As many fans of mobile phones will probably already know Apple and Samsung are not the closest of corporate friends right about now as both companies are locked in a massive litigation battle regarding patents. I won’t bother to get into the nitty-gritty of the various issues but anyone can merely go to Google or Bing and do a search to find out how each company is taking this very seriously.
Well, the day every Windows Phone 7 fan has been waiting for has finally arrived with the launch of Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 smartphones that debuted today at Nokia World 2011 in London. After a ridiculously bad year that has seen its share of the mobile phone market plummet Nokia is in serious need of a turn around and judging from today’s initial reviews it certainly seems as if the company at least has a shot to stop the bleeding and stabilize itself. People who have been following Nokia will probably remember current CEO Stephen Elop’s rather grim yet frank email leak earlier in the year where he outlined in fine detail just how he thought that Nokia was standing on a burning platform and in serious danger of becoming irrelevant.
I’ve chosen to reply to Shennie’s comment in a new post as I ended up writing far more than I thought. Here is what she wrote regarding my previous post on the iPhone 4S:
“I have to honestly say that I was a bit disappointed too. I was expecting an iPhone 5 with bigger screen, because all the other smart phones are trending towards bigger screens. I wonder why Apple has decided to stick to the current screen size instead of upgrading it… Is it because of cost issue? Or is it a design issue? I’m sure Apple fans are willing to pay a premium price for it. Oh well, I guess some people just have to wait for their iPhone 5, but some people will still get the iPhone 4S as a placeholder till the iPhone 5 is released.”
I must admit that though I always expected it to happen in the future that I was surprised when I saw it occur today. I am of course talking about Apple Inc’s big reveal of the next iteration of its best selling mobile phone, the iPhone 4S. By all accounts this should have been a grand slam homerun but the surprising negative response that seems to be pouring all over the web not only from tweets or Facebook diehards but also from some big outlets in the MSM (main stream media) have certainly been an eye opener. In fact this entire day has been an eye opener for many constituents and if anyone at Apple Inc is actually checking out my blog today’s consumer response should certainly be read as a wake-up call that following an insurgent model to the top is very different than being top dog.
Just a quick heads up for all Windows Phone 7 owners that the Mango update that makes your phone essentially Windows Phone 7.5 is finally being rolled out across the US /Canada and the rest of the world today. Unlike Apple though this is not a universal release to all phone owners as the individual carriers are the ones pushing it out. Reports show that it is going to be a staggered release so don’t fret if you do not receive an update notification today as it might arrive in the coming weeks. Of course you can just force install the update if you want but do so at your own risk.