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Engadget has posted a scathing editorial/open letter piece entitled, "Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention" in which Palm is taken to task for a variety of issues surrounding their Treo and Foleo product lines.

Engadget’s Peter Rojas is the primary author of the lengthy piece, which begins with a retrospective look at Palm’s past innovations in the PDA world starting with 1996's Pilot. The article supports Palm’s efforts at changing the handheld computing landscape after numerous larger manufacturers failed to capitalize upon the tremendous potential of PDA-style devices. It goes on to offer a variety of suggestions for improvement targeted at Palm's hardware, their OS, their bundled software and "other stuff" which is essentially advice to jettison the Foleo immediately and reshuffle Palm's development and marketing efforts.

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Palminfocenter's just jealous

superdork @ 8/21/2007 3:47:29 PM # Q
I thought the article was excellent and if the guys here were honest with themselves they would be posting more articles like Engadget's.



RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
hkklife @ 8/21/2007 4:31:25 PM # Q
I'm brutally honest when it comes to pointing fingers at Palm, thank you very much.

But I really got the feeling that the Engadget piece was written by someone who was more or less a former Palm OS user who had been kinda/sorta casually following the scene in the past year or so. Besides, Ryan prefers for PIC contributors to present relatively unbiased opinions in the text of news items and leave the personal opinions of the author to the comments area.

Some of the most valid complaints not touched upon by Engadget (in MY opinion as an 11-year user of the platform) are the complete & utter abandomment of the PDA line when Palm had the market nearly to itself (and nearly perfected), the complete and utter abandonment of Graffiti 1, the horrific saga of the bundled 700p/w/wx ROM updaters, various other quality control issues over the years (T3 SD card frying, LifeDrive's memory architecture, Treo 650's NVFS woes etc ), no support for any recent non-XP OS from M$ until last month's Palm Desktop beta release, etc.

For Palm to maintain a relatively static, unimpressive hardware line with conservative, incremental technical upgrades is one thing (look how well that strategy served IBM's Thinkpad division for years or Nokia's handset division until just a few years ago). But for that same static lineup to be riddled with poor quality control, numerous bugs, device to device hardware inconsistencies, and no clear-cut policy in place for issuing bugfixes and EOLing hardware makes even loyal Palm OS fans feel like orphans. If a company is going to proceed at a glacial pace with their hardware releases, then they MUST be absolutely rock-solid, backed by superb support policies (tiny Matrox Graphics, for instance), and not bury their head in the sand when it comes to positing their devices within the marketplace.

I think Engadget's article, while good, could have been better had it been a bit less presumptuous and instead really taken a detatched, honest view at Palm's failure to not just deliver new product but support its EXISTING products and its (dwindling) loyal fanbase.

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

Daft. Simply daft.
freakout @ 8/21/2007 5:33:43 PM # Q
I thought the article was excellent and if the guys here were honest with themselves they would be posting more articles like Engadget's.

Maybe you don't read PIC all that often - Kris is one of the biggest Palm critics on the web and knows the company and its devices a whole lot better than sites like Engadget seem to. Ryan is mostly neutral, and I think the Treo is still the best smartphone available bar none. Between the three of us I reckon we cover the spectrum of Palm opinions quite nicely, thank you very much.

The article was excellent? Well... there are plenty of good criticisms to be leveled at Palm. But this editorial doesn't make many. Let's take out our fine-tooth combs...

Get thin - Three words: FIGURE IT OUT. If HTC, Apple, and Motorola can offer thin (and we mean friggin' thin) smartphones, you can too. We know you think the Treo is perfectly proportioned, but it's not. It's chubby. No excuses any more, ok? It doesn't have to be as thin as the iPhone, but you've gotta trim some of the fat.

Agreed. What do they suggest Palm take away in order to give us the thinness? The removable battery? (iPhone) The touchscreen? (Motorola Q) Sorry, I must have missed HTC's thin devices - all the ones I've seen in the wild are even bigger than the Treo.

Bigger, higher resolution displays - Make the screen bigger and up the resolution and you'll go a long way towards winning us back. There's no reason the 750 shouldn't have 320 x 320 (or higher) -- Windows Mobile 6 supports that, or didn't you hear?

Yes, and Windows Mobile 6 wasn't available when the 750 was launched.

But for new devices you might want to have the keyboard slide out, like with the HTC Hermes or the Samsung i730. It's a really smart move. The long and short of it is this: if you can find some way to marry the expanse of something like the iPhone's or G900's massive, high res screens and still retain the spirit of the Palm keyboard, people will be very interested.

Fair enough.

Make it look nice - We know Jeff Hawkins thinks Palm (well, technically Handspring) nailed it with the Treo form-factor, but it's been almost FOUR YEARS since you introduced the Treo 600, and apart from a few long-overdue improvements here and there (losing the antenna stub, making the casing a few millimeters thinner, tweaking the keyboard), it's essentially the same phone. The Treo used to win design awards, but now it looks really clunky compared to devices like the Dash, the Curve, and the iPhone.

Dunno about them, but I think the Treo 750 looks and feels mint. Bit too fat, but otherwise it's nice. Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Heck, put the Centro in something other than that icky white - black, maybe - and it'd look tops.

Add WiFi - Is it really almost 2008 and the Treo STILL doesn't have WiFi? No excuses any more, sort it out.

Amen, baby!

Think about adding some storage - There was a time when just having expandable storage via a memory card slot was enough, but that time's passed. People won't mind sideloading via USB if you make the Treo appear as a mass storage device, meaning you can add embedded flash memory (a few gigs would be nice). 8GB in a cellphone is now the new bar. Meet or exceed it, but don't ignore the fact.

I disagree completely. If you bundle an 8GB/4GB SDHC card in the box and put a slot somewhere hidden - like under the battery - then you still have all the benefits of expandable storage and to the common user it's exactly the same as having it built-in. Gigs of built-in memory would be nice, but it's hardly necessary.

Finally, put the kibosh on the Centro / Gandolf / Treo 800p - You're going down the wong path with these devices, and everyone knows it but you. We don't want to harp on this, but if what we've heard in the initial reports, and seen in blurry photos is what you're really going to offer, and believe it or not, you'll actually be able to expect a reception from your community roughly twice as lukewarm as it was for the Foleo. Palm, put your ear to the ground and listen. We hate to be jerks, but now appears to be the time for some tough love.

Yes, put the kaibosh on the first new smartphone form factor they've come up with in years! Puh-lease No thank you. I'm satisfied with it now that we know it's not going to be a "Treo" - this means that those like me who find the Treo to be the best smartphone compromise available will still be happy. The Centro is the small PalmOS smartphone that people have been clamoring for. It's just a shame it's such a fugly colour...

