6 posts • joined Monday 7th December 2009 18:05 GMT
You are of course absolutely correct in your assertion. People (males) love their mechanical complication watches. Still you are implying that this atomic watch is not complicated to make, which I guess it is, at least in a miniaturized form.
iPhone for the masses - long term suicide for the Apple brand
This means short term harvesting of the iPhone brand should they launch a phone for the masses. I gather they will lose their premium status, and it goes against Apple's luxury strategy. It'll be interesting to follow.
"During what I call the "years of madness" - sweeping from Nokia's peak in 2007* to the Elopocalypse - good reviews were rare. "
What does rare mean? What is a good review? The Nokia N900 received with very, very favorable reviews. Complaints were about it not being launched by Nokia in the UK, US etc. There were even a gray imports for the N900. It's swipe interface received a lot of positive attention, as did it's one piece, machined shell.
Nokia 2008 annual earnings €74bn???
Nokia, the most profitable company ever!! €74bn earnings on a €50.7bn turnover in 2008. Now, that's impressive! It would yield a 146% Return on Sales... No wonder Apple wanted to get in on this market. In fact the US government would prefer to start selling mobile phones than printing money.
Where did you find these numbers?? In fact Nokia's turnover was down by 1% and profit down by 38% compared to 2007.
N900 and video calling; voice dialing
I agree about the voice dialing. Certainly with a pocketable computer. Leave it in the pocket and work through the headset.
I thought Nokia could just port the stuff from Symbian, but apparently it's not as easy as that, or they would have done it alreay. Hopefully it'll be there in a year's time or so (by the time more consumer oriented Maemo6 devices start shipping). It is noteworthy that some recent top of the line Windows Mobile phones from HTC doesn't have this feature working either, not even with Microsoft's own voice command software.
The N900 does better than video phone calling via the network, it does video chatting/and or video calling via the internet, either through a 3.5g line or over Wifi, although it doesn't work flawlessly yet. See this thread at maemo.org
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