Reuters recently reported that Nokia is going to unveil its first touchscreen phone, the Tube, on October 2nd. I happen to believe the report is accurate and it will be interesting to see what Nokia does with the Tube. Om Malik of GigaOM has been calling for a Nokia touch phone for a long time and thinks that Nokia is coming too late with the Tube. He has some valid points but I must respectfully disagree with his opinion.
Touch phones are hot right now thanks to the popularity of the iPhone. The touch interface of the iPhone has changed the game in the handset space and for the good. More importantly I believe it’s changed the game permanently and that handset makers agree with me. There have been a number of touch phones appear since the iPhone’s debut and I don’t think that will slow up any time soon. The new Google phone, the G1 from T-Mobile, is a touch phone and it will certainly be a game changer in the phone market and I think the Nokia Tube will too.
The fact is that Nokia is one of the largest handset sellers in the world, if not the biggest. The S60 platform which Nokia uses is on more phones than any other world-wide so the fact is that anything Nokia does matters. They are the 500-pound gorilla so if they want to Tube they can. Nokia’s sales numbers are so huge that they don’t have to be first to market, nor even the best. They’ll still sell more Tubes than Apple sells iPhones. I think Om may change his mind when he sees the reaction to the Nokia touch phone but we’ll see.
(photo courtesy of Symbian Freak)