Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

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I had this interesting conversation about smartphones, on Twitter, earlier in the day. There’s a certain analyst who is on a self-declared mission to oust Stephen Elop, and he has been ranting since Nokia announced its Windows Phone strategy.

Now, before I start, I have nothing personal against him, but I’d just like to point out a few things, which he, and many others who think that Windows Phone is failing, and badly at that. And that Nokia’s strategy to dump Symbian and go the Windows Phone way is destined to fail (oh wait, are these people astrologers? No. They’re people who are either fans of other OSs/companies and are hence blinded, or they just hate Windows Phone. Or they believe analysts, who themselves have no idea what they say (okay, I might be exaggerating on this one ;))). To such people, I have a few points to make –

  1. First of all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  2. iPhone didn’t sell as much as it does today. Sure, it revolutionized the smartphone industry and all, but it did take Apple some time to gain marketshare.
  3. Android didn’t sell as much as it does today. It took Google a good over two years to activate as many Androids as it does today.
  4. Saying Windows Phones aren’t selling as much as Androids and iPhones is ridiculous. Or to put it more bluntly, absolute bullshit.

So, what do I mean?

Why not give Windows Phone some time? It’s a solid OS, the UI is new, Microsoft is doing a great job with attracting the developer community, and it’s getting exciting. And unlike with iPhone and Android, Windows Phone has a tough, rocky path ahead. Apple took everyone by surprise, and they came out with a phone that shocked everybody. That happens once in a decade, not every now and then. Android was a lame copy (sorry Android fans) of iOS back then, albeit it was open source, so you could do what you wanted to do with the closed source iOS, easily.

They were competing with a ton of feature-phones, which didn’t offer much. Windows Phone, on the other hand, is in a situation where iOS and Android command the biggest share of the market, and they come with lots of features. How is the comparison with Android and iOS’s success and Windows Phone’s even rational?

It’s like comparing the earning capacity of an infant, and a teenager.

Symbian was a dead end for Nokia, and going full throttle on MeeGo would have meant the company wouldn’t get support from Microsoft, and it’s evident Nokia needs MS’ help. Going with Windows Phone also means Nokia can concentrate on hardware more than ever, and help Microsoft in areas where it’s good at. For example – imaging, mapping.

Stop hearing to what the analysts have to say, stop being brain-washed. Buy the phone you like, and be happy. It’s you who decides what succeeds and what fails, not the analysts.

And analysts, stop being blinded. Don’t leave your mind at home when at work. Whatever happened to being rational…