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1 Lagging Smartphone Maker That Could Beat Apple

Sure, Samsung and then Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) topped the list of the best-selling smartphone makers in 2012, but that may not last forever. While the media likes to focus on how these companies will retain their top spots, investors should instead focus their energies on one laggard:  Nokia  (NYSE: NOK  ) . While the company seems "out," the Finnish maker could be well-positioned to profit well into the future.

Yes, its Lumia smartphone line continues to deliver lackluster returns, but Nokia has seen success in some areas of the smartphone market. Driving the company's smartphones sales are its low- to mid-priced smartphones like the Asha. Moreover, the company continues to build out its competitive advantage in the the low end of the overall phone market, launching a much-praised simple voice-and-text phone, the Nokia 105.

In the video below, Fool contributor Kevin Chen explains why these strengths bode well for Nokia in developing markets. To learn more about this overlooked company, watch on the video now.

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  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 1:53 PM, prginww wrote:

    "Beat"? At what? Selling phones without making profits? Great point.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 2:03 PM, prginww wrote:

    Funny long as Nokia is tied to that DOG of an OS called Windows Phone 8 it will bleed market share. Buy a truly innovative phone...a Z10 or a Q10

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 2:36 PM, prginww wrote:

    (Note: some of the following content I wrote on a comment on another article entitled "Nokia and Blackberry Don't Stand a Chance.")

    In general, I agree that Windows 8 is definitely a hindrance to Nokia's future success. However, even now, Nokia is focusing on the developing markets that matter. Apple has specifically said that they will NOT pursue development in India but instead is going for China. Nokia Microsoft phones actually outpace the iPhone in about 10 or 20 countries (!), and Nokia is heavily marketing itself in India - the country Apple is leaving in the wayside. Nokia has been beaten down, yes. The numbers don't look that great, yes. But, some discount a large factor that might be a catalyst for Nokia if Nokia can continue to build inroads in India and other developing markets.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 3:17 PM, prginww wrote:

    Have you guys even used Wp 8 OS? Fools may have not and just fool on from what they have been told. Use the platform and see for yourself.

    NOK and WIN is a powerful combination. You truly have a powerhouse of a phone with the two combined.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 3:24 PM, prginww wrote:

    The author has obviously never even seen a Nokia Lumia WP8 smartphone before. That's the only reason for such false and misleading comments about it being "lackluster." I switched from an iPhone 4 to a Windows Phone and am definitely not disappointed. How about trying a WP8 before trashing it??

    Also, Nokia is no stranger to being the king of the smartphone market. They've been there before and are on their way to getting back again.

  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 5:23 PM, prginww wrote:

    Hi EvanBuck,

    Thanks for the information. I'll check out your article!



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