What ever happened to the glory of Rome? Surely something as great and epic as Nokia could never die right? But as Nokia share prices, and market share continue to fall, we all end up asking ourselves the hard questions.
An article published over at dailymail.co.uk talks of Nokia’s beginnings selling rubber boots and gas masks to the Finnish army, to Nokia’s success with the 1100, all the way to now, with the N8, and the burning platform concept we hear about so often.
It’s a rather good read, if you are interested in such things, but one thing that I find rather true is Nokia did seem to get complacent. I know when I had my N95, which I loved, trying to find a replacement was kind of like it now, very difficult. The reason it was so difficult was that so many smart phones Nokia released were kind of average, and they would only occasionally make a diamond in the ruff. N900 was a good upgrade for the N95, but on the Nokia front, I couldn’t really have gone anywhere else.
Now that we’re in 2011, the scene has definitely changed, and Nokia is being attacked on all sides, so it will be interesting to see what Elop does with Nokia, and although I question the radical strategy being employed, at least he is doing something.