iPhone killer, qu'est-ce que c'est?

Ah the Nokia N97. Whilst on a musical theme with our headline, to quote the Hives, hate to say I told you so….well told you a few days ago to be more accurate.

That is to say our last blog outlining the fact that whilst everyone is getting battered by the credit crunch, the IT and telecoms industry can be relied upon to launch paradigm shifters almost on a daily basis.

And now it’s the turn of Nokia with its N97. It may look like a mobile phone; it may offer all of the functionality of a mobile phone; and it may be used like a mobile phone. But no this is NOT a mobile phone; instead it’s the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other.

But  perhaps not how they work 

In all fairness, the device is jam packed with everything that fits into the new work style niche. That is to say it supports a whole host of mobile business applications plus a wealth of mobile entertainment and social networking functions that should ensure its appeal from teenagers to baby boomers alike. Well, if they can afford it.

But what actually does this all mean for harassed corporate equipment specifiers? Well a bit of a pain really. Just when all of the proposals for iPhones and Blackberry Storms have come in, those in charge of purchasing mobile devices for their workers should expect a further flurry of requests for this little fella.

And they should expect even more as time goes on. Just wait for LG and Samsung in particular to respond.

Mobile device manufacturers have realised that the way forward is not by being necessarily cheaper but by offering more.  And more by offering what they feel are de facto mobile computers.

But are mobile computers? One would have to argue that despite their wealth of functionality and the wishes of their makers, the N97, the iPhone and the Storm are still mobile handsets.

Netbooks, by contrast are certainly still mobile computers and, well look and feel like one. And for the near future at least will likely still be the device of choice for those who want to do ‘work’ work above checking emails whilst on the road. That is, mobile computing.

Will people spend hours on end working at a 2.5-inch screen? Not very likely, even if the device can transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other.

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