C-Net considered this the best cellphone the 2012 CES had to offer. It loved seeing Nokia returning to the U.S. market after a brief hiatus and teaming up with Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) on a Windows 7 with a swanky design, touchscreen display, strong camera and 4G support.
The smartphone-buying public almost immediately yawned in their faces.The very clear message sent by smartphone users last year was that if it wasn't an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy product, they didn't want it. Samsung's share of the overall U.S. mobile phone market swelled to nearly 27 last quarter, according to ComScore (SCOR). Apple came in second at 18.5%. Nokia? It registered in the low single digits somewhere below HTC's shrinking 5.9% share. Among smartphone users, Nokia's partner Microsoft is faring just as poorly. While Google's Android products hold a 53.7% share of the market and Apple's iPhones clock in at 35%, Microsoft's share is at 3% and falling. Even Research In Motion (RIMM), whose stodgy BlackBerry smartphones are in desperate need of an update, more than doubles Microsoft's smartphone market share at 7.3%.