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Mar
2011

Is Nokia really that small?

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Written by Vedran Dakic   

NokiaSo, Nokia decided to go with WP7. Smart move or a dumb one - we'll see about that, and hopefully - rather soon. At the same time, we have companies like HTC (Desire, Desire HD, Incredible, ...) and Sony Ericsson (for example, Xperia X8, X10, X10 mini etc) doing Android-based phones, and WP7-based ones (HTC HD7, Mozart, Trophy, Surround, Sony Ericsson Xperia X7, X7 mini, announced and unannounced models). The question is - is Nokia "that small" that it couldn't withstand doing both like our examples here, HTC and Sony Ericsson?

Let's look at the facts here - it's been years and years since Nokia introduced anything remotely resembling "innovative" smartphone on the market. Yes, it's a "Nokia invention", they've been at it for years and years but - it's really hard to understand how things got so royally s***ed up.

I mean, I've been a loyal Symbian user since... forever. Communicators, N-series, E-series, whatever, I used most of them. But somewhere along the way, I started to notice that Nokia is lagging behind - both in terms of features and speed, which I didn't find all that disturbing - and in terms of development ideas, which is a huge idea. I mean, most of the things they did since E90 introduction didn't do anything for me at all. E7x series is also ok. But it's still miles away from what Android-based phones and iPhones could do. Is it the "we're too big to fail", Microsoft-way that got to them or something else, it doesn't really matter all that much. What's important that they need to do something, and fast.

One of the primary reasons why Nokia was failing was the fact that their OS didn't really "get along" with touchscreen interfaces that were becoming dominant on the smartphone market for awile. They did some tweaks but - having a Nokia phone with touchscreen is like saying that last Guns 'n' Roses album (or last Queen album with Paul Rodgers) is a masterpiece. It all looks fine and touchy on paper, it brings up memories and a smile - but in reality - it's really not all that good....

They announced that they're gonna introduce another version of Symbian for current users, hundreds of millions of them. I'm sure all of them will appericiate that and kuddos for that. But... what the heck are you gonna do with Meego and Symbian in the future, when future looks increasingly tied in the three-way battle between Apple, Google and Microsoft?

Just received some reports that Sony Ericsson is gonna deliver a whole bunch of new Android-based phones to the US market. Nokia should really stop thinking, and start acting. And I strongly feel that going with Android and WP7 would be a much better way to go for the disgruntled giant...

 

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