With a price-tag of $650 US, could this be the end of the beloved tablet? Well at least perhaps for me www.nokiausa.com is now accepting pre-orders for the N900, Nokia’s first Maemo based phone, and Nokia’s fourth generation Maemo device. I have been an avid user of the Nokia 770, 800, 810 since 2005. I have eagerly awaited each new device. I paid $350 for the 770, $400 for the 800 and $450 for one of my 810′s.
While I would love to play with a N900 and see what its like, I cannot foresee me spending $650 x 2 for me and my wife to replace our current phones and our 810′s. On top of the seemingly high (at least to me) price, the spec’s seem to be away from what I want out of my tablet. This makes it all the more reason that for the first time I actually think I may be heading off, away from Nokia hardware to look for an alternative. For $650 I could buy a laptop, or a phone and a netbook, or a pandora console and a phone, or an unlocked I-phone and save a $100-200 and spend that money on supported apps. Well the I-phone would never be something I would buy it is the direct competition to the N900. I just don’t see this thing running off the shelves. They need to get this into peoples hands and at $650 a pop I am just not sure that is gonna happen. At least not for me
I just wonder how many existing users are willing to just jump on this boat, and how many new users will actually be attracted to this new phone. They had better have a huge marketing budget for that thing, I have NEVER seen a TV commercial on my actual television for a Maemo based device. They had better get some advertising dollars to work, because so far I am not really seeing people will be waiting outside at 2AM waiting to buy a n900 like they were for the I-Phone which seems like the crowd the N900 is aimed at.
Nokia also recently announced a netbook for around $820 dollars while other netbooks are running much much less. In case Nokia didn’t get the message, everyone is a little low on EXTRA money lately, or again, maybe its just me……???
Perhaps its not just me?, numbers just published show U.S. consumer credit down record amount in July 2009. This is the sixth straight monthly drop in consumer credit. In July it dropped 10.4% annual rate or $21.5 billion. On top of this initial reports of only T-mobile supported 3g phones in the US, which makes up roughly 12% of the US market, and Nokia comes in with less than 9% of the US market when it comes to smartphones. Don’t get me wrong if Nokia could get 30% of the T-mobile US handsets, like I-phone did with ATT, then that 12% or 33million subscribers on the T-mobile network could turn into 10million handsets sold. However currently It appears Nokia is flailing in the US with its market share dropping from 30% in 2004 to less than 9% today.
This all leaves me wondering if the N900 will leap Nokia forward or just end up losing existing consumers of their predecessors to the internet tablet line. I guess only time will tell, what the future holds for Nokia and Maemo based devices here in the US. I want them to succeed so I can see what the next version of the tablet/phone looks like, I am just not sure how I feel about this one yet, I guess time will tell about that too.