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Claudia Schiffer, Supermodel and Palm Model

Palm, Claudia Schiffer and PTN Media today announced a collaboration to design and market the Palm Vx Claudia Schiffer Edition. A prototype of the elegant, brushed handheld was unveiled today. It will be available exclusively online Fall 2000 at www.claudiaschiffer.com.

Claudia Schiffer said, "I am excited to be working with Palm to bring fashion to technology and extend its reach to the wider population."

Schiffer is personally selecting her favorite add-on software applications to include on a CD that customers can use to install the programs on their Palm Vx Claudia Schiffer Edition handheld.

"Our goal is to become as essential in pop culture as we are in tech culture," Satjiv Chahil, chief marketing officer at Palm, said in a statement today. "We are delighted that as an avid Palm user, the multitalented Claudia Schiffer recognizes the opportunity to market an elegant, powerful and simple-to-use technology to the fashion-conscious public."

Thanks to ZDNet Inter@ctive Investor and to ZDNet for the image.

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Who cares!

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/1/2000 2:15:18 PM #
This is just more style over substance. We don't need more Palm models (literally), we need better handhelds! I could care less what color the Palm Vx brushed metal comes in. What about an improved OS that FINALLY has the features I've been waiting for?

If Palm or someone doesn't get thier shit together, and soon, then I'm going over to the Pocket PC side of the fence! The iPaq is incredible...thin and light!

Come on Palm, get your act together now! The clock is ticking. I'll probably wait until October or November to make my final decision. But if no significant changes or improvements have been made by then...it's bye bye Palm...hello Pocket PC.

Here's hoping :(

RE: Who cares!
Jim @ 8/1/2000 6:00:51 PM #
I think Palm is still way ahead of the game when comparing it against PocketPC, But fact remains.

A device named after a supermodel is as friggen CHEESY as they come.

Jim

RE: Who cares! Me.
Ed @ 8/1/2000 6:03:31 PM #
I hope you don't mind if I re-name the article based on your Palm model pun. It was too good to pass up. Thanks.

I think the Palm needs a balance of style and substance. Currently, I think they are keeping that balance very well. Yes, the Palm OS doesn't have everything in it that many people want but for every person who is clamoring for more features there is another demanding that they keep it simple. And I think the Vx looks cool and professional but if Claudia can come up with an improvement and make money on it without making the thing harder to use, more power to her.

The Claudia Palm is an interesting experiment. It will be just one of many options and I'm all in favor of choice.

RE: Who cares!
Gino @ 8/1/2000 7:34:59 PM #
well well desperation thats what happens when you run out of ideas...

Palm where is the innovation....

RE: Who cares!
Serpico @ 8/1/2000 10:12:04 PM #
Well, well, I heard about this a couple of months ago and thought what a load of crap. Why is there nothing good coming out of Palm lately? No inovators like Jeff to carry them on after he left? I still use a Palmpilot Pro with the 2mb upgrade b/c everything else (Palm Vx & PocketPC's-I know I'm going to Palm Hell for saying it) is too costly. And really it doesn't offer much except looks that Palm Vx. I know someone who spent $700 on his due to the shortage. Oh come on, give us somethingto be excited about!
RE: Who cares!
Yoda @ 8/2/2000 12:55:38 AM #
You can darn well bet that Jeff Hawkins (Handspring) has more up his sleeves than signing up a super model to push his next line of handheld devices.

What is Palm Thinking? It's no wonder that Handspring has reached 25% of Palm's market in the first year. Palm is too busy trying to color coordinate rather than innovate.

With moves like this one, Palm is going to wind up having to sell the OS back to Jeff to pull a profit by this time next year. Hmm... Wonder if this is something Jeff has already realized.

Just a thought...

Hey Palm, wanna hear a secret? Deliver the following and you just might be able to turn things around:

You were on the right track with the Palm VII (Probably Jeff's idea wasn't it?), but it was too costly for most, lacked enough memory to store anything you find from more than a handful of query apps and the service cost is highly uncompetitive.

To get it right, Deliver a Wireless, Color Palm Device with 8MB of RAM (minimum)/4MB Flash RAM and a CF Slot. Scrap the idea for creating a new standard in hardware attachments, you're too late. Learn from TRG here. By brining your own "New" standard to the market, you will only create confusion among your current/potential customer base. Keep it simple.

You've already realized that 2MB of Flash is not enough room to enhance your OS. This is why there is no upgrade for the Palm VII to support anything beyond Palm OS 3.2.5. The Palm VII is basically an "Un-Upgradable device". Any Palm VII owners care to disagree? Try finding an upgrade to Palm OS 3.5 for your P7. Won't happen and Palm knows it. If the VIIx includes 2MB of Flash, guess what, same problem different casing(black instead of grey I hear). Hardly worth considering.

