Palm's Fading Lifeline Editorial
BusinessWeek's "Technology & You" section has posted a new editorial entitled "Palm's Fading LifeLine". The editorial, written by Stephen H. Wildstrom, is quite a hard-hitting examination of the recent fumbles of Palm amidst increasingly fierce smartphone competition.
The piece claims that the recently launched Centro smartphone, despite generally positive reviews, is nothing more than a cut-down version of the Treo 755p. Wildstrom makes a particular point to note the size constraints of the Centro's screen, battery, and keyboard. The article ultimately concludes that the recent lackluster efforts of the pioneering PDA company might be too little, too late, especially after being compounded by the resource drain brought about by the now-cancelled Foleo Mobile Companion.
The controversial piece is certain to makes a good, albeit brief, read that will echo the sentiment shared by many long-time Palm handheld users over the past few years. The article is well-written without being overly technical. The authorís claim of being a long-term user and fan of the Palm OS is apparent as he readily acknowledges the shortcomings of the Palm OS (no multi-tasking, GPS, or wi-fi) alongside traits that are still hallmarks of the OS such as ease of use and speedy information lookup.