When I first read up an article on the unconfirmed reports made by Eldar Mutarzin that Nokia and Microsoft are in talks about having Nokia produce WP7 devices, I simply waived it aside. Personally, I resist the temptation to publish vapourware.
I personally doubt that Nokia would go that route. Yes; discussions may be on to integrate services from Microsoft into Nokia’s products or have certain Ovi services powered by Microsoft. That will add more value to Nokia’s line-up than adding another platform to develop on to what they have in hand. For example, we see Nokia’s partnership with Yahoo resulting in Ovi email and chat being powered by the latter. That makes sense.
Minus the eye-candy, WP7 has nothing else to offer Nokia. Existing WP7 devices are also not exactly selling like hot cakes either. A WP7 device from Nokia does not make sense. Nokia already has Symbian for smartphones and MeeGo for tablets. What would WP7 be adopted for?
But we will have to wait to see how things go; won’t we.
For now, though, I thought it would be interesting to do a “What If” article on the subject. So, here’s the simple question:
What if Nokia produces a WP7 smartphone; would you buy one?
If you would, what would be the motivating factor for your purchase? If you wouldn’t; tell us why too.