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Palm CEO dismisses Apple's iPhone

updated 03:30 pm EST, Mon November 20, 2006

Palm dismisses iPhone

Palm CEO Ed Colligan has revealed disinterest in Apple's forthcoming iPhone cellular handset when questioned about the matter at a breakfast gathering, according to the Mercury News, and laughed at the idea that any company -- including Apple -- could easily draw customers in the difficult smart-phone sector. "We've learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone," Colligan said. "PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They're not going to just walk in." Apple exploded into the digital music market in December of 2001 with the debut of its first-generation iPod, and has since worked to establish and maintain its dominance in the market. Apple still retains its leadership over the digital music industry, reporting the shipment of more than 8,792,000 iPods during its previous quarter.

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  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Eating his words...

    Yeah, OK, I have a Treo 650 and I can tell you, it's pretty decent, but there are SO many obvious ways that the thing could be improved. Like Ed said, it's "decent", however that's where Apple really excels. They look at a product and say "these are the obvious problems that this thing has" then, they come up with truly innovative ways to solve those issues. That's how Apple sold so many iPods and I'm willing that will be the same way that they sell the iPhone.

    Personally, the thing that I don't think that Palm gets is that so far, there isn't a phone on the market that represents a truly great product (as far as I am concerned). There are some that look nice, but that's usually about where it ends. That being the case I certainly think that there's a big opportunity for a really excellent product.

  1. bradoesch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Surprise surprise

    A potential direct competitor isn't suggesting it's existing customers purchase an iPhone? The madness!

  1. ADeweyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh no....

    ... shouldn't people know better than this by now?

    No, it's not a foregone conclusion that Apple is going to have a successful product -- but it is certainly not prudent to assume that they can't possibly come up with anything new in the area.

    I fear that this gentleman is going to have to eat his words in a year or so.

  1. goatman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I had expected him to say, "Here comes Apple. Time to back it in and head home I guess."

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's proof that the iPhone exists! It say 'forthcoming'! Its around the corner, at a xmas store near you (nah, that would make too much sense, selling it for the holiday season, best to wait until after everyone has spent all their money and looking for ways to pay off their debt and bring it out then).

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    another comments thread killed by testudo

  1. Ashari

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: ADeweyan

    I couldn't agree more! The companies that were selling MP3 players (Creative, for example) thought that they had "figured out" what people wanted... and we both know how that turned out.

    IMHO, Apple will decimate the mobile phone space very quickly, *IF* they come out with a "smart phone" that really kicks butt...

    For instance, imagine a phone with these features:

    Great reception, great sound quality

    Sync contacts (Outlook & AB)

    AIM integration, with Contact Presence monitoring

    Bluetooth enabled for wireless synching

    Synching with iTunes (with 1000 or more songs!)

    and a really beautiful design that doesn't scratch when you look at it wrong.

    Any other features that I'm missing here?

    What features should the iPhone have?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in denial

    The poor guy, so badly in denial... although, he's right! "PC guys are not going to just figure this out."

    Just one slight mistake: Apple aren't "PC guys".

  1. TimmyDee51

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As a Treo user

    I have to say that Ed couldn't be more wrong. I'm pretty happy with my Treo 600, but then again they haven't done much to subsequent Treos to really make them stand out. If Apple doesn't come up with a good smartphone competitor, I'll probably get a 680. But if they do, Palm had better watch out.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Eating his words...

    You got that right, I have a Treo 650 as well and it lacks polish and thats where Apple excels they look at the finer details. They use their products every day so they notice little tiny things that would make it that much better which add up to something big in the end. I hope this guy EATs his own words! it will be a sweet sweet day when i can ditch my Treo 650 and have a pure Apple solution! speaking of which paint on the buttons of my Treo is wearing off!

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