Palm, if your Engineers can deliver a device that includes the following, you will make it another 2-3 years:

1) Wireless (Web Clipping/WAP) - Higher Data Rates needed though. A bit too slow.
2) Color. Why purchase a device that is B&W? You've introduced the IIIc, Palm VII users will not want to revert back to a VII even with 8MB of RAM on a greyscale display (Ok, maybe a few but not enough to stay competitive).
3) 8MB (Min.) with 4MB of Flash (Min.). You need room in the Flash to be able to upgrade previous OS versions, 2MB will not cut it as mentioned above.
4) A Compact Flash Slot. Learn from the success of your competitors. The only reason you are where you are today is because of Jeff's innovative ideas.

It's time you come up with some of your own or get left behind!

Get to work Palm, you are really beginning to slip. Stay focused and unlearn what you have learned. May the force be with you!

RE: Who cares!
Yoda @ 8/2/2000 12:55:38 AM #
You can darn well bet that Jeff Hawkins (Handspring) has more up his sleeves than signing up a super model to push his next line of handheld devices.

What is Palm Thinking? It's no wonder that Handspring has reached 25% of Palm's market in the first year. Palm is too busy trying to color coordinate rather than innovate.

With moves like this one, Palm is going to wind up having to sell the OS back to Jeff to pull a profit by this time next year. Hmm... Wonder if this is something Jeff has already realized.

Just a thought...

Hey Palm, wanna hear a secret? Deliver the following and you just might be able to turn things around:

You were on the right track with the Palm VII (Probably Jeff's idea wasn't it?), but it was too costly for most, lacked enough memory to store anything you find from more than a handful of query apps and the service cost is highly uncompetitive.

To get it right, Deliver a Wireless, Color Palm Device with 8MB of RAM (minimum)/4MB Flash RAM and a CF Slot. Scrap the idea for creating a new standard in hardware attachments, you're too late. Learn from TRG here. By brining your own "New" standard to the market, you will only create confusion among your current/potential customer base. Keep it simple.

You've already realized that 2MB of Flash is not enough room to enhance your OS. This is why there is no upgrade for the Palm VII to support anything beyond Palm OS 3.2.5. The Palm VII is basically an "Un-Upgradable device". Any Palm VII owners care to disagree? Try finding an upgrade to Palm OS 3.5 for your P7. Won't happen and Palm knows it. If the VIIx includes 2MB of Flash, guess what, same problem different casing(black instead of grey I hear). Hardly worth considering.

Palm, if your Engineers can deliver a device that includes the following, you will make it another 2-3 years:

1) Wireless (Web Clipping/WAP) - Higher Data Rates needed though. A bit too slow.
2) Color. Why purchase a device that is B&W? You've introduced the IIIc, Palm VII users will not want to revert back to a VII even with 8MB of RAM on a greyscale display (Ok, maybe a few but not enough to stay competitive).
3) 8MB (Min.) with 4MB of Flash (Min.). You need room in the Flash to be able to upgrade previous OS versions, 2MB will not cut it as mentioned above.
4) A Compact Flash Slot. Learn from the success of your competitors. The only reason you are where you are today is because of Jeff's innovative ideas.

It's time you come up with some of your own or get left behind!

Get to work Palm, you are really beginning to slip. Stay focused and unlearn what you have learned. May the force be with you!

This is a Joke, right?
Jon @ 8/2/2000 10:13:45 AM #
Ha!! ha!! This was a good one!

It is a Joke right? Surely it's a Joke. Either that or someone at Palm is getting paid big bucks to be a comedian...

RE: Who cares!, I do
sick fuc @ 8/2/2000 10:27:22 PM #
I'd love to palm Claudia, Better yet, I'd love to to tongue her :)
RE: Who cares!, I do
sick fuc @ 8/2/2000 10:27:22 PM #
I'd love to palm Claudia, Better yet, I'd love to to tongue her :)

Puh-leez!

smokey @ 8/2/2000 9:32:46 AM #
Who cares about her favorite apps or what color faceplate she thinks the Palm should sport? And why should she make any money from something so banal? Not to mention only making it available on her website.

Is this the same Blue Palm from Cannes?

@ 8/2/2000 10:16:21 AM #
This looks like the same "Blue Palm" that was being sold at the Canne film festival in France just a couple months ago. Seems like a place Claudia would be.

Satjiv Chahil, chief marketing officer at Palm

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2000 12:15:38 PM #
I'm sorry but this is the guy (Satjiv Chahil) who helped run Apple into the ground a few years back.

