Yeah, the lack of a microSD slot is a deal killer, but it's your fault for buying a tablet without checking the specs.
Like this... io-lah.
Not in that sense. I meant that parts of the world seem unrealized, as there should be some levels in the swamp and the crater, but they're just small empty areas instead. And the game ends too suddenly, the final level isn't very climatic and the cutscene doesn't give closure to the plot.
It was a good game... well, a good HALF of a game. It really didn't feel complete.
MeeGo was an unknown with almost no apps and almost no community
But it had many carriers happy to support it. Unlike Windows Phone.
remember that Windows Embedded ran the first real smart phones
No, that'd be the Nokia 9000 Communicator, which ran GEOS.
there was a full stable of applications already available
That was true of Windows Mobile, which Microsoft abandoned in favor of the fully incompatible Windows Phone.
I just looked at the project's home page and it hasn't been updated since 2011
and Tizen's major selling point seems to be that it supports HTML5.
Its major selling point, to manufacturers and carriers, is that it's not under the control of a single company. I guess they learned that from the MeeGo disaster: do not rely on something that can be obtained from only one company, since they may hire an imbecile or a saboteur to run themselves into the fucking ground!
When Elop came on board, Symbian was still the #1 smartphone OS, with a 44% market share. There were challengers appearing, but with proper support, it would have remained a viable contender until they had MeeGo ready, and this one would fare much better than Windows Phone ever will.
You mean successor, not predecessor.
Which started as a marketing ploy to sell flags.
All I read from those tables is that Nokia still sells a fuckton of featurephones, and WP sales are still tiny. Playing "what if" is complicated, but I still think they had a much better shot at success with MeeGo.
Your rose-tinted scenario is very different from the grim portrait I have seen elsewhere. Here's how Wikipedia put it:
Nokia was the world's largest vendor of mobile phones from 1998 to 2012. However, over the past five years its market share declined as a result of the growing use of touchscreen smartphones from other vendors—principally the iPhone, by Apple, and devices running on Android, an operating system created by Google. The corporation's share price fell from a high of US$40 in late 2007 to under US$2 in mid-2012. In a bid to recover, Nokia announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft in February 2011, leading to the replacement of Symbian with Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system in all Nokia smartphones. Following the replacement of the Symbian system, Nokia's smartphone sales figures, which had previously increased, collapsed dramatically. From the beginning of 2011 until 2013, Nokia fell from its position as the world's largest smartphone vendor to assume the status of tenth largest.
WP sure did Nokia a lot of good, you say...
Things might have improved now that MS took over, but then again, they could be much better if they hadn't touched that shit in the first place.
Yes, the iPhone brought smartphones to the mainstream - a new style of smartphones, even. Can't deny that. Yet you overestimate its "hook" on users: if everyone's so crazy about it, how come Android has surpassed it? I think there was room in the market for MeeGo, which, unlike WP, carriers actually intended to support.
Until late 2010, Nokia's market share was around 70% -- uncontested leader, twice the size of Apple, four times bigger than Samsung, and consistently, immensely profitable. They had the largest ecosystem and the top-selling app store. Carriers and retailers loved Nokia. Customer fidelity was near absolute. Market analysts expected Nokia to remain the leader for years. Maybe Symbian was getting a bit long in the tooth, but MeeGo was on the way.
After the "burning platforms" and the move to Winblows Phoney, however... their market share collapsed overnight. Users, carriers, and retailers fully rejected it. While the press was drooling over the first MeeGo phone, they gave it a very limited launch and announced that no more would be made. Ratings companies now rank Nokia stock as junk.
You call this "a fairly good job"? Well, sure, taking in account that this was Elop's true goal all along: to sabotage Nokia, make its stock near worthless so that Microsoft could buy the whole damn thing. He achieved what he meant to, and killed Nokia while doing so.
Moving from "undisputed market leader" to "near bankrupt also-ran" is no good job.
Windows 8 is an unusable operating system in the same sense as Comic Sans is an unusable font.