This is really sad, since I was actually beginning to think my dismissal of the new Nokia lineup was a bit hasty. The new screen technology seems to be really nice, and there is no denying the N8 and E7 are slick looking phones (if horribly named), even if the software is showing its age. I also enjoyed the tasteful shows of attitude the Nokia execs have been showing at Nokia World, saying they refused to apologize for not being Apple. It was as if Nokia was signaling they were comfortable as the elder statesman of the mobile world, and were ready to focus on the things they were good at, despite calls to do otherwise.
Then things go bad. Admittedly, Nokia World in London was booked well in advance and the HTC event was just scheduled a few weeks ago, so Nokia may be feeling a bit shirty about it. However, dig the calendar Nokia, just about EVERY tech vendor is having an event or announcement over the next couple weeks. There are BOUND to be some conflicts. Take the high road, choose tolerance, be gracious, show WHY Nokia is viewed as such a mature, stable company, yadda yadda.
Instead, they decided to go pure bush league.
It was enough they stationed young paid shils outside the site of the HTC event holding red balloons reading “I know where I’m going with Nokia’s Ovi Maps”. That was like Microsoft’s recent “funeral”…playful, a little funny, and not likely to be taken seriously…I mean, who takes anything connected to Ovi seriously anyway?
However, knowing that much of the tech press corps covering Nokia World were likely to nip out, catch HTC’s show, have lunch from the sandwich case in Sainsbury’s while watching the beautiful people in Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square and then come back to Nokia World..they passed out the following HTC Press Conference Survival Kit:
Just sad Nokia, and it looks very very desperate. It is also somewhat ironic since most of the press have been commenting that whatever you think of the phones, Nokia World has been dull and long winded thus far with no surprises. Now we know it lacks class as well as surprises.