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Nokia: Kids Are Tired of iPhone, Confused by Android

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Following Nokia (NOK) CEO Stephen Elop's "doom and gloom" memo which was leaked in February, Nokia continues to sit atop the proverbial burning platform. Market share continues to plummet -- falling to less than half in a year. The staff was hit with one series of layoffs after another. Moody's downgraded its rating of the company's debt. And its partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) resembles a Hail Mary pass rather than a shrewd, calculated maneuver.

So as Nokia continues to fall behind Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) -- along with Research in Motion (RIMM) -- what better time for a Nokia exec to criticize the appeal of iPhone and Android devices?

Managing to out-delude RIM's co-CEOs Balsillie and Lazaridis, Nokia's Niels Munksgaard -- director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global -- told Pocket Lint that the youth market has tired of iPhones and is utterly confused by Android.

"What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone," he said. "Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasing see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows phone platform."

Yes, Niels. Kids are sick of the phone with a 96% customer approval rating, and the mobile OS that climbed to a majority share of the market -- with no signs of slowing -- has stymied smartphone users across the globe. It's the platform with a single-digit share -- and sinking! -- that's the wave of the future!

To say nothing about Windows Phone's positive aspects, the OS is a far cry from iPhone and Android devices in terms of sales, apps, developers, support, etc. To call it for what it is -- a plucky alternative with little hope of being an industry leader -- would be fine. But to claim that the leaders of the pack are already slipping is to be woefully detached from the industry.

Nokia made a mistake partnering with Microsoft. Given its wild, delusional claims, it'd be much more at home with RIM.

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