[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Date: Sun Mar 8 01:12:38 EET 2009
On Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 02:41:04PM -0700, Mark wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM, John Holmblad
> <jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com> wrote:
> > Jean-Christian,
> >
> > you are, of course, correct in that Nokia has had tremendous success
> > with mass market mobile phones................ but not PDA's or IT's.
> >
> > Nokia might do well run the following experiment (in situ if you will)
> > to get a better (and sooner than 2 more generations from now) grasp of
> > what the mass market really expects/demands from an IT like product..
> >
> >    * Select a diversified (from janitor to exec level) sample of say
> >      100 NON-Technical employees of Nokia from around the world who do
> >      not already own/use an IT and provide them with a N810 + a mobile
> >      phone with data service but with all other apps besides voice on
> >      the mobile phone itself disabled. Disabling those apps obviously
> >      will force the user to "get to know" the N810.
> >
> >    * Provide no training, only the documentation in the product box.
> >
> >    * Let them use the combo for 90 days
> >
> >    * Run a focus group (or a few) at the end to record experiences,
> >      attitudes, perspectives on their use of the n810
> >
> > My own theory, so far unproven is that a truly successful IT product
> > should be able to take away market share from the smartphone market,
> > allowing the user to replace their smartphone with a less powerful
> > handset that supports voice + data (as a modem) + bluetooth + a very
> > strong battery and which for the most part, stays in the user's pocket.
> >
> If Nokia had ever finished the software for the tablets, they would
> *already* have taken market share from the smartphone market. It makes
> a lot more sense to tether to a "dumb" phone (that is usually much
> smaller and lighter and is easily and cheaply replaced by a newer one)
> for Internet connectivity and have a device that is more or less open
> and very software upgradeable than an expensive smartphone that will
> be quickly outdated and basically not upgradeable. Sure, you may be
> able to get lots of apps, but you're pretty much stuck with the form
> factor and shipped OS.

Apple is certainly doing well with their ipods -- even though they're 
not phones.

-- hendrik

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