remember that only Microsoft will be directly profiting off that ecosystem, same with Google and Apple. This isn't a bad thing really. Its the same position all the other oems find themselves in, but its not what Nokia would find ideal.

I guess what I'm saying is that if Nokia does switch to wp7 its not something I would get excited about (unless your a Nokia stockholder) or really consider a huge win for Nokia. Rather its an admission that they couldn't hack it in the software business and going back to take their places among the commodity hardware oems. This might not be a bad thing for Nokia overall, it may make perfect business sense. But its not really very exciting as an observer. Which in the end is all I am.

Edited 2011-02-09 00:59 UTC

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RE: Comment by Praxis
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th Feb 2011 05:56 in reply to "Comment by Praxis"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Nokia is really between a rock and a hard place.

Going for WP7 is begging to be one of the blunt bunch. I mean, WP7 is the least customizable, down to the chipset. Going with Android? Also a bad decision.
But they now have to choose the least of two evils. Both will keep Nokia afloat in short or mid term.

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RE: Comment by Praxis
by Neolander on Wed 9th Feb 2011 06:46 in reply to "Comment by Praxis"
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2010-03-08

So all Nokia could innovate on is the hardware, and lets be frank here they aren't exactly that far ahead of everyone else. Their stuff is generally slower than everyone elses ,the processor at least, but compensate with a decent sense of design and good build quality ,similar to apple really.

I beg to differ.

I'd never say that nokia have a good sense of design myself, at least not in the sense of good aesthetics. Their phone are generally looking the same as every single equivalent or worse. As for the other aspects of hardware design, I don't feel like their their hardware is easier to use or something either. They are just dull, usual cellphones.

In my opinion, Nokia is good in hardware, but because of...
-Yet, build quality. And contrary to Apple hardware, most Nokia phones don't just feel solid... It's incredible what some can withstand. Gorilla or not, you'd not see Nokia put glass and heavy materials in the case of something which is meant to be carried around everywhere.
-Diversity. One of the few brands which sells more than one kind of phone and which puts some care in its non-touchscreen hardware.
-Battery life. The OS has a role to play there, but there are also other factors, like using smaller screens and hardware keyboards.

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RE[2]: Comment by Praxis
by Praxis on Wed 9th Feb 2011 07:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by Praxis"
Praxis Member since:
2009-09-17


In my opinion, Nokia is good in hardware, but because of...
-Yet, build quality. And contrary to Apple hardware, most Nokia phones don't just feel solid... It's incredible what some can withstand. Gorilla or not, you'd not see Nokia put glass and heavy materials in the case of something which is meant to be carried around everywhere.
-Diversity. One of the few brands which sells more than one kind of phone and which puts some care in its non-touchscreen hardware.
-Battery life. The OS has a role to play there, but there are also other factors, like using smaller screens and hardware keyboards.


I'll concede thats a better description of Nokia hardware than mine. Battery life is mostly the OS though, sure they could use a slower processor and smaller screen, but do you think they could sell an underpowered phone with a tiny screen in todays market. Their recent higher end phones do have a decent look though. However I was purposefully forgetting some of their design abominations in the past. They still have the same problems though.

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