I read a Reuters news article this morning – and I swear, I will not dignify it with a link. In the article, the writer said this, and I quote:
Once the world’s dominant mobile phone provider, Nokia was late to embrace smartphones, and has also been losing market share in less expensive mobile phones.
Who is the idiot who wrote that? Don’t Reuters have any editors? Of course, when I checked the article’s credit, it turns out it was written by two air-heads based in New York. Apologies to Americans in general, but your mobile tech writers and bloggers are mostly too green to be writing about mobile tech history.
It is only on an American tech site that you will find Nokia’s S40 OS being refered to as “Symbian.” For crying out loud, these guys freaking have no idea what they are talking about half of the time. Blistering barnacles.
When a person makes an ignorant statement like “Nokia was late to embrace smartphones,” you get the idea that he was in diapers when the rest of the world were using Nokia”s excellent Communicators and such iconic smartphones as the E61, N95 and the like.
Nokia was a pioneer smartphone manufacturer. As far back as 2002, the 9210 Communicator was the top smartphone in the market. And many other manufacturers were not even on the smartphone radar then. At all.
I weep for what Nokia has become today, because this is a brand that has been a trend-setter from the word Go.
But I do get tired of ignorant people passing off mis-information. And from Reuters? Pile of dung. History is history. Facts are facts.
Nokia was not late to the smartphone game. They invented it, and they stayed on top of that game by a wide margin for about ten (10) years. That’s no joke. Give them their due credit.
Nokia’s key error was in failing to innovate fast enough after ten years of success in the smartphone race. Then, they hired a CEO to kill off everything that they had been known for. That has cost them everything.
But late to the game? That’s baby talk. The Reuters writers obviously first heard of smartphones in 2008 and got their first ones a year later. Duh.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.