By Vamien McKalin | Mar 22, 2013 09:44 AM EDT
Nokia boss Stephen Elop is in no mood for games: he's a man on a mission, and apparently part of that mission is to pick up an iPhone and throw it to the ground while calling the device "embarrassing."
During an interview on a Finnish TV program, Elop was shown discussing the Lumia 620, the company's low-end Windows Phone 8 device. Seconds later the presenter took an iPhone out of his jacket, claiming the iPhone was his, along with stating that he didn't want to have an iPhone, but a Nokia. This is where things took a weird turn: Stephen Elop took the presenter's phone and simply threw it to the ground. You could hear the poor phone slamming to the floor, probably sustaining multiple damages from such a brutal experience on live TV.
Just before this incident, Elop dodged questions about the Lumia 928, which is rumored to be exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States. However, he didn't once say the phone is not real and in the works, so that's something right there.
For a CEO, what Stephen Elop did was a bit childish and uncalled for. Considering that his stunt a very cheap way of putting down a rival, he needs to do better in the eyes of the public. However, in the tight situation Nokia finds itself, Elop probably doesn't even care much, as long as Nokia is getting airtime.
Recently, Thorsten Heins, CEO of RIM, stated how outdated the iPhone is and that his company's BlackBerry Z10 is a far more compelling device.
Apple's iPhone 5 is currently threatened with being kicked to the curb by new devices such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
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