Does the computer industry need to watch out for Nokia?

Nokia_logoMichael Mace is among those who thinks it’s a possbility and provides several key suggestions for the company. Nokia is unique in many ways from traditional handset manufacturers, handsets being their core competency, of course. They have a wide array of phones from entry level all the way up to full multimedia handsets like the N95 that can cost over $700. Bucking trends here in the U.S., they’re just fine with selling handsets direct instead of concocting carrier relationships for wanted subsidies and unwanted plan commitments. Striking out in new markets is not a problem either: take the Nokia N770 or 800 Internet Tablets. I think it’s fair to call them a company that tries to stay ahead of the curve.

The next bend they see in the curve is one that’s near and dear to us: mobile computing. Might they take what they’ve learned with their Internet Tablets & handsets and push the mobile computing limits beyond the current market? That theme is being heard more often as of late but the road is filled with obstacles, which is why Michael says we’ll read a business case study in 10 years on Nokia. Read his thoughts and see if you agree.

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