Completely overhaul the OS - We know you're working on a Linux-based mobile OS to succeed Palm OS Garnet -- which was already REALLY showing its age two years ago -- but we're sorta worried that you're going to just port the old UI to a new kernel. It's too late for that. Apple's winning converts because they totally rethought how we should interact with a mobile phone, and Palm needs to do the same thing.

Yes - we should interact with mobile phones by not having inconveniences like hang-up buttons or cut-and-paste. Get serious! Know what makes the iPhone so pretty? Transitions. One app fades to the next, making it all look seamless. Add that and smooth font support and they'll be on the same level. News flash: Apple's designs are not perfect. Very ****ing far from it, actually.

Offer great Mac support out of the box - A lot of people use Macs now -- it's not 1999 anymore.

Guess what, Mac users. You are the minority. You chose to buy a PC that is in the minority. Quit whingeing about the fact you don't get full support from companies. If Palm have to divert resources from making Windows compatibility bulletproof, or developing their new phone OS, then I'd rather they just told Mac users to take a flying leap.

Multimedia - The multimedia aspects of the Treo are really underappreciated, and that's probably because they're very poorly integrated right now. Pocket Tunes, TCPMP, and Kinoma are alright, but -- love it or hate it -- the iPod functionality and integration in the iPhone completely redefined multimedia convergence in cellphones. But remember: a lot of people (us included) aren't really into the whole iTunes ecosystem, and would love a viable alternative. Again, make loading multimedia on the Treo as simple as drag and drop, and make playing it back as simple and sexy as Apple.

Amen!

Stop wasting money on the Foleo - We all know this isn't going anywhere. And even if it does do alright -- and let's be real, it's never going to do better than alright -- it's really just a distraction from the main business you're already neglecting. Besides, how many Treo companions do you expect to sell if the Treo itself isn't up to snuff? The Foleo is not the way to make the core product better.

Foleo is not their core product. It a new business line. And how does he know it's never going to be better than alright? I bet people said the same thing about the Pilot. (I wouldn't know; I was only just out of primary school at the time...) Guess what: Foleo has a lot of very cool things going for it, the least of which is a brand-new Linux OS that can smoothly on very meagre hardware.

Stop keeping us in the dark - A lot of former Treo fanatics we've spoken with have abandoned Palm because they're just tired of the complete lack of information about stuff like where the platform is going and when much-needed software updates will be available. We don't expect you to reveal all your secrets (that's what Engadget is here for), but it would be nice to get some confirmation about when we'll finally see some the first Linux-powered Treos, not cagey answers and misleading statements. If you're worried about cannibalizing sales, don't be, because a lot of people who might stick around for a new-and-improved Treo are already jumping ship for iPhones, HTCs, and BlackBerrys.

Agreed.

Now I'm off to work. Anyone want to take bets on how long it takes before someone labels me a "Palm Apologist"?

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 6:55:54 PM # Q
Freak,

You're not a "Palm Apologist", you're just a hack.

>The article was excellent? Well... there are plenty of good criticisms to be leveled
>at Palm. But this editorial doesn't make many.

I think the article makes plenty of valid criticisms.

>What do they suggest Palm take away in order to give us the thinness? The removable
>battery? (iPhone) The touchscreen? (Motorola Q).

Why should they suggest anything - they're making note that Palm's competition is currently capable of making thinner more functional smartphones than Palm - the one time industry leader.

Palm squandered years of lead time and R&D budgets by continually pushing uninspiring and stagnant hardware releases. Years of bad decisions have caught up with them.

>Yes, and Windows Mobile 6 wasn't available when the 750 was launched.

Correct - I think the idea in the article is that with Windows Mobile 6 out, how much longer is it going to take for Palm to get revised treo out that supports Windows Mobile 6?

It can't take that long, can it?

>Dunno about them, but I think the Treo 750 looks and feels mint. Bit too fat, but
>otherwise it's nice. Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Heck, put the Centro in
>something other than that icky white - black, maybe - and it'd look tops.

You haven't seen an iphone yet, have you? The Treo 750 looks serviceable and hefty, but the iphone looks solid and sexy and thin.

>I disagree completely. If you bundle an 8GB/4GB SDHC card in the box and put a slot
>somewhere hidden - like under the battery - then you still have all the benefits of
>expandable storage and to the common user it's exactly the same as having it
>built-in. Gigs of built-in memory would be nice, but it's hardly necessary.

If it's built-in then s/w developers can take advantage of the extra storage. Build it in but still have an open sd slot for expandability - one up apple that way.

>Yes, put the kaibosh on the first new smartphone form factor they've come up with in
>years! Puh-lease No thank you. I'm satisfied with it now that we know it's not going
>to be a "Treo" - this means that those like me who find the Treo to be the best
>smartphone compromise available will still be happy. The Centro is the small PalmOS
>smartphone that people have been clamoring for. It's just a shame it's such a fugly
>colour...

You're happy with the Centro as long as you don't have to use it - that sounds about right.

I would think you'd be disappointed with the centro because it and the foleo are taking resources away from Palm making more substantial improving to their product line (I'll retract this comment if some of the work to reduce the size of the centro makes its way into future palm devices).

>Yes - we should interact with mobile phones by not having inconveniences like
>hang-up buttons or cut-and-paste. Get serious! Know what makes the iPhone so pretty?
>Transitions. One app fades to the next, making it all look seamless. Add that and
>smooth font support and they'll be on the same level. News flash: Apple's designs
>are not perfect. Very ****ing far from it, actually.

How would you know, you've not used one. This is why I think you're a hack - write about what you know and you'll be in safe territory. I'll give you a few clues - some things that make the iphone's OS better:

1. Stability
2. Multitasking performance
3. Better use of screen real estate
4. Better web browser

At no point do I mention transitions. Lack of cut and paste is a shortcoming - however I'd rather lack cut and paste than lack a stable OS. After using the iphone, I have more faith in Apple's ability to add "cut and paste" than I do with Palm releasing a state of the art Palm OS.

Being burned by Palm for a few years will do that to you.

>If Palm have to divert resources from making Windows compatibility bulletproof, or
>developing their new phone OS, then I'd rather they just told Mac users to take a
>flying leap.

Exactly - Palm doesn't have the resources.

>Foleo is not their core product. It a new business line. And how does he know it's
>never going to be better than alright? I bet people said the same thing about the
>Pilot. (I wouldn't know; I was only just out of primary school at the time...) Guess
>what: Foleo has a lot of very cool things going for it, the least of which is a
>brand-new Linux OS that can smoothly on very meager hardware.

Still, if Palm needed a test-bed for a new Linux-based OS - there are many more viable alternatives than the Foleo. Palm should be focused on improving their core business before jumping head first into "a new line of business" - this "Ralph Kramden" business model they're pursuing could kill them.

