Nokia to Sell Laptops


Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the company was considering entering the laptop market and this makes a great deal of sense when you realize the beating the company is taking from RIM and Apple. Nokia makes fantastic devices. The N800 is years old and still one of the most memorable consumer electronic devices that it seems almost no one knows about.

Getting into laptops is a smart move and the reason is not immediately obvious. In the US, Nokia is widely thought of by carriers as arrogant and inflexible, choosing not to tailor their devices to the needs of operators. As a result, Nokia does not do well in the US and this probably hurts them around the world.

In the laptop market this approach to business may be less costly as consumers and businesses purchase these devices without the need for carriers to intervene. But I am wondering if Nokia can escape its destiny. What I mean is by the time they get solid laptops and netbooks on the market, it will be expected that these devices will have built-in 3G and 4G connections meaning Nokia once again will likely have to deal with the carriers who may be selling more of these devices in their retail stores than we think.

  • Ryan
    February 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Very bold move. I’ve used some of their products for some time now and I’ve rarely had any problems. I have their lowest-end handset right now and it works just fine. Especially considering what I paid for it 🙂

  • Eric Dana Hansen
    February 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    In my recently published novel for pre-teens, the main character, Ian, (one of Santa’s helpers), tries to convince Santa of the benefits of using GPS. You know, just in case something were to happen to Rudolph. Santa is reluctant to change. Ian accompanies Santa on Christmas Eve and what happens next will go down in
    history. (hmmm, maybe if Santa is convinced that GPS is an asset, he might also want to equip his helpers with laptops as well and since you’re so close…..)
    All the best!
    Eric Dana Hansen
    Author of “IAN, CEO, North Pole”

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