Nokia was once the world's leading phone maker, but by 2011 the Symbian OS it used on all its phones had grown very long in the tooth. The company had also lost confidence in MeeGo, a new mobile platform it was developing with Intel. CEO Stephen Elop went so far as to describe the company's OS strategy as a "burning platform" that Nokia needed to jump off of in order to survive.
To put his company on firmer footing, Elop inked a major partnership with Microsoft and agreed to make Windows Phone the new operating system for Nokia's smartphones, a promise he fulfilled in October when the company unveiled its Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 phones,one of the best-looking Windows Phones we've seen. Look for the 710 to land on T-Mobile in the U.S. in January 2012. The Lumia 800 will follow shortly thereafter, presumably with 4G LTE technology.