Heins is impressive
He's a technical CEO who seems to get an awful lot and also appears to listen. If you contrast his achievement with Elop at Nokia you might think that either he was dealt a better set of cards - QNX and the BlackBerry enterprise history - or had more strategic vision. Nokia now looks like it's stuck with good hardware and a doomed OS.
His comment on tablets makes a lot of sense - much as I like my PlayBook.
It's also significant that he took Canadian citizenship this year which suggests he doesn't plan to return to Germany any time soon.
Of course one person is far from making a company, but looking over the heads of the current big players, I get the feeling that overall it is Samsung and BlackBerry who really know what they are trying to do. Microsoft seems to be internally confused, and Apple is radiating "The CEO is away and the head of manufacturing is caretaking" signs.
Next smartphone? Tough decision. The only thing I can be sure of is that I'm not paying £800 for an iPhone with adequate storage when the Samsung and BlackBerry competition are both expandable.