[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Date: Sat Mar 7 18:05:53 EET 2009
	You can substitute "Motorola cell phones" for "Nokia tablets" and
your arguments will remain valid. Hardware is easier than software.

On Fri, 6 Mar 2009, Mark wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:
> > John, you wrote:
> >>
> > [snip]
> >> I have to agree with Mark that, implicitly, Nokia misleads the public to
> >> the extent that it markets the IT's along side of its other mass market
> >> mobile phone devices if, in fact, the IT's are a work in progress (I
> >> agree, they are, unfortunately)  that will take 5 generations  and a few
> >> more years to get the product ready for the mass market.
> >
> > I don't think they're yet ready for the mainstream, but I don't think they're an albatross around the neck of anyone who buys them, as your Amazon figures show:
> >
> >> N800
> >>    4 stars out of 5 with a sample size of 172
> >>
> >> N810
> >>    4 stars out of 5 with a sample size of 93
> >
> > Anyway, let's remember the "not ready for mainstream" point...
> >
> >>    Over a period of three years, I can count on one finger the number
> >>    of individuals besides myself that I have actually seen
> >>    carrying/using an IT
> >
> > As you say, the mainstream aren't buying them yet. If they're not ready for the mainstream, that's a good thing, no?
> >
> Not really, because as long as they can keep selling them in
> relatively small numbers to fanboys they don't have to worry about
> supporting them or ever polishing them to the point that they are
> living up to their full potential. Do you really think the successors
> will be any better? They'll keep updating the hardware, and keep
> spending far too little time finishing the software. No generation
> will ever be better than the current ones in that respect.
> What good is fantastic hardware without software that can make full use of it?
> The N800 has been discontinued for a while already, and at this point
> there's zero chance that I'll ever be able to use the hardware to its
> full potential. Nokia has already moved on, and once the next
> generation comes out most of the kind and generous developers who are
> supplying us with apps for the current crop will move most of their
> attention to the new device. They've already said that there will be
> zero backwards compatibility with the OS and software because the
> hardware is going to be fundamentally different.
> Do you not understand that as long as they keep coming out with new
> devices and dropping the old ones there will NEVER be one that is
> ready for consumers? In order for a device to be ready for consumers
> they have to stand by it long enough to finish the software.
> Mark
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