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So the newest rumour floating around is that Nokia is in talks with Microsoft in order to adopt Windows Phone 7. Eldar Murtazin may be a well connected and mostly credible source. However, in this case, I think he is wrong and I don`t think that Nokia will introduce a Windows Phone 7 handset in the (near) future. In this regards, I am way more in line with Tomi Ahonen. But we can be wrong, so let`s have a look and see what said alliance could bring to the mobile landscape. (more…)

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Looking at the mobile industry in mid 2010 could be a very fascinating experience. The world is buzzing over the newest iPhone, Smartphones are everywhere, there is even now talk about “Super Phones”. But it isn`t. At least for some. For those interested not in the current state, but the future, I will share with you my vision of what I think will happen in the mobile landscape in the coming years.

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They say the darkest part of the night is right before the dawn of a new day. I think this is very true for Nokia today. Let me explain why I don`t think that Nokia is doomed.
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Almost exactly two years ago, I attended my first Mobile Monday in Munich. One of the first things that struck me at the event was the ubiquitousness of Nokia phones. Nearly everybody was sporting either a Nokia E61 or Nokia N95 8GB. Two years later, the conversion to the iPhone is almost 100 percent done. Why? (more…)

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Some time ago, I met with a very good old friend. He just got his new E66 the other day. My friend works as head of purchasing in the textile industry and therefore travels quite a lot, mostly to Asia (China). Even so, he is the typical normob. He only uses his phone for making calls and only sparcely for texting. No mobile Web-browsing, no mobile E-Mail, no Web 2.0. He once used the media player in his phone to listen to audiobooks, but not anymore (he now uses an iPod nano for this purpose). Guess what phone he had for quite some time and absolutely loved? Right, a Razr…. Normally, this would result in a “N`nough said” attitude of mine, but as I said, he is an old friend. (more…)

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As we are approaching the final quarter of 2009, it is time for a first look back. In my opinion, the mobile year 2009 was clearly dominated by the “iPhone vs. The Rest of the World discussion”. No matter where you looked, the iPhone was everyhwere. In contrast, Nokia was receiving some hard beating. However, I think that the whole discussion was and still is way too much narrowed down to the iPhone. I wrote the following comment to a blog entry over at mobileindustryreview. It quite well reflects my thoughts about the whole iPhone discussion, at least how it is happening in the fall of 2009. So here we go: (more…)

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The Nseries dilemma

To me, the Nseries was always some kind of Avantgarde. Some of the best phones I have ever owned were Nseries models. My N70 served almost a year as my primary phone, the longest time I have ever used a phone. Other Nseries phones I only used briefly for several reasons proved to be no less impressive and I consider the N90, the N80 and of course the N95 as true landmarks that were way ahead of their time and paved the road for other phones.

Although I used my N82 for almost 6 months, I was far less impressed. In my opinion, it is a very good phone, nearly perfect in certain aspects, but my general Interest in the Nseries is slowly fading. Why is this so? (more…)

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