Michael Gartenberg in his Engadget column on Nokia’s declining fortunes and muddled strategies:
Last year’s N97 flagship was an exercise in how not to create a touchscreen phone, complete with an odd three row keyboard featuring a space bar mysteriously moved right of center. The N900 feels more like a science experiment to me than a product that’s designed for mainstream users.
He also mentions Ovi, the Nokia equivalent of the App Store:
That leaves Symbian-based S60, which was totally innovative in 2002 but now looks creaky and has fragmented into multiple versions, leaving a very confused developer market. Sure, Nokia supports Flash and Silverlight with Qt somehow tying all this diversity into some unified grand theory, but it’s enough complexity to make most developers look elsewhere — and that’s exactly what’s happened.
And his conclusion is right on the money;
Truth be told, Nokia now reminds me a lot of Apple back in 1996, losing relevance and market share in places that matter but with huge potential to leverage core assets and a terrific brand with millions of loyal fans. And as Apple did in its day, Nokia must now either try to decisively seize back its leadership position — or lose it entirely.