Apple set the bar with the first usable application store on the iPhon, then Google had the Android Market, and BlackBerry followed with BlackBerry App World. Nokia now joins the party with the official announcement that the Ovi Store is open. It started rolling out this weekend in Asia and has now spread across the world. As I detailed in my Nokia Experts post the Ovi Store is available and accessible for US Nokia owners right now on at least the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device. Applications are available for free and priced starting at 99 cents. The most expensive one I have found so far is $19.99, but there is much more investigation to take place now that the Ovi Store is available.
As Andrew Nusca wrote about the Ovi Store, Nokia could set the bar with application stores and even beat out Apple with some of the features in their online store.
I understand that unlocked Nokia E71 owners also have the Ovi Store available, along with the 5800 XM. I am trying to figure out how to get the Ovi Store on the AT&T Nokia E71x because there is no Download! utility on this device.