Welcome to Mexico, where the highs and lows in life are disproportionately higher/lower than what first-world countries are used to.
You might be wrong about how bad Nokia was pre-Elop:
I worked in the vending industry for a very long time, and have worked with all sorts of bill and coin acceptors.
If the stakes are low (parking meters, etc), then a cheapass validator from some random Spanish company (like this one) is probably fine.
If the stakes are high, get a Swiss-designed Sodeco BNA validator with impeccable security, reliability, and accuracy. Unfortunately, it'll cost a small fortune.
Read a little Tomi: http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/
NOK was not even close to dead/dying when Elop was brought in. His 'burning platform' memo killed it.
When did they start using lube?
A vast majority of the WP users I know are connected to MSFT (employees, friends, family, fanboys) and couldn't/wouldn't consider alternatives.
you don't even need the word 'business' there
When you've got a "creative type" in charge of managing a project, you get "creative project management".
Where I work, if a 6-month project ended up taking 3 years, people would be fired. Or overthrown. Or lynched by a mob.
For $228K, I'd move to Atlanta tomorrow even if the job was licking zits.
Submitter dismisses Tomi Ahonen as a 'commentator' (the quotes betray his disdain), but Tomi's an ex-Nokia guy with far more mobile experience and smarts than 99% of us. For what it's worth, Forbes recently picked him and his blog as a top influencer in the mobile industry.
Opinions are like assholes -- we all have one. But when your predictions are consistently correct for a very long time, this makes you one smart asshole -- and that's what Tomi is
Used it. Developed for it. No thanks. WP7 has several good things going for it -- just not enough good things.
Been there 25 years ago; moved on.
Like the typical left-brained slashdotter, I'm a technologist who values my "geek cred".
And throughout WP7's life (especially early, but still today) you need to defy logic and judgement and rational thinking just a little too much in order to buy a WinPhone. You needed to pretend that missing features weren't important. You needed to suffer lies and contempt regarding updates. You had to ignore all the productivity and fun and relevance that other smartphone owners were enjoying. You had to tolerate a weak ecosystem. You had to apologize for Microsoft's mis-steps.
That's just too much.
The thing I liked about my iPhone and love about my Android is how I can organize my apps the way that I want to. Everything app laid out sequentially? Sure. Similar apps clustered together on different screens? Sure. A deep hierarchy where everything is nested in folders on a single screen? No prob.
WP7 Metro is decent-looking, but just too restrictive. Let me put stuff in folders!
FWIW, I have the same beef with Windows 8.
Nokia lowered their forecast due to "increased competition". Isn't that just a backwards way of saying "our inability to compete"? Other companies are thriving (or at least surviving) despite all this competition.