By now you all know that Nokia is working on an iPhone-fighting touchscreen handset based on the S60 Touch OS. The UI on the S60 Touch OS still needs work, from initial impressions. The hardware, on the other hand, looks good.
But, the most memorable comment in this whole Nokia S60 Touch vs. iPhone debacle is Nokia CEO Kallasvuo’s statement, in response to analysts’ suggestions that Nokia needs to do more to fight the iPhone, that the iPhone is a “niche product.” I’m not even going to touch this one with a 10-foot pole – so here’s an interesting take from MacDailyNews:
Kallasvuo is either incapable of applying the lessons of iPod to iPhone and understanding what’s coming his way or, much more likely, he understands perfectly and, since he has no answer, is saying just what many now-defunct (if they aren’t making iPod accessories) MP3-makers said a few years ago. How many “niche” products have $100 million venture capital funds ready and waiting, exactly? Candybars and way-too-late, fake 1st generation iPhones with craptastic UI’s aren’t going to cut it from here on out, Nokia boy. This June, the bloodbath really begins, and Kallasvuo sounds like he knows it.
I think he takes that comment personally.