News Analysis: Nokia has finally showed off its Windows Phone 7-based devices, and they appear to be fine alternatives to competitors running Android and iOS.
Nokia on Oct. 26 showed off its first line of Windows Phone 7-based smartphones
called Lumia. The Lumia 800 is the more capable of the two devices and will be
available in several countries around the world starting next month.
Lumia 710 is a little less capable and will be available to users later this
year. Customers in the United States, however, will be forced to wait until
early next year to finally get their hands on these Nokia Windows Phone 7-based
that Nokia has shown what it has planned for its Windows Phone 7 handsets, it's
a good time to evaluate how they might impact Android- and iOS-based devices.
Currently, Android devices and Apple's iPhone line are dominating the handset
market. Nokia, once the world's most dominant handset maker, has watched its
market share plunge. But with Lumia's help, all that might change.
is back in the smartphone game in a big way
. And the company's current and
future Windows Phone 7-based devices might just threaten Android-based handsets
and Apple's iPhone.
on to find out why:
1. Nokia understands design
thing about Nokia is that it knows how to create nice-looking smartphones that
people actually want. The Lumia 800 is especially appealing. The device comes
in several colors with a prominent 3.7-inch touch screen to trump the iPhone's
3.5-inch option. It also features a 1.4GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera.
Does the Lumia 800 match the iPhone 4S on design? No. But it certainly bests
the vast majority of handsets out there. And that could have a positive impact
on its sales.
2. It's an international game
has already been criticized for only offering its Lumia handsets outside of the
But further inspection reveals that it's a good idea. Too often,
people in the U.S. think that their country will determine the success or
failure of a device. And every time, those people are wrong. Even if a device
sells poorly in the U.S., it might be a huge success internationally, and vice
versa. Long an international player, Nokia understands that and realizes that
with the right marketing, it could start winning back a significant portion of
the international handset market that it has lost in recent years to the Apple's
iPhone and Android handsets.
3. The company still ships boatloads of
that, it's important to consider that although Nokia's market share has
declined over the last few years, the company is still selling millions of
mobile devices every year. That installed base of customers who continue to
purchase Nokia handsets could play into the company's favor as it starts to
capitalize on its Windows Phone 7 partnership with Microsoft. The last thing
critics should do is marginalize the reach and influence Nokia has around the
4. Nokia can pump out new handsets with
Nokia has shown in the past, it has no trouble developing a line of handsets
and getting them onto store shelves within just a few months. That could be
integral to the company's ability to gain market share from Android handsets
and the iPhone. The fact is the Lumia 800 and 710 are
just the beginning of what will likely be a long line of Windows Phone 7-based
to leave its factories. A year from now, handset vendors might be
looking down their barrels at a dozen Windows Phone 7 smartphones designed for
many different customers.