Let the dinosaurs be wed..?
Speculation is high about Nokia adopting Windows Phone 7 soon. I can't help but chuckle a bit about that. On one side, we have Microsoft, which has tried to succeed (and failed) in the smartphone market for a long, long time. On the other side, we have the second dinosaur, which once was the leader, but doesn't seem to grasp what has happened in this very market.
They're still the leading vendor of dumbphones, and their smartphones are still quite good form a hardware perspective (at least some of them are), but where they once led the curve, they're now playing a game of "me, too" they won't be able to win either way. Adopting Windows Phone 7 would even do them more harm than good, I believe, because it would relegate them to a hardware company. Maybe it's time for that, but I guess android would quite certainly be a better horse to bet on, because that still leaves some room open for innovation, whereas Microsoft has quite a bit of control over what an OEM can do with Windows Phone 7 and what they can't do. There's a reason why the specs of all Windows Phone 7 phones are practically the same.
While I truly wish Nokia the best in their endeavours, I don't see a dinosaur (Microsoft) and a dinosaur (Nokia, which has been highly criticised for its overhead and time to market) creating the poster(love)child of the next generation of smartphones.