Will the Nokia E71x appeal to the masses?
Michael Mace does a great job posting in-depth analysis articles on the mobile space and just posted one on the different mobile operating systems in the US. The data shows that RIM leads the installed user base by double the percentage over the iPhone and others. Their survey did not capture any Symbian share in the US since the numbers are still quite small and many users may not even know if they have a Symbian device. However, one thing I found interesting that I think can be directly related to the upcoming AT&T Nokia E71x was in his Top features of the average mobile phone user chart that shows the top four features being price of the phone, which carrier offers it, size/weight of the phone, and text messaging.
The Nokia E71x will be coming in at only $99, is offered by AT&T (largest GSM carrier in the US), has an amazing size and weight (not to mention build quality), and has a keyboard optimized for text messaging. The one weakness in text messaging is the lack of threaded SMS capability. The next several top features are also supported by the E71x and if users see this sleek black device in the stores I really do think it could do very well for AT&T.