So, the Apple iPhone has finally been announced (read all about it here if you’re still in the dark). So what does this mean for existing mobile phone makers? I just interviewed Nokia’s vice president of Nseries Computers Pekka Pohjakallio at CES, and here’s what he had to say, having spent the morning receiving text messages from Nokia’s spies watching Steve Jobs’ speech.
“I think it confirms our story,” he says. “We have been preaching the message of converged multimedia in one device, with lots of use cases and a good experience for the whole life of Nseries. And now Apple have come and said basically the same thing, even if they have implemented some things differently.
“It just confirms our message, and it’s good to have others preaching the same message. The best company will win in the end, so I think it’s good news for us. It’s not a threat, although of course it’s hard competition, but that usually makes you perform better yourself.”
However, Pohjakallio did point out one possible snag for Apple’s iPhone, even if it is well stocked for multimedia features.
“They had music, internet, an email deal with Yahoo and a deal with Google, but it is a 2G device, not 3G, which was a surprise to me,” he says. “And it’s coming first to the US market with Cingular, so let’s see. But overall, it’s very exciting for us.”
Of course, Pohjakallio didn’t just talk about the competition. Check the rest of the interview for his views on Nokia’s flagship multimedia handsets, and the challenges of making a phone that’s equally good at TV, music, gaming, Internet access and washing the dishes. Well, not that last one. Not yet.