On Jan 10, 2007, at 20:45 , Stephen Winnall wrote:
If I were Palm, I'd now have a plan to redo the Treo without a
keyboard (I could never understand why they added keyboards in the
first place when they started making phones): it should be possible
for them to have something up and running very quickly. They've got
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi already. And they've got an open architecture
which just needs a decent UI. The styling of the case wouldn't be
difficult. And they have Java and other stuff too. I think this is
the sort of place the threats to iPhone will be coming from. Apple
will want to make it as difficult for the competition as possible.
Yesterday, listening Jobs before being aware of the possible
limitations, I was thinking: Palm is just died (I was already saying
bye bye to my Treo 650). Probably only the slightly high price tag of
the iPhone would have kept a market slot for them. If iPhone is
really closed, people in Palm will go thanksgiving to all the
existing gods in the universe. But I'm a bit skeptical about Palm
capabilities of catching up. They are releasing new hardware, but the
software seems to be stuck.
Whatever be the truth, I only hope that Apple won't make us wait six
months before knowing how things are. Even though I suspect they
will, since this early presentation sounds to be made on purpose to
create a big expectation for customer that just look at the cool factor.
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