To wit: the Nokia 7700, which was announced a year ago as the company's marquee product. It's a lovely idea, not so much a phone but a media device, packed with a head-spinning assortment of functions--a 65,546-color touch screen with
640x320-pixel resolution, a Web browser, audio and video playback, FM radio, built-in camera, voice recording, Bluetooth connectivity, personal-information-management software, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation viewers. It was built to provide three to four hours of talk time--not even enough to get through a business day. And that was just for the phone, without employing any of the cool features accounting for its $1,000 price tag. In June of this year, Nokia shelved indefinitely its plans to launch the 7700. Wonder why.