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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No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

The only thing the iPhone did better was that it had a good touch screen interface and a good browser. Oh, and a nifty voicemail interface (does anyone care about this?). At lauch, it lacked 3G, MMS, multitasking and cut & paste, all of which were implemented on Symbian phones.

Somehow, it has taken Symbian longer to implement a decent touch screen interface than it has taken Apple to get most of the other things in shape.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The only thing the iPhone did better was that it had a good touch screen interface and a good browser.

That combination sold me on my HTC Desire. ;)

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lenrek Member since:
2005-07-07

Yup!

When I first saw iPhone, I thought it looks nice. But once I knew it lacks a lot features, I wonder why anyone would buy this crap. I was wrong

Good marketing can sell. If you can't make it good, make it look good!

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zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

And in the case of the iPhone and iPad, they are good.

You only need to use an Android phone (I use an Epic 4G) for a few days to notice that it isn't nearly as smooth as an iPhone.

And the less said about Android tablets the better.

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MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

At lauch, it lacked 3G, MMS, multitasking and cut & paste, all of which were implemented on Symbian phones.


*Blablabla*
As an owner of a Symbian phone, I give a sh***t on features like multitasking, cut & paste, MMS, etc. when the usability of said features is more than laking.

E. g. somebody mentioned that Nokias N95 went unnoticed because of a lake of marketing. Sorry, the N95 went unnoticed because it was a typical tech fetishist's product: A long list of features without any thought about usability. The N95 was a typical dinosaur device: Like dinosaurs growing bigger and bigger with the same brain until the reach the end of the flagpole, the N series packed more and more hardware into the device without any thoughts about developing the OS.

People tend to forget that some of Apple's innovation lie in the parts Apple did willfully omit e. g. no stylus and no physical keyboard input. Despite most 'smartphone users' that were fixated on this (thus all the comments at the beginning of the iPhone era about how Apple will fail miserably without such hardware input), Apple succeeded by providing a usable alternative to those means of input.

Apple's strategy was the right one: What they did provide was done right. They focused on certain features building a usable 'base device', delivering other features with updates when they were done. Now have a look at what Nokia does ..

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Apple's "innovation" doesn't lie in what they omit. The touchscreen is just a different input device, not even necessarily a better one. Better for web browsing, worse for almost everything else. Apple's "innovation" was never about omitting MMS, cut & paste or multitasking, they simply couldn't deliver at the time.

Of course, they needed the same people who queued up for the first gen iPhone to queue up for the 3G version next year, so in that sense their innovation lie in what they omit. They're very good at using their fan base for marketing, so making a first generation product with glaring flaws to go along with the bling is an excellent way to get to sell the same product twice.

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