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March 22, 2012


Donna Aboyb

To top everything, Nokia N950 has 12 MP camera (after some disassembly made by one of the developers thAT got the device) but Elop's camp ultimately turned the aluminium construction into some cheap black plastic + changed the camera's label to 8MP (when it is actually 12mp) fishhyyyy.


Haha Tomi, you wrote this will be a short post. Not so, but I have a short comment about Nokia's performance:

Before Elop: Strategy good, execution bad
With Elop: Strategy bad, execution bad


"In the best scenario Nokia will have 11% of the overal market share"

Debatable. One of the previous posts by Tomi showed that Nokia represents 87% of the WP devices sold nowadays. So the best Nokia can hope for according to your 3 scenarios are 8.7% - 21.75% - 29%.

From this perspective, one can to a certain extent understand the optimism of the current Nokia management regarding the WP strategy -- but the optimistic view is not a realistic one...

J. Aho

What I don't understand, why haven't the shareholders made an emergency meeting and thrown out Elop.

Maybe you can see things so much clearer from the Pearl of Asia (gosh,I wish I was back there) and could enlighten us here in the dark Europe. :)

Aniko - loyal Nokia client so far


I was wonder if anybody will ask – good point and congrats for you :-) . FM receiver use headphones wires connected to 3.5 jack as antenna. I suppose transmitter would use it in similar way. Walki-talkie use one and the same antenna for receiving and transmitting. As transmissions without proper antenna can fry transmitter (hence damage more hardware also) then 3.5jack can be a kind of hardware key enabling transmitting when present (a loop closed), a power of signal should be considered also. In case of FM radio it is question of quality but about transmitting more things ought to be considered. Like with Mr E. - when he is receiving/listening then less damages are possible, when he is transmitting/talking then more damages are possible, the only difference is transmitter can fry internals only, but he can fry almost everything in direct and indirect range – I don't have in mind any particular person of course.

N9 has got 3 antennas 1) GPS antenna 2) Bluetooth and WLAN antenna 3) cellular network antenna located in following way:
|1 | up
|1 O |
| back |
| camera |
| 2|
| 2|
| |
|33333333| bottom

Who cares how we name developers? I only care I can buy needed software. And in many cases the same software houses sale their soft for other platform, they just port software generating income from other systems to another one, so MeeGo. And make business, don't care whether it will be called ecosystem or community. Waste of time.


You are wrong. Point is that desktop applications can be used as designed, eg. LibreOffice allow using it and work, however of course this can be discussed a long time – anyway with N9 this works, hence N9 already is a tablet or palmtop. Keyboard & mouse can be attached via Bluetooth as designed, using software aviable free in Nokia store.

About battery. Some mobiles do not allow battery replacement, Nokia N9 allows. Who ought to do it is a question of preferences. I replace batteries for my Ma, Pa and GrandMa in even much more simple mobiles.

There is no microSD port, but can be attached via USB, and USB can be used for mass storage purposes, N9 allow this. To my knoleadge Lumia 800 do not allow this at all, only Zune can do anything and in limited by Zune range only. For me as a user this is significant. Also when USB host mode software will be finished micrSD card reader via USB can be attached and microSD card could be used. So possible in near future.

There is no HDMI. TV-out feature does not cover HDMI spec. USB can also be used in similar way when TV allows such connection.

Can't mirror the UI over DLNA now. But when adequate software will be developed? Why not? Technically seems this could be possible. I don't know any software for this purpose now.

1000 titles = 70k apps?? No, never. There are apps that does what (at last) I want it to do. This is significant, and very important. And please note that only about a few months has passed from launch, and core markets with the biggest numbers of developers still are not receiving N9 (like USA, Germany, UK etc.), what do not make development easier and the ecosystem/community has suffered Elop's declaration of “dead and unmaitained system” - when this all is taken under consideration and fact that software aviable is of really of good quality then I dare to claim this is success. 1000 was at the end of 2011 in times of MeeGo PR1.1, not all English and none Chinese software were counted that time. And now this is certainly much more. I don't know actual numbers. Everyday I am finding a new software I haven't seen before, and number of paid is growing. This is just simply growing and alive.


You are publishing exactly my thoughts. I happily paid 650 EUR for my current N900 and I would actually pay 800 EUR for a new N950. If anyone of you guys appear to own an N950 and want to get rid of it, please contact me. a few friens of mine own a N950 but they won't sell it at any reasonable price.


Nokia hired Elop because he is supposed to be a SW guy and SW was considered the big problem of Nokia at the time. But now Nokia is primarily an HW company so no need to keep Elop.

The BoD should simply realize that Nokia doesn't need Elop anymore, but need a CEO with connections with mobile operators who understand the market

dr zorg


Perhaps you should get fired from your own job.

Then we'll gladly listen to you pontificating on how many workers Nokia needs.