>Now I'm off to work. Anyone want to take bets on how long it takes before someone
>labels me a "Palm Apologist"?

Not I - however I do disagree with some of your points.

Palminfocenter's SO jealous. Green as the Grinch!
freakout @ 8/21/2007 8:01:45 PM # Q
By God, you really don't know how to read, do you. Or maybe it's just comprehension skills you lack...

I said: "Know what makes the iPhone so pretty?

jca said: "How would you know, you've not used one. This is why I think you're a hack - write about what you know and you'll be in safe territory. I'll give you a few clues - some things that make the iphone's OS better:"

I'm not comparing the features of the OSs, silly. I'm talking about what makes the iPhone UI so graphically appealing: nice fonts and smooth transitions/animations between apps. And guess what: there's videos and pictures of the iPhone in action all over the Internet! No need to have used one to see its graphics in action.

Gawd. I swore to myself I'd just scroll past your posts from now on. Why do I keep punishing myself like this?

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 8:18:50 PM # Q
freak - the original article you were quoting from talked about the OS - you went on a rant regarding transitions - perhaps if were more eloquent in your language these "misinterpretations" wouldn't happen.

Btw, you do realize that the transitions aren't magic - they're functionality built into the os.

My comments on the os are perfectly valid - just because you ignore them doesnt make them invalid.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
freakout @ 8/21/2007 9:04:20 PM # Q
freak - the original article you were quoting from talked about the OS

The section I quoted said:

Completely overhaul the OS - We know you're working on a Linux-based mobile OS to succeed Palm OS Garnet -- which was already REALLY showing its age two years ago -- but we're sorta worried that you're going to just port the old UI to a new kernel. Apple's winning converts because they totally rethought how we should interact with a mobile phone, and Palm needs to do the same thing.

Porting the Palm OS UI to a new kernel would be fantastic. Palm OS is very user-friendly, even with Garnet's evil crashing issues. Spruce it up a bit and, as we Aussies like to say, "She'll be sweet, mate."

The iPhone, apart from removing instant access via hard buttons and tactile feedback, has done absolutely nothing for changing how we interact with mobile phones, apart from a prettier GUI. Anyone who swallows Apple's "It's revolutionary!" line is a gullible fool. WinMob does multitasking, both Palm OS and WinMob have had touch interfaces for yonks, and it can feeze and apps can crash just like any other mobile computer. Maybe not as much, but it sill happens, as power users have already attested.

All Apple gave us was a landscape screen, which has been done before, and multi-touch, which is impressive, but hardly a must-have feature. Check out Opera Mini 4 - it's still in beta and thus quite unstable, but it does all the iPhone's smart-zooming and scrolling tricks and it can do them on even the simplest Java-equipped dumbphone.

The iPhone is all gloss. It's over-hyped, over-priced, and under-featured. Apart from wifi and a large screen, I hope Palm does not take any design cues from Apple, whose slogan should be: "Design minimalism at all costs! Functionality be damned!"

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 10:06:13 PM # Q
cry all you want freak - until you've actually used an iPhone your critique of it is worthless. If palm were smart they would be taking cues from the iPhone. Its selling like hotcakes and is a high margin product people want. Whereas the treo...say how many treos were sold last quarter?

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
JayC3 @ 8/21/2007 10:57:38 PM # Q
Tim, don't "freak out" if Engadget nailed the plight of most Palm users. Its okay, all of us want Palm to succeed and Engadget is one of the top sites that hopefully can make them do something about it.

But I have to commend you on a good job in generating hits for this site. It keeps PIC one of the most interesting, vibrant and amusing Palm site. Keep it up ^^

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
mtt @ 8/21/2007 11:20:47 PM # Q
Engadget, especially Peter Rojas, was a HUGE Treo fan.

I've been reading Engadget since they started, and once upon a time they fawned over the Treos like people do iPhones now, and they (at least Peter) used a Treo as his personal phone.

They (at Engadget) have got their finger on the consumer's pulse here, and they nailed it with this article.

Handspring Visor, Palm V, Treo 180, Treo 90, Treo 600, Treo 650, Treo 700p
MTT

The green-eyed monster
freakout @ 8/21/2007 11:52:39 PM # Q
Its selling like hotcakes and is a high margin product people want. Whereas the treo...say how many treos were sold last quarter?

jca - Who cares? McDonald's has sold about 7 trillon Big Macs as I type this post, but no one's gonna call it fine cuisine.

Tim, don't "freak out" if Engadget nailed the plight of most Palm users.

JayC3 - I'm happy for Engadget to criticise. It's an editorial after all. But some of their points are just strange, and most of them seem to be coming from the position "Treos should be more like the iPhone". Which rankles me. A Treo is currently a far more useful device than the iPhone. I don't want to see Palm turning their versatile smartphones into expensive toys - do you?

I actually don't believe it's "the plight of most Palm users". I believe it's the plight of the Internet gadget geek, whom, while an important driver of online opinion, is not the majority of Palm's customers. Their opinions should be taken as such. I'm sick to death of all the griping about Palm. If they were half as bad as people claim they are they would have gone belly-up years ago. They haven't. Who's wrong: Palm or the nattering naybobs of negativity on the Internet?

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
JayC3 @ 8/22/2007 1:54:14 AM # Q
"JayC3 - I'm happy for Engadget to criticise. It's an editorial after all. But some of their points are just strange, and most of them seem to be coming from the position "Treos should be more like the iPhone". Which rankles me. A Treo is currently a far more useful device than the iPhone. I don't want to see Palm turning their versatile smartphones into expensive toys - do you?"

==> Treos are already expensive. Try buying it without carrier subsidies or outside the US. You'll be surprised (but maybe not) at how much they cost. So I don't see any reason why Palm shouldn't copy some of the feauture of the iPhone.

I actually don't believe it's "the plight of most Palm users". I believe it's the plight of the Internet gadget geek, whom, while an important driver of online opinion, is not the majority of Palm's customers. Their opinions should be taken as such. I'm sick to death of all the griping about Palm. If they were half as bad as people claim they are they would have gone belly-up years ago. They haven't. Who's wrong: Palm or the nattering naybobs of negativity on the Internet?

==> Did you read all the comments from the engadget post (I'm only at page 2)? Most of them are from former or current Palm/Treo users(or that's what they say they are, we'll never know), which may also be the internet gadget geek that you mention.

