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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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 9th Feb 2011 04:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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What parts of the N900 do you feel were ahead of it time, hardware or software wise? The only notably good feature I can note( completly open system), is of little benefit to common users.

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RE[4]: ... - common users
by jabbotts on Wed 9th Feb 2011 14:11 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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I think common users still benefit hugely from an open system. They may not interact with it intentionally or even be aware of it but they definitely benefit.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Well... Kinda.

I mean *both* android, webos, and even the iphone ( based off osx which is benefited at one point from BSD) are as good as they are because of those benefits of open systems finally making their way into better products that consumers can experience.

The increase in openness wasn't always apparent back in 1980 when Bill Joy was hacking on BSD. He probably wasn't thinking of the benefits to a apple computer device that woudl be more powerful than any of berkley's computers. But everyone (who uses an iphone) benefited from his work.

Nor was the benefit of a free and open kernel unix like kernel apparent in 1991 when Linus first posted it to the world. No doubt the idea of an arm based phone used by millions running it as its kernel would have been jeered at. Yet again we Android users all benefited from that.

So yes everyday users do benefit from open systems, even when they don't realise it. But, they don't buy a device because of its openness. They buy the devices for the cool features the openness has enabled.

So, can anyone tell me what the "ahead of its time" features were of the n900 that would cause a non developer to purchase it over the contemporary phones of its day?

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