That is pretty much what they tried to do though, and the thing is they simply could not do it. I do not understand the reasons why exactly, but it's not like Nokia did not see this same fact and try.
Too many managers managing away at too many units each doing their own thing. As Apple have shown, the best way to get anywhere is to have one man who has veto power and a sense of where he wants to take the product. I think this is what Elop - love him or hate him - is bringing to the table. He's taking Nokia down the WP path, and while it might not be the Meego path we'd like at least they're no longer a company developing 2 operating systems with neither going anywhere.
and loving it!
I bought an iPhone: brilliant engineering, highly intuitive.
You mean like brilliantly putting the antenna on the outside of the phone so you could intuitively kill your signal by touching the phone?