==> Yes, they haven't gone belly-up yet, but how about Netscape? Did they belly-up yet? They were the top dog in the browser wars before and look at where they are now. I hate to see Palm suffer the same fate as Netscape (they're like a walking zombie). In this day and age, Palm needs to be a leader in innovation as they were 10 years ago. Now, they seem to be just a shadow of their former self. However, I do hope that they have an ace up their sleeve(I hope its not gandolf or the foleo) to surprise the competition in 2008.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
JayC3 @ 8/22/2007 2:05:02 AM # Q
Sorry about the duplicate posts ^^

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/22/2007 2:33:35 AM # Q
Freak,

As usual, you twist an analogy to reflect your version of reality:

>>Its selling like hotcakes and is a high margin product people want. Whereas the treo...say how many treos
>>were sold last quarter?

>Who cares? McDonald's has sold about 7 trillon Big Macs as I type this post, but no one's gonna call it fine
>cuisine.

You don't pay top dollar at McDonalds (just in case McDonalds *is* fine cuisine in Australia - it's not in the US).

Here's a better analogy:

Restaurant Apple:

You go into this five star restaurant that has gotten increasingly popular - lines are around the block!

The atmosphere is great, the waiter is extremely helpful, the wine is top quality and your filet mignon is spectacular. You have an excellent time and you believe it's well worth your money, but some friends say the place is too costly.

Restaurant Palm:

This restaurant used to be fantastic. It's under new management, but has changed hands and names several times in the past. They've had financial problems; currently the place is understaffed because there have been more layoffs recently.

In order to quell increasingly bad word of mouth, the prices have become more affordable - they're trying to attract a "bigger demographic"

As you sit down, you notice that your silverware is dirty and ask for it to be replaced. You attribute this to the fact that the staff is overworked. This is "Restaurant Palm" - they were a contender in their day - you give them a chance.

You order a caesar salad; the salad is dry (it's been sitting out all day). As you go to eat it, you find a dead cockroach in your salad. Again, this is "Restaurant Palm" - they were a contender in their day - you give them another chance and decide to stay and eat. Why let one bug spoil your meal?

You order the filet mignon - a signature dish Restaurant Palm was known for.

Your mouth waters as the dish arrives...as you look closely, you see that your filet mignon is in fact NOT filet mignon...it's actually greasy overcooked ground up liver shaped to look like a filet mignon(!!!)

You finally go and complain to the management - they explain that these issues are the result of their "cost cutting measures".

You figure at least the bill won't be that expensive - since the experience wasn't all that and they did recently lower their prices.

Unfortunately the bill isn't much lower than "Restaurant Apple"

"Restaurant Palm" has to show the new management and new investors they have that they're capable of making a profit.

Aside from a case of food poisoning you have the same experience as your friends. None of you have anything good to say about "Restaurant Palm" - having been burned by them repeatedly.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
freakout @ 8/22/2007 4:42:00 AM # Q
You don't pay top dollar at McDonalds (just in case McDonalds *is* fine cuisine in Australia - it's not in the US).

I used to work for Maccas in my high school days. The profit margins on their food are huge, and the drinks... gawd, they charge a dollar for something that costs them roughly ten cents. But that's not the point I was making: my point is that popularity is not an indication of quality.

Your Restaurant Apple analogy is laughably biased. It's more like an exclusive club filled with snooty wankers who love nothing better than to yammer on and on to each other about how much better their choice of restuarant makes them than other people. Needless to say, they don't complain about the fact that Restaurant Apple has an extraordinarily limited menu, costs twice as much as competitors and doesn't let you eat with a knife and fork, claiming that people never really needed them anyway and that their "revolutionary" new experience of eating steak with a spoon will change the face of the restaurant industry as we know it.

The moral of this story? Analogies are stupid.

JayC3:
==> Treos are already expensive. Try buying it without carrier subsidies or outside the US. You'll be surprised (but maybe not) at how much they cost. So I don't see any reason why Palm shouldn't copy some of the feauture of the iPhone.

Yes indeed, the international prices are ridiculous, which is why I bought my 680 from the U.S. But the iPhone is five hundred bucks. Minimum. With contract. To a carrier that can be described as average at best. And I'm betting the international prices will be even more ridiculous. An unlocked 680 is 400 bucks and can be used on any network you like all around the world.

A 3G 755p is $279 with contract - $230 less than the cheapest iPhone. Say what you will about Palm, they've made great strides in bringing down the prices of their U.S. Treos.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
SeldomVisitor @ 8/22/2007 6:20:01 AM # Q
> ...It's [the iPhone] selling like hotcakes...

Ya think it's selling well now, wait til you see the results when those three European carriers start selling it - like soon, too.

AAPL is gonna make tremendous bucks from this one - bet on it.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/22/2007 6:32:46 AM # Q
I know...as do many ppl. on this board. Freak keeps pooh poohing it.

He always has a (wrong) answer:

if the iphone doesn't sell it's because it's limited, too expensive, consumers want choice, blah blah blah.

if the iphone does sell it's not indicative of anything - (see crappy McDonalds analogy).

Note to freak: if you really worked in a restaurant even as the guy who cleaned the toilets, you'd know that service is important to consumers.

That's one main reason (among many) why consumers dislike Palm and love Apple.

The engadget article isn't a wakeup call for Palm - read the responses. It will end up a footnote in their obituary.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
freakout @ 8/22/2007 7:05:11 AM # Q
^^ Holy shit. It's like talking to a ****ing brick wall.

Maybe on your planet, jca, people make informed choices about everything they buy. Humans, however... well, 90% of them are morons and will buy, eat, watch, and listen to whatever swill is pushed in front of them. With Apple's genius marketing and the media taking every chance they can to pimp the iPhone, it's success was pre-ordained, even before it was announced. Just like Coke, McDonald's and Wal-Mart; people will go there just for the brand - never mind the fact that the service is crap or the product sub-par. See news reports that kids will eat more carrots if they come in a McDonald's wrapper: http://tinyurl.com/2jxhxx

Similarly, people will buy any piece of crap electronics - provided it comes with a half-eaten Apple on it.

I do not deny the iPhone is successful, nor that it will continue to be successful.

However, I can see plain as day that it's severely lacking as a smartphone, as can anyone who has an IQ in the positive and even the smallest sliver of critical thinking skills. Those who can't are either:

A) Apple fanboys
B) Morons (see option A)

Which are you, sweetie? XX OO

Tim
I apologise for any and all emoticons that appear in my posts. You may shoot them on sight.
Treo 270 ---> Treo 650 ---> Crimson Treo 680

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
JayC3 @ 8/22/2007 9:41:52 AM # Q
Yes indeed, the international prices are ridiculous, which is why I bought my 680 from the U.S. But the iPhone is five hundred bucks. Minimum. With contract. To a carrier that can be described as average at best. And I'm betting the international prices will be even more ridiculous. An unlocked 680 is 400 bucks and can be used on any network you like all around the world.

A 3G 755p is $279 with contract - $230 less than the cheapest iPhone. Say what you will about Palm, they've made great strides in bringing down the prices of their U.S. Treos.

