A little verbal back-and-forth is normal among megacorproations, and since Nokia is on the defensive, they’re not above dishing some out. Speaking with Pocket Lint, Nokia’s director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales Niels Munksgaard claimed that Android phones don’t sit well with young people on account of its complexity. He went on to say that they don’t want the iPhone, because everyone already has one. I’ll give you ten points if you can find the error in that statement.
“What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones… Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security,” said Munksgaard. He reaffirmed Nokia’s commitment to “different” phones, by running Windows Phone 7. You know, that OS that’s been available for over a year and hasn’t cracked 10% market share yet. Nokia has already started shipping WP7 devices in Europe, and T-Mobile will be the first to sell them in the United States.
To be fair, you’d have a hard time arguing that Android is as easy as iOS or WP7 to use. But calling it difficult it a bit of a stretch; my 75-year-grandmother manages her DROID 3 like a champ, and she’s been known to get confused by her microwave. (Love you, Grandma.) And the market has spoken for itself: with Android pushing past 50% share in markets around the world, including the US and UK, Nokia has got a lot of work to do before they’re ready to play with the big boys again.
Disclaimer: I don’t know Mr. Munksgaard. I’m sure he’s a very nice man and his children, if he has any, are lovely. I probably shouldn’t have used his uninformed and inflammatory statement to laugh at Nokia’s fall from the top of the smartphone world to the very bottom.