Nokia, Nintendo, Netflix and E-Ink respond to the iPad
31 Jan 2010 - 1:56pm
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E-Ink respond to the iPad via Engadget by Paul Miller on 1/30/10
We're sure just about every company on the map has an opinion on
Apple's new device, but a few big wigs have taken time out of their
busy schedules to weigh in on the device. These are their stories.
- Nokia's Mark Squires, Head of Social Media, was mainly confused by
Apple's statement that it's the biggest mobile device manufacturer,
surpassing Nokia in combined revenue on media players, phones and
laptops. Mark argues that the accepted definition for "mobile devices"
excludes laptops, and goes on to mention the undisputed fact that
Nokia's still number one when it comes to number of devices sold.
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, meanwhile, says that mobile devices aren't
a priority for his company yet. They're fighting the good fight of the
large screen, and once they feel comfortable in their various efforts
there, then they'll move on to small screens. Netflix hasn't done or
submitted an iPhone application, but Hastings did mention that he was
optimistic that if Netflix did get into the game, the app would be
approved for the App Store, and that it would run on both the iPhone
- Satura Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo, took a much more
directly critical approach to the device, calling it a "bigger iPod
Touch," and that Apple delivered "no surprises." In the same interview
he expressed skepticism as to the value of bringing a high definition
Wii on the market, as well as expressing doubts about 3D glasses-based
gaming. Iwata is clearly a tough man to please.
- Perhaps most threatened by the iPad is Russ Wilcox, CEO of E-Ink. He
says dedicated e-readers will outsell iPads due to "simple economics,"
and that the iPad is "great entertainment device," but it's "not the
world's best reading device." His criticisms, mostly in juxtaposition
to Kindle-style devices, abound, including price, weight, backlight and
so on. He's right on the money about the shortfalls of a
straightforward comparison, but we wonder if consumers will feel the
same? Nothing too salacious, unfortunately, and most of the points
raised are pretty spot-on -- though we do wish Reed Hastings would
rethink his priorities just a smidgen and get Netflix onto mobile
devices sooner than later. We're needy like that.
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