I also bought my 680 in the US. It is much cheaper than in other parts in the world. I believe folks in the US are not used to pay $500 or $600 phones. In Asia, that's the normal price for a smartphone or a high-end nokia/SE/HTC/Moto phone. So if ever the iPhone comes here, a lot of people will be buying it.

I thought the carrier were the ones who make it cheaper and not Palm? Their phones are basically the same price (outside the US) as the 600, 650, 750 when they were first introduce. I guess Palm needed to lower the price in the US to remain competitive, even if affects their profit.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
Ronin @ 8/22/2007 10:04:47 AM # Q
I am glad the iPhone owners are happy with their purchase. I purchased a Treo and I am happy with my purchase.

I am unaware of any electronic device that satisfies the needs of every potential customer. When it comes to electronics one size does not fit all. Heck, they even have a wide variety of electric can openers because not every is going to like open their cans the same way or with the same design, etc.

As to my personal opinion, the iPhone is nice but in its current incarnation can not fill my needs. No smartphone on the market is perfect and the iPhone (no matter what anyone says) is not perfect. First, a cell phone without a replaceable battery is a non-starter for me. The only reason I use a smartphone is because I can install apps on it, if not, I would still be using a 'dumb' phone and a PDA.

I still say that if Palm released tomorrow an thin phone with no keyboard, no replaceable battery, no cut and paste, built-in storage that was completely inaccessible to the user except to store music files and that had a closed system within which apps crashed nevertheless there would be an uproar that would cause a rift in the time/space continuum.

As to the Engadget editorial, God save us from fanboy editorializing as if they were the be all and end all of the customer base. Further, I think that company's go out of business all the time. If Palm can no longer produce a product that satisfies consumer needs then they will go the way of the dodo because we will all stop buying their stuff. They had a nice run and que sera.

I note that, as per the SeekingAlpha site, Palm currently has 23% of the smartphone market and is in the number 2 position behind RIM. This is certainly nothing to sneeze at. They are far ahead of the number 3. This amount of market share would suggest their products do not completely suck. It seems to me that whether Palm loses more ground depends on the competing products (i.e. Apple, RIM, Motorola, etc.) and how well they execute and integrate the long overdue next generation OS.

In the Spirit of Umoja,
Ronin

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
rmhurdman @ 8/22/2007 10:40:23 AM # Q
---Quote---
I note that, as per the SeekingAlpha site, Palm currently has 23% of the smartphone market and is in the number 2 position behind RIM. This is certainly nothing to sneeze at. They are far ahead of the number 3. This amount of market share would suggest their products do not completely suck. It seems to me that whether Palm loses more ground depends on the competing products (i.e. Apple, RIM, Motorola, etc.) and how well they execute and integrate the long overdue next generation OS.
---End Quote---

I guess it's lucky for Palm investors that SeekingAlpha defines smartphones the way they do. Have you ever been outside of the US? To somewhere where mobile phones make sense, like Europe, Asia or South America?

Palm is in trouble just for trying to compete with Nokia and Sony/Eriksson, who have way more experience and global perspective. Just that fact that they've survived this long is impressive. I, for one, don't expect it to last.

And now Palm is diluting their focus by trying to compete with Asus, Samsung and Sony in the "not-quite-a-laptop" segment. In all honesty, I actually hope to see Palm fail (go "belly-up", as a previous poster said), I'm that bitter about the way they have treated their once loyal users and small developers.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
jca666us @ 8/22/2007 10:58:08 AM # Q
OK Freak, here you go:

>With Apple's genius marketing and the media taking every chance they can to pimp the
>iPhone, it's success was pre-ordained, even before it was announced. Just like Coke,
>McDonald's and Wal-Mart; people will go there just for the brand - never mind the fact
>that the service is crap or the product sub-par.

>Similarly, people will buy any piece of crap electronics - provided it comes with a
>half-eaten Apple on it.

I disagree with you here freak - look at the apple tv - certainly not selling well at all. Apple - like any other company - can't release crap and expect it to sell well.

Palm has released nothing but crap for years - they need to hit the next few out of the park - or there won't be a palm left to talk about.

>I do not deny the iPhone is successful, nor that it will continue to be successful.

It's success is more than marketing - technically it does some things much better than the treo - and it is lacking some refinements that will come about in time.

In two months, apple has released two os patches (bug fixes) for the iphone. Has palm been anywhere near as responsive?

NO. Timely OS updates are what is called being "service oriented" - remember that when you're cleaning toilets at another fine eating establishment.

>However, I can see plain as day that it's severely lacking as a smartphone, as can
>anyone who has an IQ in the positive and even the smallest sliver of critical
>thinking skills.

What we are seeing is your own stubborn attitude as to what a smartphone should be. Allow me to expand your horizons. A smartphone should have:

1. A lightweight multitasking OS
2. High resolution screen display
3. High speed processor with large amount of built-in memory.
4. Advanced web browser
5. Ajax/Web 2.0 support

An iphone doesn't meet your criteria for being a smartphone, while a treo doesn't meet my criteria.

Right now, when the treo rings it's the 1990's calling.

Palm - if they have any brains - should be looking to build future treos that takes their cues from the iphone.

Now because you're very one-dimensional, let me explain this - otherwise you'll go on another nonsensical rant about cut/copy/paste.

Things Palm will need to do:

1. Innovative form factor
2. Improved UI
3. Multitasking OS
4. Improved built-in applications
5. Better customer support
6. Stability
7. Better QC of hardware and software

I'd rather be considered a moron or an apple apologist to an idiot.

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
twrock @ 8/22/2007 11:01:45 AM # Q
In Asia, that's the normal price for a smartphone or a high-end nokia/SE/HTC/Moto phone. So if ever the iPhone comes here, a lot of people will be buying it.

So I'm curious about two things:
1. How does the iPhone do with Asian language character display?
2. How does the iPhone do with Asian language character entry (can it recognize hand-written Chinese characters)?
I'm not interested in any device that can't do those. YMMV.


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RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
hkklife @ 8/22/2007 11:26:53 AM # Q
5. Better customer support
6. Stability
7. Better QC of hardware and software

THESE are the most crucial elements, IMO. I can live with sub-standard specs etc. but the phone needs to be ROCK-SOLID STABLE and Palm needs to address issues in a matter of days or weeks, not months, years or never.

I'd like to sit down & draw up a list of all of the Palm devices released since 2000 and what their major bugs were and whether or not they were addressed by Palm. And if so, how long did it take those updates to be released and did any of them have to be "re-issued" ala the 700p/w/wx ROM updaters?

