"Do you think iPhone and iPad series are really appealing to larger percentage of mobile consumers in those areas?"
Yes. In this era of global village, the grapevine is so rapid that every news about whats best in the market spreads lightening fast. However, when we compare the reputation of Nokia in the developed economies (which I assume has been strucken quite bad) with that in developing and underdeveloped economies, it still aint that bad. So before left positive reputation of Nokia catches fire too, Nokia should come back hard and only way to do it is right marketing and cheap products. That shouldnt be as easy as I recommend; I know.
@WaqasAltaf, thanks. Do you think iPhone and iPad series are really appealing to larger percentage of mobile consumers in those areas? Considering lot on extreme low incomes. Nonetheless, if Nokia had taken the advantage fighting it out with few Android based phone makers, who have little or no credibility in phone business then by now it would have probably be in market front foot.
I think Nokia truly messed up the transition from its excellent mobile phones to the smartphone market. I am not sure why that happened or how it was allowed to happen. With such a huge market share on the mobile phone market in the past, where did it all go wrong for Nokia in the smartphone market? Why did they lose faith in their existing Symbian OS and decided to switch to Windows? Was Symbian's capabilities so much inferior to Windows to prompt such a sudden change in direction?
I have ben a loyal Nokia customer until recently when I bought an N8 with confidence because it carried the trustworthy Nokia brand on it. However, the disappointments I had with this smartphone made me go cold turkey on Nokia's smartphones altogether. I am sure I am not the only customer who feels this way. I have been reading many posts by other smartphone victims who have moved away from Nokia.
Therefore, besides the technical reasons why Nokia's smartphones are not doing well, one big reason for Nokia's failure is the loss of customer confidence. Nokia should have never rolled out substandard smartphones to the market to make a quick buck. That was a huge mistake; a mistake that Nokia is and will be paying for for months to come. The first smartphone from Nokia should have been something eye catching, reliable and usable. That would have really helped Nokia to make its mark besides other smartphone giants.
The question Nokia should be asking itself now is not which operating system or which touchscreen but how to restore the customer confidence that has been lost. I am not sure how Nokia will achieve this but judging by the way things are going if tomorrow Nokia announces that it will close its smartphone shop and open a tablet/PC shop with Windows OS on it, I would not be surprised !
I like the Lumia phone in terms of it's looks and hardware specifications. However, compared to Android, the downside to it would be that there will not be a large number of apps available for Windows Phone right now. If Nokia and Microsoft really need to make a name for themselves in the smartphone market, they have to engage more developers into making apps on Windows platform so that they can compete with Andrioid and iOS.
Good point raised. There is still a considerable % of mobile users in many countries that have not yet shifted to smartphones and for Nokia, those should be the potential consumers that may try out Windows based smartphones. However, to capture this potential customer segment, cheap handsets and good marketing are the key which can override the widespread word of already smartphone users of IOS and Android. We should not yet write off Nokia's Windows adoption decision and may be there is a lot to come.
@Nemos: Nokia's success with Windows is still a speculation and no concrete results are out yet which can indicate how profitable the move was for Nokia. I still think Nokia made a very premature decision by signing up for a Windows-based tablet without properly assessing the success with Windows-based smartphones.
That would probably dependent on how consumers see attractiveness in the phone. In US and Europe Apple has the total control, where in Asia and Africa market portion has been slashed into pieces to scramble for --- there competitive seem far dictative by low income earners unlike in US and Europe.
"Nokia stands on the brink of failing with its smartphone strategy, again." Despitethelackinshipment,IbelieveNokiaisinthegoodpathrightnow.IhavechangedmymindsinceIheardexcellentreviewsaboutthenewwindows7fortablets(somethingsimilarwillseeonthemobilesalso).
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