Let me provide an example. If you need to move the most amount of network packets, using the smallest amount of rackspace possible, you choose Juniper's T series routers. It's not even a question about the other guy until they are so scared of of losing the sale, they slash the price on their inferior product.
Juniper makes the best networking equipment in the world because of two things: 1) our stellar hardware engineers who design chips designed with the purpose of inspecting and then moving that packet from point A to B; and 2) our crazy awesome software engineers who write JunOS to use every ounce of power in that hardware ASIC. And vice-versa. Juniper can do this because we control both aspects that shape our destiny: the software and the hardware.
As a former Juniper employee, Stephen should know better.
Instead Nokia has bound its fate with that of Windows Mobile, something over which Nokia has very little control. Instead of building up the platforms of Symbian and Meego to use Qt, they are now beholden to Steve Ballmer yelling "Developers, Developers, Developers" at the top of his lungs to generate buzz in the new ecosystem.