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May 16, 2016



Perhaps an opportunity in a maturing market.
As the useful life of phones increases because the new products don't have significant new & useful feature compared to the old ones, I think there may be an increasing market for well-made phones that last.

In the same way that the decline of the PC market doesn't seem to have hurt Thinkpad sales (no I don't have a link, but everyone at work has a brand-new Thinkpad).

The old, "real Nokia" with its focus on product-as-tool would be able to grow its share of that kind of market. I don't know if franken-Nokia will be able to do the same.


Actually, Lenovo saw a pretty sharp decline in PC sales last quarter. It wasn't as big drop as some of the others though (HP performed worse).

Also don't forget that smartphones are lifestyle items, something which in the PC market applies only to the Mac.

Per "wertigon" Ekström

Speaking of Macs looks like Chromebooks have overtaken Macs in the US now. Is this a sign of times to come...?

Per "wertigon" Ekström

Forgot source:

Wayne Borean


I've been hearing rumours for the last two years that Chrome is seriously eating into Microsoft's share of the laptop market. It might be damaging Apple too, as a lot of schools appear to be going Chrome, and Apple was big in education.

The rumours insisted that Microsoft had lobbied the analyst houses to exclude Chrome devices from PC sales. I have no proof that this happened, all I have is rumour.

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just heard news.. am at airport, gotta board plane. Will post as soon as am back connected.

Tomi Ahonen :-)

Abdul Muis


Excellent news.
At I/O 2016, Google just announce that Chromebook will be able to run real android aps. Chromebook will become a full desktop like MacBook/Windows.

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Hi gang

The blog is just up. And I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for VERY smart analysis here in the discussion, you essentially wrote almost all I had to say. The comments section here has been a very valuable 'read' while I was out of network coverage past 2 days. THANK YOU (and enjoy my version of the same)

Tomi Ahonen :-)



With Chromebooks finally being able to run apps locally, wouldn't you think that it may boost their quality a bit? The reason Chromebooks are crappy is directly related to what they can do.

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