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