Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 28th Feb 2011 11:23 UTC, submitted by Joao Luis
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Now that the dust has settled after Stephen Elop's big announcement on the 11th February 2011, many have come to realise that actually Nokia's move towards a a new Ecosystem is not as bad as what they thought. [...] But what does all this mean for the Nokia Developers? When the proposed partnership with Microsoft was announced, many felt betrayed and worried about their future, but after having heard and assisted a number of workshops at the Nokia Developer Day at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier this month, their outlook towards the new ecosystem has taken a 180 degree turn and are now looking at the proposed partnership with a lot more enthusiasm, recognising the potential it will bring them in the coming months."
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RE[3]: Biased article
by Laurence on Mon 28th Feb 2011 14:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Biased article"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Mac OS X was outsold for months on end by Mac OS 9.

That's not really a fair comparison.

Apple had somewhat lost their way in pushing their products to the home user. Thus Mac's were primarily used in the creative industry rather than as a home computing platform. So the majority of sales wouldn't have been from home users wanting the next best thing - it would have been from users dependant on their computer. If you compare this trend with Windows, then you'll see that XP outsold Me / 2000 in it's launch, which in turn was outsold by Vista and now by 7 - as there are/were enough "casual" PC users per business user to promote the sales of the new technology.

In fact I worked for the IT department of a publishing house around the time OS X was released and some workstations where still running OS8 let alone 9 / X for that very reason. It's also the same as how all the workstations in my current job are still running XP despite most homes now running Vista and Win7 (though as I said before, the ratio of home vs business user for Windows is greater than was for Macs back in 2000).

Also lets not forget that mobile phones, have a much shorter life than desktop / laptop computer - to the point when phones are often regarded as disposable toys - and are often bought based on what's shiney and new rather than what's proven to be dependable.

I don't think I've explained this very well but I hope you get my point.

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RE[4]: Biased article
by dsmogor on Mon 28th Feb 2011 18:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Biased article"
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2005-09-01

How is that, that a cell phone frequently costing as much as a decent laptop is treated as a disposable 15 mniutes play toy, and the laptop isn't?

Edited 2011-02-28 18:11 UTC

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RE[5]: Biased article
by Not2Sure on Mon 28th Feb 2011 18:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Biased article"
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2009-12-07

Size of the package *ahem*

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RE[5]: Biased article
by Laurence on Tue 1st Mar 2011 08:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Biased article"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

How is that, that a cell phone frequently costing as much as a decent laptop is treated as a disposable 15 mniutes play toy, and the laptop isn't?

First off, I don't know where you live but in the UK you can't buy decent laptops for the same price as even a top end smart phone.

However, to address your question, quite simply because phone contracts disperse the cost of handsets over a 12 to 24 month period. Thus the cost of a handset becomes almost transparent. Add to that moving to a new contract (even with the same network provider) is always sold as an "upgrade" because you receive a new "free" handset (which again is absorbed in the cost of the network usage).

Plus those that buy their smart phones outright buy cheaper ones (as they're after a cheaper alternative to expensive contracts) and all the rest likely have "hand me downs" from friends / relatives so don't pay much if anything at all.

Thus the cost people spend up front for phones does not even come close to the cost people spend up front for new computers.

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