Nokia CEO issues exceedingly honest internal memo

February 08, 2011

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable.

This incredibly candid read comes across more like a Nokia fanboy's open letter to the company than it does an internal memo from the CEO.

I'm far from anti-Nokia, and probably have owned three times as many Nokia phones in the last decade as most people have owned mobile phones period, but the fact is they're just not exciting anymore, and haven't been for years. When's the last time one of your friends asked you about Nokia? 2007? The real problem is that everything Stephen Elop says in this memo is obvious, and was obvious at least as recently as a couple of years ago.

Symbian has been dead for a long time, and in any event can't possibly compete in today's landscape--it's a relative joke. MeeGo might as well be a non-starter (which is sad because by most accounts it's really quite good); it has no ecosystem, and frankly, outside of mobile geeks, no one has even heard of it.

At this late juncture, Nokia has two options: adopt Windows Phone 7 or adopt Android. Android is the obvious choice here; sure, the competition will be much more fierce, but it has all the momentum.

My prediction: I'll never own another Nokia phone, and you likely won't either.

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