Linked by on Thu 12th Oct 2006 20:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Palm has launched a new sibling in its Treo smartphone line today, the Treo 680, using the PalmOS. "For people who are ready to move up to a full-featured mobile phone that includes everything needed to stay organized, Palm today announced the Palm Treo 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone. Customers will find the Treo 680 smartphone easy to use, slim and compact, yet packed full of features beyond its stellar phone capability, such as email, web browsing, messaging, multimedia, calendar, contacts and more." No Wifi though. At the same time, Palm OS died.
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Palm is dead to me
by Don Grayson on Fri 13th Oct 2006 13:10 UTC
Don Grayson
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2006-01-01

Palm has shown a singular lack of vision over the past 5 years and has only been able to hang on by nipping at the edges of other companies innovations.

First, most of the core features of a PDA have been absorbed by the cellular phone companies. While Palm has gathered a bit of the market with it's Treo line, there's nothing really distinguishing about the product to set it apart from every other cellphone.

The actual PDAs they make are underpowered and underfeatured compared to their competition and Palm's product cycle is too slow to catch up. Why buy a 400Mhz Palm with a dead-end OS when I can buy an 625Mhz Axim Pocket PC?

Then there is the LifeDrive. What could have distinguished itself as the first PMP came off as underpowered and poorly engineered. Certainly it wouldn't have cost too much extra to include real RAM instead of swapping to the hard drive. Oh, yeah, that 4G hard drive was really impressive when iPods released around the same time had 20G capacities.

Besides these blunders there are several markets where Palm could have made a huge splash. For instance, why didn't they try to get in on the One Laptop Per Child initiative? How about a tablet/origami sized wireless unit? Something like that would be excellent as a Hospital patient database thin-client. A sub-$100 ebook reader (which is why Sony's ebook reader will sink, who wants to pay $300 just to start reading ebooks that aren't free?). The list of possibilities is endless but Palm can only see phones and PDAs.

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