I personally like nokia, my only gripe is lack of Quadband GSM phones on their portfolio. Being a Cingular customer I would like to get the cool phones that come out in Europe (and not use the stupid versions they send here
). I also like SonyEricsson, motos I have never used.
I think that this is a good opportunity to incorporate iSync support for the majority of nokia phones. Currently it seems that only Series 60 phones can sync with a mac, Series 80, Series 90, and Series 40 phones are out of the loop (I know that there are workarounds for series 80 but I really mean official official sync support).
I think almost all SE phones support iSync on the mac.
Someone mentioned that Nokia is the largest maker of phones, this is true and a strategic alliance with them brings apple in a good spot. Who knows, maybe they get to have part of the Symbian pie and start creating Apple + Nokia phones ( sort of like how Sony and Ericsson got together)
I think that if apple plays their cards right, with Series 40 phones being iTunes capable, it should be easy enough to create Series 60, Series 80, Series 90 and UIQ iTunes applications, then if they want to they can also get moto and SE to include it in all their phones... if the market is saturated with iTunes capable phones from the three major manufacturers, what will they do?
(Yes I know there is samsung that still makes phones...)