Comments on: Smartphones Showed Strong Growth in 2007

Canalys' annual smart mobile device, aka smartphone, report for 2007 has just been released. Their data shows that worldwide converged device shipments (smart phones and wireless handhelds) rose 60% to hit 115 million in 2007. Year-on-year growth climbed every quarter throughout 2007, to reach a peak of 72% in Q4. Shipments in North America alone more than doubled 2006 figures to 20.9 million units.
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Pure Touchscreen Smartphone

robera @ 2/5/2008 6:26:51 PM # Q
Palm must to see carefully this number and think about again on not launching a pure touchscreen Treo with a Huge screen (like the TX). See how apple was doing good and with only one model.

Wake up Palm!!! We need a Big Screened Treo. At least one Model. Is that so difficult do do?

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The marketshare numbers suggest...

SeldomVisitor @ 2/5/2008 7:39:24 PM # Q
...that Apple took share directly from Palm, exactly as the pundits said they would.

RE: The marketshare numbers suggest...
hkklife @ 2/5/2008 8:00:00 PM # Q
In another room, a few executives watched Carl Yankowski's interview on CNBC, taping it for playback at the employee meeting that was to commence in minutes. After CNBC announcers gushed over "the most talked-about IPO," the camera cut to Carl Yankowski in the Nasdaq studio. Usually a compelling public speaker, Yankowski seemed out of his element. When asked about larger screens for palmtops, he answered stiffly, "We are well positioned whichever way the market goes." As the interview came to a close, the reporter said, "I've got to ask you about your suit." Yankowski smiled. He was wearing a very special suit, he let on, designed to satisfy the public's high expectations from Palm's IPO. The shiny pinstripes woven into the otherwise standard wool suit were made from threads of pure gold. CNBC cut back to the studio anchor. "Was that for real?" he asked the correspondent. The Palm managers assembled around the TV set looked at each other. "We're not showing this video," one of the executives decreed. Then they walked out to start the employee meeting.

fast-forward 6.5 years.....

Responding to questions from New York Times correspondent John Markoff at a Churchill Club breakfast gathering Thursday morning, Colligan laughed off the idea that any company -- including the wildly popular Apple Computer -- could easily win customers in the finicky smart-phone sector.
"We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone," he said. "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in.'"

Nearly a decade later, Palm are STILL ILL-PREPARED for larger "palmtop" screens. They'd rather just keep respinning SSS (small square screens) on increasingly feature-deficient "me too" smartphones.

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

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...which is why the Palm we know is loosing ground.

twrock @ 2/5/2008 9:24:10 PM # Q
This race is a marathon, but you pretty much have to sprint every lap.

Watching the way Palm has been operating, I'm left with the feeling that they still think they are the only runner on the track. I'm afraid they were asleep (or was it simply denial) when the other runners blew by them. (But maybe they are just so far behind at this point that from their position it just looks like there are no other runners.)

Symbian is not a better OS. Like MS Windows though, it just comes pre-installed on all those gazillion Nokia phones. I'm still interested is seeing what Apple and some version of Linux can do. If somehow the almost unbelievable happens and that "Linux" is Palm's, so be it. But I'm certainly not waiting for them in an specific way. It's not as if Palm's hardware is particularly compelling either. But so far my TX keeps plugging along and I can't find any compelling reason to upgrade (or is it "downgrade") to anything I'm seeing available right now.

"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)

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Well duh

sremick @ 2/5/2008 10:31:53 PM # Q
If all they make are smartphones, and that's where all the fancy new tech goes, of course that's going to be all people buy.

Hint to Palm et al: put the same level of fancy-new-tech into a device sans the phone part, then see how well that sells. Apple already caught on with the iPod Touch (although it still falls very short in too many ways to be a true Palm replacement, it's still miles beyond anything Palm has produced in recent years).

Otherwise the companies are just skewing these stats by what they choose to make. What next? Hershey reporting that their chocolate is selling better than their motor oil?

RE: Well duh
PacManFoo @ 2/6/2008 8:26:18 AM # Q
Hershey Motor Oil is dead. The sales trends prove this.

PDA's Past and Present:
Palm TX (Number 2)
Palm - IIIxe, Vx, M500, M505, Tungsten T, TX
Handspring - Edge, Platinum, Deluxe
Sony - SJ22
Apple - MP110, MP2000, MP2100
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market share

sachxn @ 2/6/2008 5:38:37 AM # Q
I think that with the launch of iPhone 2 Apple will become no.1 in smartphone sales.


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