When Apple launched the iPhone it was one of the largest phones of its type in the market. This gave it certain advantages that few spoke about...
And it ain’t a bloody Prius
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Opinion Email is just not good enough
Analyst Opinion - Some companies are gluttons for punishment. Dell, apparently, is one of them.
Analyst Opinion - Microsoft has been a key player in the mobile device
market since the early days of smartphones with its Windows Mobile
Operating System (OS). And because of its affinity to the Windows
desktop and Microsoft programming models and middleware, it garnered a
substantial share of early smart phone deployments in the enterprise,
second only to Blackberry. However, over the past two years, its grasp
has been slipping and its market share eroding both because of market
forces and because Microsoft has not kept pace with the accelerated
rate of developments in the mobile arena.
Opinion - Apple's App Store celebrates a year of existence and 1.5 billion downloads from 65,000 applications. It is astonishing, and all of it despite a less than developer friendly approach by the company, and confusion and ambiguity in some of its approaches. Sounds like the same old high-handed, arrogance of the company that gave us the Mac revolution and so it fizzle against the onslaught of Windows. So, is there a Microsoft to challenge them now, or has Apple got the playing field all to itself?
Analyst Opinion - Netbooks are the new cellphones. At least that’s what
wireless carriers want you to believe. And as they try to convince us
that we should buy them under the same terms we’ve been buying regular
old cell phones for years – namely, get them for a ridiculously cheap,
subsidized up-front price in exchange for a two-year service contract
commitment – we’d do well to be cynical. There’s no such thing as a
free lunch, and that so-called bargain could cost you well into
four-figure territory by the time your contract is up.
Analyst Opinion - I live in the Great White North, which typically
means I can buy new technology six months after it is first released in
the U.S. I’ll also pay more for the privilege thanks to a weak Canadian
dollar. But since I’m Canadian, I’ll still be polite about it. For once
in my life, however, being Canadian may work to my advantage. If the
Web rumor mill can be believed, Canada may end up being the first
country on the planet where iPhones are sold through more than one
Analyst Opinion - If you work for Apple, own stock or are otherwise
connected to the plucky company from Cupertino, congratulations. You
have every right to drink it in after yet another momentous day in the
history of an organization that seems to rewrite it on a regular basis.
Enjoy it while it lasts.
Analyst Opinion - No guts, no glory. And as Palm tries to regain a
slice of what made it such a cool company in the 1990s, its latest move
is an eyebrow-raiser. The company’s decision to enable Palm Pre devices
to sync to users’ iTunes libraries is the most cheeky shot across
Apple’s bow since hackers discovered Mac OS X could be installed on the
suddenly-popular - and very non-Apple - netbooks. As much as these
so-called Hackintosh machines get under Apple’s skin, it’s easy to
conclude that Palm’s move must be steaming up the boardroom in
Cupertino even more.
Analyst Opinion - Palm and Apple remind me a lot of Netscape and
Microsoft. Netscape came out early and promised to put Microsoft out of
business. When Netscape did not execute, Microsoft took Netscape's
market. Palm seemed to do the same thing with Apple, effectively
calling them out early and promising to effectively take the market
away from them. While the Palm Pre is a great phone, the word
"premature" came to mind along with my memory of the Netscape disaster.
However, these companies clearly hate each other and Palm is largely
run by a large number of disgruntled ex-Apple executives now.
Opinion: Current silicon cannot support mushrooming feature bloat on Apple's popular handset.
Opinion – Yes, it is the time of the year again. Just about one month
before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference we are seeing “industry
sources” shifting into high gear to provide media with ideas what Apple
may reveal at the conference. Even Microsoft and a few carriers managed
to become part of the feeding frenzy. Let the games begin.
Opinion – Question: If you need a notebook for travel, and just don’t
care for one of those 17” monsters that should not be called notebooks
anyway, which one would you choose? I have been trying to find the
perfect computer for more than 10 years and, finally, was certain I had
found the best (note: I don’t say “perfect”) system last year: The HP
Mini. Now AMD tells me there this a better option than my netbook – the
slim HP Pavilion dv2. Are they right? Chime in to let me know what you
Analyst Opinion - The concept of the Netbook was originally based on
the idea of a connected device with a few gigabytes of flash memory, a
screen in the 7" range, and a price target of $100. The $100 price
point turned out to be a pipe dream and netbooks kind of grew up. Now
they are priced in the $400+ range, generally have 10" or larger
screens, 60+ gigabyte hard drives, and are little different in their
capability from a notebook computer with the constant variable being
crappy graphics, a low powered CPU and that small 10" wide screen. But
there is another option.
By now, it appears to be clear that the next
big thing for the upcoming iPhone refresh will be video capability. While it is pretty obvious that
the next-gen iPhone will combine a 3.2 megapixel camera capable of
recording videos and an entirely new Movies
application for basic video editing and sharing, it seems that video
calls could emerge as the new killer feature. The iPod touch may get a
5 megapixel camera, enabling Apple to further distance itself from
its rivals in the music space and go after the digital camera market as
Analyst Opinion - Hunters have played the game for thousands of years:
when you’ve wiped a given territory clean, it’s time to head off
somewhere else in search of greener pastures. PC vendors, suffering
from years of ever-thinning margins aggravated more recently by a
devastated economy that’s collapsing demand for conventional computers,
are starting to do the same thing. If they can’t make money selling
desktops and laptops, the thinking goes, they’ll shift their attention
I was astounded when the cellular carriers sent Dell's prototype "iPhone-killer" back to the drawing board.
I do get it though ... carriers need differentiating products in a crowded market. Still, shouldn't the handset makers be designing the handsets and not the other way
around? I mean, so long as the device works, what do the carriers care? Isn't there a chocolate and vanilla option for this very reason?
Analyst Opinion - We are surrounded by doom and gloom and folks
frantically trying to bring out products that can exist at the bottom
of the market. The future that we seem to be anticipating is one where
we all live in one-bedroom homes and drive cheaper Prius automobiles
designed by the government. While this is short of, thank god, the
world envisioned in Mad Max, it isn't exactly something we all are
looking forward to. But the Dell Adamo is the first notebook in a long
time that is as much a statement as it is a PC. It stands as a
counterpoint to the doom and gloom that surrounds us.