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  • The Verge joins Digitimes in reporting a Nokia (NOK) Windows RT tablet is in the works. The gadget site, which seems to have a source or two at Microsoft (MSFT), reports the tablet will have a 10.1" display (similar to Surface), mobile connectivity (AT&T will sell it), and interestingly, a battery-equipped keyboard cover that "envelops it like a book." Nokia is said to plan a small initial run, and to be thinking of making a Windows 8 Pro device later. [View news story]
    Hmmm... but Nokia hasnt delivered good stuff for years. Now with the 2nd wave of Lumias that might be different but the 820 and even the 620 is far from being a game changer. How good the 920 will sell and dis sell has to be seen. But it is a different league when u ship 3 mio devices or 10 times as much.
    I also see your Windows argument. On the other hand 100s of millions of users did not stop buying Android or iOS devices over the last years. Means they are already (to a certain degree) locked into one ecosystem but even more importantly they have seen that the argument is a weak one as Android and iOS do work pretty well with whatever OS. Of course there will be devs developing for Windows RT and maybe WP. But to reach a certain level of quality is different. WP alone affords that you put thinking in your UX before you can ship a great product.
    Lets see, everyone (me included) can speculate endlessly and I wish Nokia to survive and succeed. But their position in these markets is tough without question.
    Dec 26, 2012. 07:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Verge joins Digitimes in reporting a Nokia (NOK) Windows RT tablet is in the works. The gadget site, which seems to have a source or two at Microsoft (MSFT), reports the tablet will have a 10.1" display (similar to Surface), mobile connectivity (AT&T will sell it), and interestingly, a battery-equipped keyboard cover that "envelops it like a book." Nokia is said to plan a small initial run, and to be thinking of making a Windows 8 Pro device later. [View news story]
    to 1. yes, I agree... All I say is that it will be hard.

    to 2. Privileged in so far that they are seen as the preferred phone manufacturer for MS when it comes to phones. Nokia has early access to plans, dev builds and can influence (to some extend) the roadmap.
    As far as I know the switch to rebrand Nokia Maps services to here is part of a more independent approach. Meaning the money paid by Nokia will be less and less and here needs to find new cash cows next to map deals with navigation system providers (thats where most of their money comes from so far).
    Dec 26, 2012. 06:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Verge joins Digitimes in reporting a Nokia (NOK) Windows RT tablet is in the works. The gadget site, which seems to have a source or two at Microsoft (MSFT), reports the tablet will have a 10.1" display (similar to Surface), mobile connectivity (AT&T will sell it), and interestingly, a battery-equipped keyboard cover that "envelops it like a book." Nokia is said to plan a small initial run, and to be thinking of making a Windows 8 Pro device later. [View news story]
    In my opinion it will be very, very hard for Nokia to succeed here.

    1. They are late to the party, what means they can try to learn from competition but they need to invent a complete new product line what they havent done before. New components, new production processes, new sales efforts, whatsoever... all this is doable but in a market where others are in already and ship steadily millions of devices... at least not easy.
    2. Nokia jumps from a mobile phone to a PC. Not the first time they are doing it but when entering tablets they will not have the priviliged position for MS like they have with smartphones. What will make it harder for them. And in addition MS is in the same market. They might retreat if Surface fails but that will be no good sign for all other Win8 tablet offerings. In case Surface will be a great success and MS makes a hell lot of money they will not do it. Either way, tough position for Nokia.
    3. The market moves to smaller tablets. At least from what we hear over the last weeks the 10 inch tablets losing popularity. What could mean that Nokia simply will not offer what consumers look for. OR Nokia is able to ship sth very different at a very good price tag. But as with the 920 good stuff has its price and as NOK does not have money to subsidize tablet sales they simply cant do that.
    4. Here maps aka Nokia Maps is going broader... Already available on iPad/iPhone (admittedly relatively crappy) and they will not stop. All signs tell us they are willing to go after broadest possible reach. What means some maps application will not make that much of a difference. And for anyone who has seen the apps on WP8... they are by far not perfect nor great.
    To sum it up: Nokia needs to be able to offer something so distinct different in terms of haptic, features, whatsoever and I simply doubt that this is possible in the currently so cramped tablet market. Again, not saying they are not able to but same with phones, it is very, very hard to come up with sth what is seen as the next big thing. The Lumia 920 isn't (a good phone though) and the Nokia tablet most likely won't be either. Lets see.
    Dec 25, 2012. 05:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why NOK Will Beat AAPL In Tablets In 2013 [View instapost]
    Any new thoughts on this?
    Dec 25, 2012. 05:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is Missing Nokia's Enormous Potential [View article]
    Couple of things that should be mentioned as well:

    - Apple has tons of cash and will not give up their market share without fighting. Especially in the tablet sphere this might lead to big problems for Win 8 tablet makers. To what price can they offer a compelling product? And what about remaining margins? These might be very little as the Win 8 scene will be crowded. No economy of scale for most of them.
    - In theory MS and Nokia might form a powerful couple. But what about reality? Not so easy to get synergies from these two giants who consider themselves as world class and now need to cooperate to even stay in the race. Guess it is not so easy for many people at Nokia to just concentrate on hardware. And MS has so far not proven to be a perfect partner for just ONE HW partner. Lets see but I have my doubts that this fully pays off for Nokia.
    - Also due to screen sizes PCs, tablets, and phones need very different approaches on the UX side of things. Therefore I doubt that many apps will rolled over from the PC to tablets. That might come at some point. But where there is no market, there is no reason for investing into development... MS needs to secure that companies do have apps ready when Win 8 tablets hit the market.
    - On the other hand millions of people learned already that there is no real need to get all bits out of one hand... PC, iPhone/Android, WhatsApp, Dropbox... many examples that you do not need to stay completely in one ecosystem. And if MS really brings MS Office to iPad/Android then this would be a good move for MS but maybe not so much for Nokia and other tablet makers.
    - Also I am not sure if Nokia will have all the benefits from the partnership when it comes to tablets. They might have a hard time here when entering new territory.
    - And lastly: Dont underestimate how quickly the best talent leaves these days. From what the press told us MS suffered from that loss over the last years already, Google raised salary of all people by 10% in Jan 2011, and Apple is one of the top wanted employers for graduates these days... It is not soo easy for Nokia to overcome all these obstacles. Not to mention the many markets they are in and where they come under fire all at once.

    Therefore I can imagine that there will be a turnaround but it wont be a quick one... Rather long and painful. But there is hope, definitely.
    May 24, 2012. 08:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is Missing Nokia's Enormous Potential [View article]
    Hmmm... in the least developed countries where there is no electricity (i.e. Tanzania only 18% of households etc.) this is definitely a phone to consider for many. 3G is everywhere but DSL or Cable internet does not exist apart from some major cities. Same experience in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and so on. And 3G internet is super super cheap... Even prepaid for tourists you can get 100 MB traffic plus free calls for app. 2 Euros (in Thailand). Lets not make the mistake and just see this from a western perspective.
    May 24, 2012. 05:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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