Nokia’s other phones are not doing well: Overall phone unit sales dropped an alarming 30 percent, year over year, to 55.8 million units in the quarter. And Nokia continues to struggle in North America, where sales of Lumia handsets actually fell 33 percent to 400,000 units. A new “hero” phone is coming to the US market “later this quarter,” according to Mr. Elop.
While their international sales look better this drop is bad news no matter how you spin it.
I honestly think a big factor in the recent drop is Windows Phone 8. It was bad enough that they ditched all the progress they made with Windows Mobile. They could have integrated some of the older API instead of trying to pretend that it never existed. Why not bring in Win32 mobile? Why throw away all that code that was created? Oh that's right, because Ballmer promoted a .NET/Win32 hating douchebag who thinks any API not created in the last 5 minutes is "legacy" and should be erased from history.
Then comes Windows Phone 8. All the early Windows Phone 7 developers are told another API is coming (groan) and then WP7 users are left with unanswered questions about 7.8, future compatibility, talk of support ending in a few years. Wow, way to FUCK UP what you cobbled together after your previous FUCK UP. Then there is the continued chasing of Apple while ignoring feature requests from business users. Why the hell does WP not sync locally with Office? Oh and don't tell me about how I just need to setup an outlook.com account and blah blah blah blah. Old Microsoft would have synced the damn phone when I plugged it in. There should not be a "logging in to website" process to copy contacts from my Outlook address book to my Windows Phone when I have it plugged in with a USB cable. I don't use outlook.com, I have a work email ON A FUCKING EXCHANGE SERVER THAT YOU FUCKING SOLD US. But NuMicrosoft wants to be Apple and thinks that creating commercials with Jessica Alba is more important than local Office syncing.
That's fine, I'm ditching Windows Phone anyways. I just don't see much of a point to it anymore now that Android has been significantly improved with the last few releases while the WP store falls further behind. That's part of being a non-Fanboy, you evaluate technology and choose what works best. When technology changes you re-evaluate and make changes that suit your needs and preferences. You don't stick a flag in the ground and defend some platform you no longer value to the bitter end.
I still like the Windows Phone interface but it's not enough to keep me around. They're just not offering me enough product value over the alternatives. The rest of the country seems to feel the same way.