The sad thing is that Garnet was and still is a perfectly fine "low-end" OS but the combination of piggybacking a telephony stack and Palm's endless NVFS hacking has broken it to the point where it's nearly beyond repair. It's bad when the Z22 a colleague uses is absolutely flawless & never resets and makes 700p look like a hideously unreliable paperweight. I'm actually getting LESS usage and functionality out of my 700p now with the "Error 3000" network bug than I did before when it lagged like crazy and has useless BT!

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RE: Palminfocenter's just incredibly hot
freakout @ 8/22/2007 5:28:12 PM # Q
^^ Mmmm. To take us back to the article subject:

Stop keeping us in the dark - A lot of former Treo fanatics we've spoken with have abandoned Palm because they're just tired of the complete lack of information about stuff like where the platform is going and when much-needed software updates will be available. We don't expect you to reveal all your secrets (that's what Engadget is here for), but it would be nice to get some confirmation about when we'll finally see some the first Linux-powered Treos, not cagey answers and misleading statements. If you're worried about cannibalizing sales, don't be, because a lot of people who might stick around for a new-and-improved Treo are already jumping ship for iPhones, HTCs, and BlackBerrys.

Palm really need to let people know when their Treo Linux is coming. Perhaps they're afraid of repeating the Cobalt debacle - promising but never delivering?

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
JayC3 @ 8/23/2007 2:33:06 AM # Q
So I'm curious about two things:
1. How does the iPhone do with Asian language character display?
2. How does the iPhone do with Asian language character entry (can it recognize hand-written Chinese characters)?
I'm not interested in any device that can't do those. YMMV.

The iphone already supports Asian languate character display (OS X has it built in). Check out this site (its in chinese, but pictures do the talking): http://hk.phonedaily.com/news/?news_id=5121

As for the Asian language character entry, I believe they are working on this one and that is why they will release it here by 2008 (maybe mid-2008). I don't think it will much of an issue because the current smartphones (from HTC,Palm,O2) already supports Asian language character entry. ^^

RE: Palminfocenter's just jealous
twrock @ 8/23/2007 3:17:37 AM # Q
Agreed that it "shouldn't" be a problem, but that will only be if Steve says so. :) At this point I'm a bit wary of anybody's claims that any particular device will "eventually" have any particular feature. I'll wait until it is reported to be actually present before I'm ready to seriously consider anything. (Wow, that was a lot of "any's"!) Additionally, it'll be interesting to see how a device designed for finger input can handle the subtleties of a 20 stroke character. Maybe they'll have to bundle a stylus with the Asian release.


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Scathing?!!?

mikecane @ 8/21/2007 4:45:51 PM # Q
>>>Engadget has posted a scathing editorial/open letter piece

There weren't called "a pack of dumb f*cks" once.

And what they wrote has been said here over and over and over again.

Expect Palm to remain deaf.

RE: Scathing?!!?
mikecane @ 8/24/2007 11:08:13 AM # Q
http://mikecane.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/engadget-snags-the-attention-of-autistic-palm-inc/">Engadget Snags The Attention Of Autistic Palm, Inc.

Or if that doesn't work out: http://tinyurl.com/39trhy

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iPhone clone

sgiga @ 8/21/2007 7:20:57 PM # Q
Seems to me the only "right" way to do things is the iPhone way, at least according to engadget. What the dude wants (due to complete lack of imagination) is an iPhone with an HTC keyboard, why not just say it out load?

"Unfortunately" Palm has alot of innovative spirit left, and understand that the iPhone is not the beginning and the end of mobile phones and other gadgets.

RE: iPhone clone
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 7:37:50 PM # Q
of course it isn't - however its a whole lot more innovative and does more things right than the past few years of palm released devices.

RE: iPhone clone
freakout @ 8/21/2007 7:45:41 PM # Q
^^ You're right. Love the stability of the closed OS! Love the power of the non-removable battery! Love the simplicity of not having to deal with tactile feedback! We hail thee, Apple, for thou art perfection! (bows)
RE: iPhone clone
Poopie @ 8/21/2007 8:12:44 PM # Q

Love the power of the non-removable battery! Love the simplicity of not having to deal with tactile feedback! We hail thee, Apple, for thou art perfection! (bows)

How many times have you removed your Treo battery other than to replace it with a higher capacity one, or to force a Treo reset without needing to unscrew your stylus or hunt for a paperclip?

re: tactile feedback - the four buttons and the one switch on the iPhone have very nice tactile feedback, and the touch keyboard's sounds provide a nice audible feedback.

None of the Palm PDAs had tactile feedback for entering text with Graffiti and nobody here complained too much...


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RE: iPhone clone
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 8:23:03 PM # Q
shhhhh...dont confront freak with reality - his fragile mind might just -snap-

RE: iPhone clone
freakout @ 8/21/2007 10:15:56 PM # Q
How many times have you removed your Treo battery other than to replace it with a higher capacity one

Exactly. If I want to, I can put in a higher-capacity battery. If I need to, I can carry a spare battery. If the stock battery starts to lose capacity after 3-400 charges - like an iPhone battery - I can replace it without sending my phone away and paying extra fees.

re: tactile feedback - the four buttons and the one switch on the iPhone have very nice tactile feedback, and the touch keyboard's sounds provide a nice audible feedback.

It was the keyboard I was talking about - audible ain't tactile.

None of the Palm PDAs had tactile feedback for entering text with Graffiti and nobody here complained too much...

The Palm PDA's weren't designed with operations like text messaging and phone dialing in mind. Or one-handed usage, for that matter.

RE: iPhone clone
jca666us @ 8/21/2007 10:30:05 PM # Q
freak - how long does your treo last on a full charge - while browsing the web and continuously listening to music?

Treo power consumption and power mgmt. s-u-c-k

That's why you need the ability to swap/replace batteries!

The iPhone does an incredible job with power mgmt. The days of a treo or tungsten or m500 with the screen at 40% brightness to eek out longer battery life are long gone.

I hope palm puts a tenth of the engineering effort into the next gen. Treo that apple put into the iPhone.

RE: iPhone clone
twrock @ 8/22/2007 2:26:04 AM # Q
None of the Palm PDAs had tactile feedback for entering text with Graffiti and nobody here complained too much...

C'mon Poopie, that's just absurd. Does pen on paper have "tactile feedback"?

(What we have complained about, profusely, is the loss of G1.)

Carry on.


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RE: iPhone clone
mikecane @ 8/24/2007 11:29:50 AM # Q
>>>shhhhh...dont confront freak with reality - his fragile mind might just -snap-

You're trying to pull a fast one here and I won't stand for it, dammit.

Prove to everyone first that he actually has a mind!

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It's not (yet?) getting any better.

