Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 14:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Palm. It's that big clunky part of your hand that doesn't get any of the attention - the fingers, the thumb especially, get all the glory. Just think, however, what your hands would be like if you didn't have palms, and your fingers just grew straight out of your wrist. Doesn't look so hot now, does it? Well, Palm is supposedly about to go under, if you were to believe the reports. Update: Palm has just announced that the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will become available on AT&T in the coming months.
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RE: What might have been
by Machster on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 19:14 UTC in reply to "What might have been"
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No one knows about Cobalt. There were rumours and speculations about why they didn't use it. They probably should have, at any cost, to stem the tide of defections. It is my belief that Palm has failed for three reasons:

1. Palm OS stagnated for years offering little improvements. No one saw any future, so people left.
2. Palm offered mediocre hardware. Wifi was frequently absent. Their PDA line languished and, finally, left to rot. Their user base got disgusted with the lack of updates, and realizing there was no future, started to move on. Ironically, that market was the one that put Palm on the map in the first place. Some users went on to "smartphones" while others went on to other devices like the Nokia N800, but most notably the iTouch. What would have happened if Palm offered a phoneless Pre? Would those 20+ million iTouch buyers have looked at that Pre?
3. Palm entered the much more competitive phone market. Now their competitors were no longer just the lone-standing PDA maker Microsoft/HP, but now the likes of RIMM, Apple, Nokia, Sony, HTC, Motorola, etc, where the users are more fickle and tend to chase either the best hardware or software. The magic of Palm OS was over.

Edited 2010-03-22 19:28 UTC

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