But what was a little surprising is that there were no handsets
for the press to play with. There were some demonstration units
carefully attended by PR personnel, and while we were able to get
kind of close to them, the general rule was “you can look but you
can’t touch.” This isn’t unprecedented, but it’s a little unusual
for such a high-priority smartphone launch. Touching the phones,
seeing how they feel in the hand, checking that their UI is nice
and fast, these are all important parts of a smartphone launch.
The problem Nokia has appears to be not so much its hardware; it’s
the software. Windows Phone 8 isn’t done yet. Not only is Windows
Phone 8 not done, it’s not even public yet.
This seems like a disaster in the making for Nokia.