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Is it the rebirth of Nokia?

Is it the rebirth of Nokia? 


The two products that were announced, definitely stands out from the hardware point of view, but is the normal die-hard audience ready for a non-symbian/Meego OS from Espoo?
Is Windows 7 that compelling, that consumers will forgo an iOS device with equally great ecosystem or for that matter the amazing choices of hardware that one gets from different manufacturer on Android?


I was disappointed with the device on two fronts. No front facing camera and  absolutely no guidance on US release. I was hoping that from the time Nokia made the decision to move from Symbian to Windows Phone 7 in February, they couldn't leverage the partnership to bake Skype to provide an awesome alternative to cell plans..at least in Europe. 
Front facing video calls with Skype and Windows Phone 7 OS could have had a good selling point. Also with the direction of XBOX integration in windows phone 7, 512 MB just doesn't cut it anymore. I understand, iPhone 4S has the same amount of RAM, but the iPhone iOS really utilizes the GPU to satisfy the hardcore gamer. 


What about the US announcement? Ah - That never happened. Its a little strange that Nokia and Microsoft didn't wage the war here in US? Why does Nokia do that with each new release of their flagship phone? Why wave the white flag even before getting ready for the war? It's a war. It's two companies hedging their bets to survive in mobile space. 


I am not sure why Nokia went short here. Are they going with the attitude that their target market is not high end any more? 


Nokia decided to go with Microsoft Windows Phone 7 because they didn't wanted to be "Me too" if they had gone with Android platform. Unfortunately with the two products announced today, Nokia has gone "Me too" with Windows Phone 7.

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