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Nokia says iPhone "lacking," MSNBC touts over Zune

updated 04:55 pm EST, Thu January 11, 2007

iPhone Reactions

The iPhone continues to create a ripple effect among cellphone producers and journalists, according to separate reports by MSNBC and Reuters. Speaking originally to a local business paper, Nokia multimedia unit leader Anssi Vanjoki largely dismissed the Apple-made device, labeling it "quite an interesting product" but quickly playing down suggestions that it might upset the Finnish cellphone maker's core business. He points to his company's existing strong points, alluding to the large screens, storage, and media playback functions of Nokia's higher-end cellphones.

"This is another piece of evidence that we have been on the right track from the beginning," Vanjoki said.

More reaction follows after the jump.

Conversely, MSNBC's Seth Jayson observes that the iPhone may have already dealt Microsoft a fatal blow, referring to the Redmond company's Zune as a "paperweight" whose social networking features have already been eclipsed by the features of the iPhone. Even though the iPhone is priced out of direct contention with its Microsoft rival, he says, its touchscreen and Wi-Fi abilities may effectively negate whatever advantages the Zune may have if transferred successfully to the iPod.

"Stop wasting money on this initiative. You're late to the game," Jayson tells Microsoft in his article, noting that the Zune developer's common tactic of releasing modest first-run products may ultimately fail in light of Apple's constant advances. "Apple has jumped another two years ahead with its latest offering. Admit you're beaten."

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  1. loudpedal

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Oct 1999



    Nokia: you're on drugs! "Lacking?" If Apple's iPhone is lacking, what do you call you're products? Granted, it's not the choice for international travel but no cell phone I've seen from anyone (Symbian included) can touch this thing for the beautiful execution of features. It's like a Mac for your shirt pocket.

  1. Commodus

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2002


    Look at Nokia's phones

    Have you seen some of Nokia's highest-end gear? You might not see all of it in North America, but they have phones with 5-megapixel cameras, HSDPA Internet access, even hard drives. Granted they're not especially thin, but they do have the features and at least sometimes have software for Google/Yahoo functions.

    I'd still rather have an iPhone for the UI, though. :)

  1. mlowe969

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2002


    I'll never join Cingular

    I think this phone kicks a**, but signing an exclusive deal with Cingular is the kiss of death for this device. It drives the cost of the phone sky high. $599 for the phone, $200 cancellation charge from current provider who isn't Cingular (for good reason), and then NO deal on a plan from Cingular, so we're probably looking at higher rates with crappy reception. Just look at the CEO of Cingular, that should tell you everything, reading from queue cards and he's the CEO? Cingular is a two bit organization and was entirely misrepresented on stage as the "Largest Cell Phone Provided." Why Verizon hasn't slapped them with a lawsuit for that blatant false advertising is beyond me. Cingular does not have the best network across America, Verizon does by 10x. If the iPhone rests on Cingular, I can say that I will never EVER own this phone.

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