After the many who have tried to wrestle away market share from Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 in the tablet market, Nokia has already made some allusions that it plans to foray as well, but wants to do it right.
The desire to make a tablet may have Nokia waiting a while longer to see what happens in the market as quality tablets are coming to market much slower than many thought.
The huge disappointing bomb that the Rerearch In Motion (RIM) Blackberry Playbook made when it debuted probably showed the rest of tablet manufacturers and potential tablet makers a very important and costly lesson and has taught that lesson to them perfectly, as far as Nokia is concerned.
The Finnish company’s CEO Stephen Elop has recently unveiled that he has plans for the company to develop a slate of its own, but also says that they would rather take their time in its maturation than rush a dud clone onto store displays.
Elop has been noted saying:
“There are over 200 different tablets on the market and only one of them is doing really well,” obviously indirectly mentioning the iPad, whose appearance first consummerized and idealized the device for the masses and is currently leading in market share.
Recent product releases from companies have done little to change the standing of the iPad.
Already with an expertise in creating quality hardware, the company already has its engineers working on something that is “uniquely Nokia” but apparently it is still unsure as to what direction it would go with the software.
Speculations abound that includes using their new partner Microsoft’s Windows Operating System (OS), should Nokia be willing to take a risk in managing a full-blown Windows on an ideally light slate.
It is unknown whether the recent partnership agreement between the two companies has any binding agreement related to future devices Nokia might develop requiring the use of Microsoft software.
Much more liked by analysts and observers is the theory that Nokia will choose MeeGo, an OS it jointly developed with Intel and have used on their high-end smartphones prior to the Microsoft partnership for use on a future tablet.
Aside from the lack of enormous baggage that Windows uses to strangle lightweight devices, Intel is supposedly looking for partners to enter into the wireless industry with.
As of today, Nokia has not released any further details on their strategy.
The first Nokia phones that will run on Windows Phone 7 are expected to be shipped late this year.