Do you really think Nokia is going to enter the laptop business?
I am sorry the posts here have been light this week, but I had some major work to do at my normal day job (it pays the bills, right?) and some cool reviews to work on for my ZDNet blogs (you may want to check out my Kindle 2 thoughts), but should be back to my normal production here again with lots of software reviews coming soon. Anyways, I wanted to post some of my thoughts on the statement OPK made about Nokia considering a laptop device in the future.
Olli-Pekka Kallasuvuo mentioned in a recent interview that Nokia was “actively looking” at the laptop market as the cellphone and mobile PC markets get closer and closer to convergence. It is a bit funny to hear people then write and report that Nokia will be releasing a netbook in the future. OPK said they were actively looking at this market, which every major mobile company probably is and should be so I don’t think we can jump to the immediate conclusion that they WILL definitely do it. Actually, Nokia was the world’s largest computer maker in 2008 so it isn’t that much of a stretch to hear them considering larger form factor devices.
Netbooks were HOT in 2008 and are still doing very well as every major laptop manufacturer has an ultra-portable laptop now available. One aspect of these netbooks that make them more compelling and useful for people today (I have a MSI Wind myself) is that they are great “cloud computing” devices. As Nokia spends more and more time and energy on providing services to phone users, these services can easily be taken to a small computer form factor as well.
Nokia has the N800 and N810 Internet Tablets that run on a Linux OS and this could probably be taken up to a larger netbook device. However, I think it would only work if more of the Nokia Ovi services were working with this Linux disto. I enjoy using the Nokia Internet Tablets, but am not impressed with their slow performance.
Nokia has the Communicator line of devices that are like small netbooks, but these never really seemed to take off with those outside the enterprise market. They were also quite pricey and I am not sure Nokia can produce a netbook device down in the US$300 to $400 range, given that their Nseries and Eseries phones already start in this price range.
Do you really think Nokia will get into the netbook business? Personally, I want them to stay focused on making outstanding phones and providing better services.