SeldomVisitor @ 8/22/2007 8:35:16 AM # Q
RE: It's not (yet?) getting any better.
Poopie @ 8/22/2007 12:39:44 PM # Q
Yeah, the new blackberries are completely ready to eat Palm's lunch. When I was a palm fanatic, I remember thinking the blackberries were too focused on email and their UI was far too limited to satisfy a Palm user.

But now...

GPS+WiFi, switch between cellular and wifi without dropping calls, support for up to 32gb of storage...

http://www.engadget.com/tag/8820/


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treo and iphone

libatbulag @ 8/22/2007 2:45:50 PM # Q
Palm needs to innovate again! I believe that is something all of us here are in agreement. In my own experience I have come realize that the iphone certainly has some worthwhile additions to the mobile experience. Palm will do well to learn some of iphone's contributins. For me the biggest of which has been the GUI interaction . The other innovation is the screen which allows for better resolution and screen vissibility especially in bright outdoors. My views on multitasking OS is still split. On the one hand I have been spoiled by its capabilities, but its something the average joe probably does not mind. Certainly mt treo 680 does just a fine job lacking thereof. I have tried so much to justify and even went through a whole month using Iphone only as my main smartphone. At the end of the day the treo 680 I have just does so much more at this point in time. Calendar/ real sms / mms / navigation / alarm... by the way iphone does not allow you to forward sms you receive!!! how stupid is that ? go figure! So, I use two! My iphone for browsing, video, ipod. These are its greatest strengths anyways. My treo in my other pocket as my smartphone. I know I sound funny but that is how it is. My palm remains trusty. But, I love my iphone's usability and web browsing. If palm wants to lead again, they need to get going on improving their GUI! They... palm. not some third party software add on.

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Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch

hhfs @ 8/22/2007 4:31:29 PM # Q
An editorial on an editorial. My favorite! No Really... Some items to add to your list of things worth mention.

Palm has been blowing it for years and if there ever was any truth to the long ago rumored Apple buyout offer Palm blew it buy not embracing that.

Palm has released buggy software for years and never gotten it straight or addressed it with fixes or real improvements.

Hardware. Hello screen whine galore! Digitizer on earlier models a complete joke/nightmare. Built in memory never sufficient and SD cars are slow so a joke to make people rely on those.

Software. Palms own OS sucks so much they had to sell out to WinduhMobile. Their baseline app the datebook sucks so much and was missing so many features that one of the best selling applications of all time was the DateBook+ series! Your whining about no Vista support. Why? Vista blows as bad as the Palm OS doesn't it? I mean I don't know but from what I have read it makes XP look like a jewel of an operating system.

Palm has ignored the Mac OS user base from day one and has never learned from that mistake now there is the iPhone love it or not in its first incarnation it blows away anything Palm has released or will release for years. Just like the iPod it will obviously evolve in real time and become the envy of all cell phone manufactures in form factor and functionality. The only legit first release criticism that has come against the iPhone is the fact that for some users depending on local coverage the coverage and phone call performance may be lacking and that is due to the network. Hawkins was a two hit wonder. The original pilot and the treo. Those were spaced out over how many years. This isn't a company that innovates. Thank goodness for disgruntled ex Palm users such as myself Apple came along and picked up the ball where palm dropped it years ago and you never have to turn back or sit and hope that someday Palm will get it right because you know that Apple will.

Finally I suggest that the site owner changes the focus of the sight to Palm Deathwatch. It would probably be more interesting as well. People could chime in with all the woes they have suffered trying to make their handheld do what they wanted them to do. Tech support blunders. Criticism of past and future hardware. Executive scramble departure watch. Stock reports as they sink into the toilet. Things that other PDA and cell phones have done better for years that Palm still cant get right and never will. Contests to correctly predict when exactly Palm will throw in the towel and the winner gets a suite of Apple products.



RE: Site should change its name to Hot Palm Babes XXX
freakout @ 8/22/2007 5:16:50 PM # Q
Palm has ignored the Mac OS user base from day one

Guess they're not so stupid after all! :P

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
ChiA @ 8/22/2007 7:21:06 PM # Q
freakout, your behaviour is becoming similar to that of a troll, you seem to make comments merely for the sake of provocation rather than for advancing argument, knowledge and understanding.

When a product is popular you say: humans, 90% of them are morons and will buy, eat, watch, and listen to whatever swill is pushed in front of them.. Windows is far more popular than Mac OS so does that by implication make people who use Windows morons?

Yet when support for the Mac OS is debated you dismiss people who've made the choice as being fanboys and morons for not going with the Windows majority.

Well, the Treos are definitely the minority smartphone in the global marketplace, the only thing they offer which sets them apart from other smartphones are the Palm OS and touchscreens.
What are you for sticking to this smartphone minority?

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
jca666us @ 8/22/2007 7:30:06 PM # Q
freak here's something for you to ponder.

No one would deny that apple sells plenty of high priced hardware.

That means "apple fans" as you often call them either have alot of disposable income or they have no problem spending alot of money on hardware and software for their macs.

By ignoring/screwing apple users palm is abandoning a sizable percentage of their user base that could afford a high-end palm branded device.

Not exactly the smartest thing for them to do.

You criticize the people who go and buy iPhones - you should realize that those are now people who won't be upgrading to palm's latest device.

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
freakout @ 8/22/2007 7:56:51 PM # Q
freakout, your behaviour is becoming similar to that of a troll, you seem to make comments merely for the sake of provocation rather than for advancing argument, knowledge and understanding.

It's called a "joke", silly. Notice the ":P" emoticon?

Well, the Treos are definitely the minority smartphone in the global marketplace, the only thing they offer which sets them apart from other smartphones are the Palm OS and touchscreens.
What are you for sticking to this smartphone minority?

A smart shopper? :P

Do you see me complaining about Apple not making a Palm OS-compatible version of iTunes? Of course not, because it would be stupid. Similarly, when Mac fans bitch about not having total compatibility, they're just being stupid. They made their bed. Now they have to lie in it. Preferably, without constantly whingeing about it.

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
jca666us @ 8/22/2007 8:10:24 PM # Q
a quick joke is all you're good for. God forbid you actually have an open discussion.

Why do that when its easier to nitpick people's posts?

