"There are now over 200 different tablets on the marketplace, only one of them is doing really well. And, my challenge to the team is I don't wanna be the 201st tablet on the market that you can't tell from all of the others. We have to take a uniquely Nokia prospective and so the teams are working very hard on something that would be differentiating relative to everything else that's going on in the market."
Well, I have to agree that Nokia's approach is a smart one indeed, and if anyone is to seriously take on the Apple juggernaut they're going to have to come up with something that is a tad bit better than what we see now, like Android, an OS that is not only fragmented, but anything but free and one which some observers are saying is still rather half-baked, with very few real tablet specific apps. Since Apple is perceived as a high-end seller, Mr. Elop, however, considers that Android is a much bigger threat to Nokia, since it can potentially match Nokia's various prices for phones on the lower end.
Already, as pointed out by The Inquirer, Microsoft is doing its best to point out that Android is anything but free, as you can see in the video above, and it is doing everything in its power to thwart the Android's growth in the market place.
So, will Nokia ever deliver a tablet of its own?
In conclusion, that is something that only they can answer, but I'd be willing to bet you a zillion-and-one gum-drops that they will indeed eventually do just that, and when they do, it will be more than just another me-too device like we have seen thus far, and who knows, it might even be the real iPad killer !
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, April 28, 2011