"The sane CEO would fully support and expand and capitalize on Nokia's leadership in cloud based solutions."

Nokia's leadership in cloud based solutions!!! You must be kidding!!!

This is the official groundhog day blog. No doubt about it.

Arguing that Symbian has future, just because it had succesful past is amazing.

It is now plain clear why Nokia failed. Just as Tomi is, OPK's Nokia was as well stuck in the past, thinking about glory days.

Digging up Symbian to save Nokia makes as much sense as if Kodak decided to make a "fresh drive" with film based cameras.

Tomi, you are marketing guru, you have your ways with numbers, analysis and so forth, but you are very thin with technology-



I am glad that you finaly realized that your finnihs hero might be the criminal as chirman of the board.

I had pointed out 12 months ago, Steven Elop is a criminal whose mission is to destroy nokia under the guise of Trojan Horse of microsoft.

I had pointed out 6 months, Jorma Ollila is the most vicious criminal who had direct connection and followed the instruction to destroy nokia for the benefits of Wall Street Naked Short Sellers and FBI/CIA.

Now talking about how to save nokia.
1. Jorma Olliva, the most vicious viper, will be gone after May 3 shareholders meeting. I would suggest Finnish government to investigate him for betraying Finland to destroy nokia from inside.

2. Transfer all executive power to COO from CEO Steven Elop. Let Elop stay in his CEO office but has zero power to do any thing till his contract to expire.

3. Keep Lumia line as one of nokia product lines, charge patents fee from microsft

4. Set a press conference, declare the continuing support of Symbian and Megoo

5. Increase Symbian screen resolution to 800x480 for middle range product;

6. Port 41 mp camera to WP8 and Meego, enlarge meego screen size to 4.3 inch with higher resolution 1024x640

7. increase navtaq maps data fees while keep nokia maps free on all nokia phones

8. bring back nokia talents and execute above strategy flawlessly and restore nokia's ecosystem to #1.


sebastien zopin

> The N950 is comprehensively loved by all who have used the device as an exceptionally solid premium smartphone from Nokia.

Way to pull things out thin air. All who received N950 are bound by contract (the phones are not their property, borrowed) to not speak badly about the devices. Even if you do get some to break this, seems you haven't. Keyboard sucks, OS is not designed for landscape... Don't get me wrong I would love to get my hands on one of those, but above quote is bs

sebastien zopin

> I am saying the magical MeeGo devices, N9 and N950 have to be sold globally now, now when they are hot, and can command a good price, and bring Nokia back to profits

You are underesimating the fact that most N9 buyers are maemo/meego/opensource/linux enthusiast that rushed to the latest platform/device interesting for them. Poorer ones will wait for secondhand ones once that market gets filled with apple fanboy devices who bought it as a new toy and don't find most fart-apps their friends go crazy about. It would need a LOT of investment on Nokia part to make app ecosystem (your definition of that word is also shaky, Qt is not an ecosystem with so little devs/roi, it's a coding language, you can code in C/C++, which are biggest ecosystems in your understanding, on maemo/meego, doesn't matter really)

Aniko - loyal customer so far

Somebody ask about possible scenarios. Reading all this I've concluded that if MS would decide to separate then it would gain mobile phones production chain based on Compal (they will go with Microsoft as have nothing binding with Nokia) and Windows reworked by Nokia staff to form more or less acceptable by markets, also could overpay some needed Nokia employee who could develop it further but already in frames of Microsoft. When Microsoft can produce Xbox consoles then why not to produce mobiles on his own? And in sucha case Nokia would remain with destructed reputation, decomposed manufacturing chain, disappointed customers, decomposed staff and employees uncertain about company's future. However Microsoft would reach another new departament, or even division of mobile phones manufacturing and mobile software sales. When you play with shark you should be prepared that it can bite you or decapitate your head, just because this is his immanent nature, not any hard feelings. Just this is it's evolved DNA and instincts.

sebastien zopin

> Symbian today can power smartphones that cost less than 100 dollars (unsubsidised price). Windows Phone lowest price Lumia costs 250 dollars (unsubsidised price).

Can you back that up? Chase for superphones actually made most Symbian phones resource hogs (N97 and mini fiasco was because of this exactly - superphone chase without proper hardware backing, and these are far from africa cash standard), maybe after Belle it will change, but I cannot find single Symbian smartphone featurepacked and working below 100$. Asha line is designed for this market anyways, both price and features seem cut specially for that. Argument that cheapest Lumia is above average price for this market seems moot


May I suggest a scenario consistent with Mr. Elop's actions upto now?

Consider Microsoft's point of view (and the point of view of Mr. Elop's long-time employer and later pre-Nokia business partner):

Nokia venture as a test drive for Windows Phone and testing the market for Windows 8. In the case of failure, this as a bonus offers a perfect PR front for a nice little fallback plan, that will kind of create a high-margin, high-profit, microsoft-friendly (due to the licensing deal) but somewhat changed Nokia...