What a coincidence that when he was "Steved" the company's marketing strategies and commercials became decent and they were profitable again.

I remember seeing this guy describe Apple's Pippen game console as the best thing since sliced bread. What an idiot.

RE: Satjiv Chahil, chief marketing officer at Palm
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2000 2:01:30 AM #
If you own Palm stock, you better sell!!! Otherwise your green may turn into silver after this dumb ass scheme from Palm awakes this morning when Vx color coordination beaks wind...

Yo, Claudia? Do you even know how to use one of these things? I hear they are great for breaking into Limo's through the advanced IrDA Communications port... (that thingie/window at the top, similar to the remote control device used on your TV)

I'd love to see a video-based interview (Quick Time, AVI or some other format that is completly foreign to you) with you sharing your expert opinion on how the Vx has changed your modeling career. Better yet, on how your little black book has turned to green (or whatever that color is that you recommended to Palm, or so they say). I guess silver is not good enough for the millionaires of the world. I would have thought Gold or see-through diamond would have been more appealing. Oh well... I'll have to wait until next years line-up of Palms when they sign-up Christy Brinkley.

What an innovative idea, to ask Palm to turn into Chameleons! They obviously don't have anything better to do. Sure haven't pounded out a line of code since this time last year. At least it kept their Art department busy. I'm sure they are glad you stopped by with your request! They obviously aren't listening to the average customer.

Since the senior management there is totally brain-dead anyway, it sounded like a good idea to them and look! Here it is, Aug 7th and your new line has just surfaced! Palm Vx the Claudia way... Honestly, did you ever really waste your time on one of these gadgets before the morons at Palm asked you about this?

Wow! Thank you for contributing to the advancement of the handheld computing industry. I look forward to seeing you at the next PCExpo...

fashion conscious?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2000 12:19:13 PM #
um, it looks like a palm v to me. anyone got a blue magic marker I can borrow?


Satjiv Chahil is a moron.

who cares

Scott @ 8/2/2000 12:37:20 PM #
If you can't view her on the screen then what is the point?

so what?

macfixer @ 8/2/2000 1:26:37 PM #
like anyone cares about your idle threat? don't like the palm? the beauty of free market is that you can choose an alternate.

K

RE: so what?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/2/2000 4:02:39 PM #
Well looks like you must care about his "idle threat", or else why are you replying?

Just a thought:-)

stupid idea

tom mckee @ 8/2/2000 4:59:25 PM #
i hope she can find the power button

Visor targets women

queen-of-swords @ 8/2/2000 6:23:52 PM #
Hey, finally a pda aimed at those of the xx chromosome persuasion. Too often cool gadgets are written off as boy's toys but hopefully this will give more of us a shove in the right direction.

UPDATE

dannychambers @ 8/4/2000 11:47:11 AM #
found an update on the celebrity palm Vx

http://www.happyrobot.net/palm/news/Geek_com.htm

" CLASS=NEWS TARGET=_NEW>http://www.happyrobot.net/palm/news/Geek_com.htm

RE: UPDATE
Ronald @ 8/4/2000 11:51:06 AM #
um. where did those "br"'s come from in that link?

Re: Who Cares

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/4/2000 1:08:51 PM #
I agree - while style is important to me and is one reason I chose the Palm Vx over Visor (that, and it's light), I am more and more vexed at the lack of increased sophistication over the last 5 years. It's not enough that there are tens of thousands of developers writing software - most of it just makes me want to write my own and most of it does not integrate with the core applications or with anything else.

If Palm's marketing department were smart, they would be working really hard at preventing the majority of their existing market share from swithing camps to other, more feature rich platforms (that are now even just as sexy), rather than scrambling over selling cheaper or more colourful devices to potential new users.

llame

chad @ 8/4/2000 2:39:03 PM #
this is the lamest idea.

wow :-/

aardvarko @ 8/4/2000 6:42:59 PM #
It'd be one thing if the hardware was significantly different... but it ain't.


How 'bout, say, a cool blue backlight? ;-)

what i aml

hello @ 8/5/2000 10:49:09 AM #
More female computerfreaks neded.
Posh Vx is a good start.
But when Cosmo has shown it - let's hope palm put out xxx freak version in black carbonfiber and blue backlite and (hello) glowinthedark stylus and . . .

I can't see any difference

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/5/2000 1:40:51 PM #
I can't see any difference between this and a normal Palm V. It would be a better idea to add usefull features to the Palm (like Handsprings expansion slot) to regain market share. Seems that Palm is running behind its competitors at this time.
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