I'm seeing a few people here slagging Nokia's pre-Microsoft products based on... um... beats me... maybe what "tech journalists" might have said???? Maybe Gartner, Forrester, etc. etc.... Who knows? Where exactly is this coming from? If the answer is "well everyone obviously knows it" then that's not good enough. If the answer is truly "because my Microsoft evangelist told me" then say hello to my old friends for me... I miss our long discussions over beers way back when... (see my Linkedin friends)
Facts are facts, and when you see with your own eyes the profit chart based on data released under Elop's watch it is abundantly clear that Nokia was doing great beforehand and was subsequently wrecked. Heads must roll.
Meego was not ready when the decision was made to partner with Microsoft.
Wow, the award-winning N9 Meego phones were just a dream? The Nokia phones that allowed Nokia devotees to do everything they were used to doing but with such a great interface that it was voted better than Android and iPhone? Elop has refused to let the N9 be sold commonly, but sure enough they took the N9's outward appearance and made the latest Lumias look like that.
I also want to deal with the misguided notion that Windows Phone is/was somehow more "ready" than any of the in-house Nokia OSes I've mentioned. There are so many things that the in-House OSes can do that Windows Phone cannot that it is laughable. Further, the field failure rate of the non-Nokia-built Lumia phones is higher than anything Nokia has ever produced on it's own. It is an embarrassment.
Want to know why lifelong Nokia devotees won't touch a Lumia phone with a ten foot pole? Because it ruins everything they used to do. Sales of Lumia amongst those people are almost nil, which you can see for yourself.
Move on folks, the show's over, nothing left to see here, no contest between Nokia's own OSes and Microsoft Windows Phone, which is driving Nokia to it's destruction.
Second, the market and profit margins for dumbphones are shrinking rapidly. That's a dying business.
Nokia has made and could continue to make huge profits in that market segment. Here in North America there is a certain hubris
that seems to make analysts blind to the obvious because it is not happening in their own back yard. Nokia had a hammer lock on dumbphones (an increasing
international market for which Nokia's expenses to fill the market have been very low for high profit) and Elop killed it. Dead. No Windows Phone can ever operate in the dumbphone marketplace, so now Elop has totally given away Nokia's tried and true profit centre. Did you know that in many developing countries that have little or no land line system per se a mobile phone is actually called a Nokia in common parlance? Elop kissed all that goodbye. These are markets involving the majority of the people on this planet and he killed it. People in those markets have neither the money nor the interest in smartphones - they want their trusty, reliable Nokia, and each time they buy one Nokia chalked up a profit for relatively little cost. That
's how you make a profit in almost any situation. Under Elop it is clear that Nokia cannot make a profit under any circumstances.
That may be true, but as far as I'm concerned Nokia was heading for disaster before Elop and Microsoft entered the picture.
Against sober analysis of the evidence, it would seem.