Nokia CEO talks about iPhone and Windows Phone 7

On the day that Apple announced the next version of its iPhone, the head of one of its biggest rivals, Nokia, praised the launch of the original iPhone. Reuters reports that Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop, speaking at a technology fair, said, "You could argue that one of the most fundamental disruptions that the industry faced happened around 2007 ... when the iPhone was introduced. The iPhone did something disruptive. It introduced a new level of experience. They created a new bar... that all of a sudden everything else was measured against."

Elop, who spoke before Apple announced the iPhone 4S today, also believes that there is room for more than one or two mobile smartphone operating systems. Nokia is teaming up with Microsoft to launch smartphones based on Windows Phone 7. Elop told the crowd that Nokia will officially announce its first such Windows Phone 7-based products later this quarter. As far as competition with the iPhone or Android-based devices, Elop said today, "Our belief is that there is a clear opportunity for an alternative ecosystem."

Rumors and leaks about what might be included in the first Nokia Windows Phone 7-based devices have been hitting the Internet over the past few days. One rumor has Nokia releasing at least three products; the Nokia Searay, the Nokia Sabre and the Nokia Ace. The company is expected to make its big announcement concerning its first WP7-based products in London later in October where it will hold its Nokia World developer conference.

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I hope to see one of the big screen versions on Verizon in the US. If it is at least a 4" or bigger screen, I just might consider switching to it. Just can't go back to the small screens after using a 4.3"

I hope to see one of the big screen versions on Verizon in the US. If it is at least a 4" or bigger screen, I just might consider switching to it. Just can't go back to the small screens after using a 4.3"

I hope to see one of the big screen versions on Verizon in the US. If it is at least a 4" or bigger screen, I just might consider switching to it. Just can't go back to the small screens after using a 4.3"

All this guy does is ever talk and no action or anything to even stand for or by besides his talking and the fact he loves Microsoft.

Digitalx said,
All this guy does is ever talk and no action or anything to even stand for or by besides his talking and the fact he loves Microsoft.

Well, be prepared to see some action... lol They're readying products now for a big release...

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, be prepared to see some action... lol They're readying products now for a big release...

Release 1-3 devices... talk some more wait 15+ months while talking before more coming along then talk some more. Then maybe he'll talk a bit more about Windows Phone 7 if it hasn't failed them by then and even if it does he'll talk some more about Windows Phone 7.

Nokia will push the phones big time, they've gone with wp7 as their primary OS so they have to. This will help to make both the phones and os stand out a little and break into public perception. I also think the guys at phone shops will start to take it more seriously due to more people asking about the new Nokia they saw on the advert the other day (remember the adverts upto now have been os only). Christmas 2011 will see more wp7 awareness imo.

duddit2 said,
Nokia will push the phones big time, they've gone with wp7 as their primary OS so they have to. This will help to make both the phones and os stand out a little and break into public perception. I also think the guys at phone shops will start to take it more seriously due to more people asking about the new Nokia they saw on the advert the other day (remember the adverts upto now have been os only). Christmas 2011 will see more wp7 awareness imo.

Here's hoping.

I hope they can deliver on the camera and the battery life, because after using Mango for the last week, it is CLEAR to me that Microsoft HAS delivered on the OS, BIGTIME. Everytime I show off this phone EVERYONE comes away with a positive attitude about it. ESPECIALLY the ones that are packing Iphones.

jimmyfal said,
I hope they can deliver on the camera and the battery life, because after using Mango for the last week, it is CLEAR to me that Microsoft HAS delivered on the OS, BIGTIME. Everytime I show off this phone EVERYONE comes away with a positive attitude about it. ESPECIALLY the ones that are packing Iphones.

You're absolutely right. I've shown my phone to a lot of people, and even the iPhone devotees love it. In fact, the last iPhone user I showed it to ran and showed it to a friend (Who also had an iPhone) and said "Look at this, it's WAY faster than the iPhone"...

Microsoft really nailed it.

M_Lyons10 said,

You're absolutely right. I've shown my phone to a lot of people, and even the iPhone devotees love it. In fact, the last iPhone user I showed it to ran and showed it to a friend (Who also had an iPhone) and said "Look at this, it's WAY faster than the iPhone"...

Microsoft really nailed it.

Same, and my parent's and grandparents who aren't very good with technology liked it. I even taught my Mom how to pinch to zoom in Bing maps haha.

They need to stop talking and just get the damn thing(s) out they have had long enough now. It (or at least one) needs to be highly specced too so it compares favourably to phones like the GSII maybe play to Nokia's strengths and have an incredible camera on it. Then it needs to be marketed to hell and back and given shelf space in every store. I went in recently to all the local phone shops near me and the number of WP7 phones I found totalled 1, it has long hard struggle ahead.

mattacular said,
They need to stop talking and just get the damn thing(s) out they have had long enough now. It (or at least one) needs to be highly specced too so it compares favourably to phones like the GSII maybe play to Nokia's strengths and have an incredible camera on it. Then it needs to be marketed to hell and back and given shelf space in every store. I went in recently to all the local phone shops near me and the number of WP7 phones I found totalled 1, it has long hard struggle ahead.

obviously these phones are going to be their biggest release that will make or break Nokia. That being said it is a smart idea for them to wait for the Iphone 4/5 to be announced to that they can do a 1 up.. no point in releasing the phones before the iphone because that could be suicide.

Lachlan said,

obviously these phones are going to be their biggest release that will make or break Nokia. That being said it is a smart idea for them to wait for the Iphone 4/5 to be announced to that they can do a 1 up.. no point in releasing the phones before the iphone because that could be suicide.

Yeah, the timing is pretty good for them really. Especially considering how lackluster the 4S announcement was.

Stephen Elop reminds me of one of my tutors in college, looks like him too. Seems like a nice guy.