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
hhfs @ 8/23/2007 4:50:30 AM # Q
Glad to see the support of a serious discussion about Palms future. I don't mind the jokes that freak has made though I don't really see them as all that funny, but I know that is subjective. I sometimes like to throw meaningless humor into a topic when things seem to get heated. I don't really think I am whining about a bed that has been made by Apple. Palm was originally a bunch of Apple dropouts just like danger who thought they could do it better or didn't like the apple politics and thoguht they could do it better and left and have since not really done much. I will give palm credit for having brought the idea of a PDA type device to the mainstream and have had many hours of enjoyment using mine. But I have had many more wishing that it worked beter. Froze up less. Had better tech support. Evolved at a quicker rate. Supported more internal memory. Had a better operating system. Is this a bed that Apple made or Palm. At the same time I thought that the primary user that was going to get ie understand a PDA and its usefulness for compact data managment were Apple users rememer the Newton. Anyway they are not doing that great and I think in large part it is because of their ignoring a large potential market. Mac OS fans. If you don't see it that way because your a Windows user or an Apple hater thats fine by me to hear your view. Has Palm ever had the media hype sucess that Apple did with the iPhone for one of their product releases? Seriously point out any review that says the iPhone OS is lame or doesn't work seamlessly. I don't really see it and I have looked for everything critical. Most of it doesn't reallly provide the context for the critisism and even the point that are made are sure to be worked out in future versions unlike Palm which continues to suck and have less and less market. At the very least Apple has held onto its market and figured out ways to creativly grow that market. If that makes you angry or thing of Apple or its user base as snobby or arrogant or whiners well thats just odd.

RE: Site should change its name to FREE VIAGRA
freakout @ 8/23/2007 10:20:57 AM # Q
hhfs:

Apologies for any offense caused. To be serious for a moment: I'm all for peace, love and mung beans amongst geeks, and I find fanboy flamewars about inanimate objects on the internet to be so sadly ridiculous that they actually become hilarious to me. Which is childish, I know, but so much damn fun! In the end, all this crap we argue about are just lumps of plastic and silicon - not your whole damn life, as some people seem to see it.

Group hug? ;)

jca666us:
Why do that when its easier to nitpick people's posts?

In your case, it's way easier!

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
jca666us @ 8/23/2007 2:28:47 PM # Q
That's only because you refuse to debate the actual statements - and wordsmith instead.

You're not really a palm apologist - you're really just stubborn and stupid.

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
freakout @ 8/23/2007 5:23:36 PM # Q
I refuse to debate your statements, because (1) you're a rude, brain-dead git and (2)... well, there is no (2). (1) is enough. I have better things to do than engaging in online pissing contests with people who consistently refuse to see the point and are determined to stamp their own interpretations of reality onto other people's posts.

(Uh-oh. I just had the last word! Expect another dumbass, flamebait reply in 3, 2, 1...)

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
jca666us @ 8/23/2007 6:43:40 PM # Q
what's more predictable - palm screwing up a product release or another childish post from freakazoid??

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
mikecane @ 8/24/2007 11:33:44 AM # Q
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

And if you give an eejit a wee bit of power on a site that used to be just about the Slashdot for PalmOS, well, you're all seeing what happens.

RE: Site should change its name to Palm deathwatch
freakout @ 8/24/2007 7:43:03 PM # Q
If by 'power' you mean 'ability to register a handle, login with it and type posts' then sure, I suppose I have some.

And I find these attacks from you two of all people so rich. jca, who kicked off his comments on this article by calling me a hack, and Mike frickin' Cane, whose posts of late have consisted solely of one-sentence flamebait.

Can you smell the hypocrisy? Still, I suppose this mess is partially my fault for not looking where I was going and stepping in it in the first place. Lesson learned!

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Palm lacks the passion to do well

ChiA @ 8/23/2007 7:11:28 PM # Q
freakout freaked:
all this crap we argue about are just lumps of plastic and silicon - not your whole damn life, as some people seem to see it

freakout, maybe you've inadvertently hit the nail on the head on the root of the malaise at Palm. I hope those who build planes, cars, bridges etc don't say "it's only nuts, bolts and metal, not my whole damn life". I hope the medics and others in the health professions don't think "oh, only flesh and blood, just like everyone else". The boxer Mohammed Ali put it well by stating "if I'm a garbage man then I want to be the best garbage man in the world". The best in their fields have a passion to do well, to excel and Palm simply doesn't seem to have that passion.

Yes, they're only plastic and silicon but plastic and silicon which the engineers, the medics, the business people etc of this world use in the hope of making their professional and personal lives easier and more productive. When that plastic and silicon is unreliable and makes life more difficult for those it should be helping, then that's the time when people seek out reliable alternatives...


What should be most distrurbing for Palm is the number of people who commented after the Engadget editorial "I used to own a Palm but now I use a Blackberry/Nokia etc". It's still not all lost for Palm, the fact that they bothered to read and comment on the article shows that they still have an interest in Palm, they are people who'll come back if Palm delivers the right product.


I'm also bemused by those who say that the Palm smartphone is not for the "geeky and nerdy types" who populate PIC, Treocentral and the internet. So please tell me, just who are they for, the guy picking potatoes in the field? All credit to the guy but I doubt he's in the need for regular email updates whilst doing the harvest. Bear in mind smartphone owners are themselves in a minority, the vast majority of phone sales are dumbphones, albeit the lines have blurred.

Palm's problem is that it's lost email to RIM, music to Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson etc and now has to resort to the Fooleo in order to set itself apart from the competition.

I hope someone can bring the passion back to Palm in these troubled times.

RE: Palm lacks the passion to do well
hhfs @ 8/23/2007 10:12:15 PM # Q
I agree with the point of view expressed by the previous poster. The reservation that I would express is that I belive thier must be people passionate about Palm and its future, however they are in to big of an organization that is bloated with obvious dead weight that renders the effect of those with passion ineffective.

I don't really care if Palm folds or stays. Time will tell. There is the saying that its good to have a competitive landscape and that a competitive landscape provides the consumer with a better end product. However I don't think Palm is that competitive in the arena of smartphones or PDA's. They have 3 PDA's and probably should be able to have just one that is effective. The foleo does not make any sense to me at all. Who the hell wants that to sustain a company or drive its future? Its the laptop that isn't a lap top that pairs with your smartphone, wow! Why the hell would more than 12 people care about that. Hasn't Palm watched alomst every other mini laptop fail to gain hold of any kind of market share? 5 smartphones that aren't all that smart and outwardly look all the same but aren't. Hey its a theme. Trim the line and focus on doing it better than everyone else. Danger obviously has a good niche platform because most of the big players have imitated their ideas so maybe merge with Danger and let them direct your product line and future?

In regards to freak I think it is worth saying that freak thinks its hilarious how people want to discuss and debate elements of PIC related topics and that sometimes those debates get heated, but freak is here wasting time mocking the people that DO care to discuss it because that in and of itself isn't a laughable waste of time is it? Whats worse is I have yet to see anyone come out in support of his comments but he keeps coming back which indicates that this individual is spending a fair amount of time on the site and reading over the information which to me seems pathetic. Its not funny really, its not itelligent really, it's barely relevant, barely so whats the point. Why is freak so bitter and upset about healthy debate? We get it you think its pointless and lame which it may be, but if that is the case your ten rungs below that level in the supidity of it all.

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