Source: The Wall Street Journal
quote: Can you please tell me how flat sales from both Apple and Samsung during the same period that Nokia sales dropped nearly 20% means that Apple created a "bloodbath". In fact it wasn't until after Nokia went full windows that Apple and Samsung started taking sales. If anything it was all the other companies jumping into Android that killed Nokia.With the entire market growing, 4m sales of Apple phones does not directly equal the 4m sales lost by Nokia. If Nokia went Android they would have grown with the rest of the market, especially with the attractive hardware they have.Nokia had world support and name recognition that was still outselling the iPhone in every market except for the US. They might not have maintained the massive market lead, outselling every other phone manufacture combined, but they certainly wouldn't be loosing sales like they are now.
quote: Just because a multi billion dollar company is throwing money at you doesn't mean that long term it was the right choice. Choice C was joining up with a company that has been consistently the worst selling phone OS on the market. RIM, as much as everyone has declared them dead, is still outselling Microsoft as a whole, not just Nokia. The only reason that MS has been able to maintain the Phone segment is because they use the resources from their other very successful divisions to support it.
quote: OS interface is more a thing of preference then anything else. I really do not like the interface of the Windows Phone OS. That's great that it works for some people and works well for them.Ecosystem is what a smartphone is all about, if you can't expand the functionality to suit your needs, that's a problem. What good is the OS if you don't have access to the tools, toys you want.This is nothing against the Phone OS, but pidgin-holing your entire company into a very small niche, is going to get you a very small niche of the market. I think it was a bad decision now, and I knew it was then.
quote: Hey, while we're on the topic, check out Nokia in 2009 compared to a decade ago. Their rivals have all bounced positions, former number 2 is now number 6, current number 2 was once number 5. Nokia held market share all decade as number one, at every time, every single year, they were at least 50% bigger than number 2 and every year as big as number 2 and 3 put together, often as big as numbers 2, 3 and 4 put together. Thats not bad performance in an industry that was so volatile, that it grew 5 times in size in only ten years.
quote: 1 Symbian (Nokia) . . . . . . . . 38% 2 Android (Google) . . . . . . . . 23% 3 Blackberry (RIM) . . . . . . . .16% 4 iOS (Apple) . . . . . . . . . . . 16% 5 Windows Mobile (Microsoft) . 4% 6 bada (Samsung) . . . . . . . . . 2% 7 LiMo (LiMo Foundation) . . . . 2% 8 Phone 7 (Microsoft) . . . . . . . 1% 9 Palm WebOS (HP) . . . . . . . .0%