Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's head of design, slipped a bombshell in an interview with a Finnish newspaper. He allegedly said that currently about a third of his work hours are spent designing a Nokia tablet that is to stand out among the numerous iPad-wannabes. That part seems to have been subsequently pulled from the posting, as now he only talks about user experience in what's available online from the interview.
Nokia is prepping a 10" Windows 8 slate with Snapdragon S4, which we heard rumored the other day, but it will be interesting to see what Marko Ahtisaari's take on the tablet paradigm will be.Not that it comes as a huge surprise that
After all, the guy is always loaded with grand ideas and sky-high user experience requirements, and became a big proponent for Windows Phone's simplicity and ease of use, which probably was one of the opinions that tipped the scales in Microsoft's direction at Nokia last year. Here are some of his former musings on the subject of user experience:
Big ideas which we are starting to see implemented in Nokia Windows Phones and some Symbian Belle handsets with Nokia Pulse, Public Transport and other apps, and, apparently, they will be eventually carried on to tablets with Windows 8 further down the road.