“Details of Nokia Corp.’s upcoming riposte to Apple Inc.’s iPhone are beginning to emerge, but analysts cautioned that while the touch-screen gadget is bound to look snazzy, its operating system could disappoint,” Aude Lagorce reports for MarketWatch.
MacDailyNews Take: It’ll look “snazzy” only because it’s a freaking direct knockoff of Apple’s iPhone exterior. Nokia should be ashamed, but this is what they do when they’re years behind; they dress up what they have in a fake iPhone case and try to dupe the ignorant.
Lagorce continues, “Nokia this week teased industry observers with a slide showing the phone, code-named the ‘tube,’ at the Evans Data Developer Conference in Redwood City, Calif. Yet a Nokia spokesman declined to give a precise date for the launch, only saying it would happen in the second half of the year.”
“‘The iPhone had a seismic impact on the industry,’ said Ben Wood, an analyst at U.K. telecoms consultancy CSS Insight,” Lagorce reports. “‘From the day it was released, every other phone out there became disappointing,” he said. “Unless Nokia’s product is amazingly good, they’d better not come out with anything.'”
“When Nokia’s first touch-screen phone eventually comes out, looks will be important, but software is what could make the difference between success and failure,” Lagorce reports. “Richard Windsor, of Nomura International, said that when he tested the latest version of the S60 operating system, understood to be the software the Nokia touch phone will run on, he was ‘deeply unimpressed.'”
“‘While the device looks great, we think that the software that runs it could easily end up being a massive disappointment,’ he said,” Lagorce reports.
“Carolina Milanesi, research director in the mobile device practice of Gartner, also had doubts. She believes the S60 operating system will only allow users to use one finger at a time when giving commands on the touch screen. In comparison, the iPhone’s interface is “multi touch,” meaning it can respond to the use of several digits simultaneously,” Lagorce reports. “Other analysts also predicted a difficult start for Nokia’s first direct response to the iPhone.”
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