I spent a lot of time with Nokia folks this year at CES.
In a market where a lot of companies felt like they were treading water (or starting to drown), Nokia reps seemed genuinely excited about the future.
They should. I think they’re finally on the right track to become relevant in the United States again. I have very fond memories of using Nokia hardware. My first cell phone was a Nokia. My first camera phone was a Nokia. My first mobile internet device was a Nokia. However, just as I was getting into business computing, Nokia kinda disappeared on me. They remained a powerful force around the rest of the world, but they abandoned us Americans.
Microsoft has been in a similar position of late. I was a fan of Windows Mobile. It wasn’t a pretty OS, but it’s functionality was unmatched. Even today, there are things my WinMo 6 handset can do that I struggle to find solutions for on Android and iOS. However, updating it came with a lot of baggage–and Microsoft ultimately made the right decision in completely re-tooling the OS and starting from scratch, inspired by their critical success with the Metro UI on the Zune.
So where does that leave us?