Also consider that Microsoft is already VERY PROFITABLE in the mobile sector, just not with products, but rather with reuse of it's own pre-existing IP: licensing to less-than-willing Android makers.

So a dying Nokia can still be dissected to extract a very profitable entity consisting just of a small number of lawyers and Nokia's patent pool: An IP troll is near impossible to attack, and given quality patents, is a sure fire method to print money.

Not necessarily money shared with Microsoft directly. But gaining a 'muppet' in the smart phone wars and harming Microsofts main competitors (also from other markets...) without any risk of PR fall-out is a huge !profit! for Microsoft.

Would be nice, if this explanation attempt could be discounted. Or if there are facts NOT fitting the hypothesis...

Would be nicer still if the corpse-to-be would beg to differ to both this sketch and Mr. Elop and somehow recover without either...


as to Mr. Elop being still CEO: the "burning platforms" message fits the burning-bridges idea of eliminating all alternatives to force unwilling people to follow leaders regardless of sanity and chances of survival. Having destroyed any alternatives and fallback options, regardless of the damage to Nokia, Mr. Elop ruthlessly increased his chances to remain CEO in troubled times (mostly though of his own making).


Java is effectively an ecosystem. Covering all mobiles everywhere. Why is Sun not the Apple???


It’s so interesting to learn that most of the commenters here - Peter, elm, many others - who insist on those crazy conspiracy theories - are also shareholders of Nokia. Who just saw their Nokia investment crash over the last year.

Damn. The length people will go to put the blame for their poor investment decisions on someone else, so they can believe it’s not their own fault. Just to be able to tell themselves - I was smart! I was right! If not for those corrupt insider f^#*$rs!

And now that I think of it, it’s quite common.

I’ve made some very poor stock investment decisions in my life too. And watched/participated in stock board discussions as my investment went down the drain. In one case -bought on margin - so my account went to a pretty good negative balance by the time my broker closed it. Luckily - never went down that road - blaming someone else for it.

The parties at fault were always the same for those who wanted to blame someone else. #1 and most classic - shortseller funds manipulating stock price. #2 some huge funds doing this for some nefarious purpose. #3 Corrupt management doing it for their own gain, pushing the stock price down to sell out to someone or make money some other way - insider trades, shorting, backroom deals, etc; - whatever goes

Reality check, guys. Investing in individual stocks is inherently a very risky thing. With huge potential upside, and huge potential loss.

You took a gamble and lost. And there’s no one else to blame but yourself.

In most cases where there is a huge loss - the main reason is a deep fault in the main company business model. Many people see it and scream about it. The smarter/savvier ones even short the stock. And we just choose to ignore it.

The management corruption or incompetence like in the case of Enron or Worldcomm or Kodak or Olympus comes after that. Usually when management tries to paint a good picture and hide the flaws in business model to keep the music going just for a little bit more. And/or don’t know how to turn the company around. They just put their heads in the sand and hope that maybe things will work out somehow. Until reality catches up..

Just like it was with Nokia when OPK was in the middle of his OVI online services/Symbian reinvention/Foundation folly in the face of iPhone and Android. With his price dumping to inflate market share numbers.

Don’t tell me Baron , Lee and many others weren’t telling you the very same thing 15 months ago.

Here’s few questions?

Why the heck you are even here, still? As Nokia shareholders? Venting your hurt feelings and dreaming up crazy conspiracy theories? Even when you claim your saw this corrupt thing/through Elop Trojan Horse through 13 months ago - as soon as MSFT deal was announced? Bleeding your own money and hoping for impossible things. Like small shareholder revolt, even if you also think the big U.S. funds call all the shots? Is the satisfaction you get by ranting here worth the money you lost in Nokia stock in the last year?

Or do you still think the world is fair, good guys always win? And you are among those right and good one’s who will be made true somehow? When some higher power (in the form of Finnish government, united small shareholders or someone else) will soon interfere, kick out the U.S funds, banish Elop and restore Nokia to former glory?

Alexandre Strube

You say a lot of good stuff. But you have no idea of what you are talking about on developing countries, seriously. Get your facts straight.


“We’re the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, but it’s a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application,” Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of the game’s maker, Rovio Entertainment Oy, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. Rovio has no plans to release “Angry Birds Space” on the Windows Phone platform, he said.

Looks like NOK could get delisted in 2012.


Here is a longer version. Basically, the No. 1 Windows Phone app developer says that we won't support the platform in the future as there is now way of making profits.

Note that he does _not_ say "we may consider supporting other platforms in the future", as would be expected. He says that they are not even considering. The only way to interpret this is that even the best selling WP app is nowhere near of being profitable. So much about the third ecosystem.

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