19 thoughts on “Dell’s Smartphone Seems Real This Time!”

  1. I don’t think that Dell should enter this smart phone market unless they want everybody to LOL on them. Dell should enter only if it has some “killer ideas” (which I don’t think it has) and should not enter for the sake of entering because the market is big and has opportunities ..blah blah blah….I don’t know why these companies don’t stick to their roots want to bring out something without polishing it..take for instance RIM’ Storm, or other touch based phone by samsung or LG and even HTC’s G1 (with not-so-good hardware) are all the examples of desparate companies trying to dethrone Apple in their dreams. I know once a reporter asked Steve that why don’t you create a search engine of your’s ..and he rightly said that Google is good at making one and let them make (means Google.com is already there)….one mature management decision I should say.

  2. thats great the more the competition the better for the customers !!

    bring it on michael, lets hope you predict apple’s moves better this time around…

  3. Dell is going nowhere its main rival HP is preparing a salvo its already teamed up with software giant Oracle to deliver the most powerful machine on this planet. Change direction unbundle focus go for the hardware HP is on rampage.

  4. Why would Dell want to buy Palm (for something like $2 billion!) when Palm gets its phones from ODMs, has gone proprietary on their next still-vaporware phone (the Pre), and Dell has been talking to ODMs for years?

    Some acquisitions really don’t make any sense at all.

  5. Wait…Dell is counting on the guy who created only 1 successful phone in his lifetime, which also, outside of its design, has probably the crappiest software or interface on any phone?

    They may be successful, but Motorola holdovers are not going to be the reason why…

  6. Agree w “addicted”. It takes a long time to build competency in handheld electronics.

    Apple and RIM have had over a decade to go through dozens of iterations and learn what works and what doesn’t. Even Palm, which was a market leader at one time, finds it hard to keep up. Look at Microsoft’s experience with Zune. (Shipments down by half [!] this year: http://www.podcastingnews.com/2009/01/23/zune-death-watch-microsoft-zune-revenues-plummet/)

    Sure, iPhone is only $175 in parts (http://www.alleyinsider.com/2009/1/blackberry-storm-isuppli) how hard can it be to put together a competitor? Very hard. I put long long odds against Dell on this one.

    – Shai


  7. I’m not an Apple fanboi, but when they release a larger iPhone (iNewtown?), they’ll kill whatever else is out there — including my Android-based G1 which I very much love and rely on.

    Dell? Old news. There’s a problem that few people are talking about regarding smartphones. No, it isn’t the Apple patent. It isn’t the interface, necessarily. The biggest issue, and what will declare the next winner, is battery life.

    As we require more and more processing power, video capabilities, and network bandwidth, battery life is getting worse, not better. My Android running last.fm or imeem is horrid. My iPod Touch isn’t much better (no telcom network, though).

    The key to success for the next iteration of smartphones will be more than just interface and application market, it will be battery life. I have high hopes for the day when wireless power is readily available everywhere (Starbucks tables, desk at the office and home, car dashboard, etc). Until then, we’re not looking at Moore’s Law in smartphone capabilities.

  8. Dee:

    That Microvision is cool, but how the heck will you power it on the go? That’s ALL that I need: more cables. Ugh.

    I think Apple’s next step needs to be to create a battery-operated wireless power plate. Picture a LiOn battery approximately the size and weight of a netbook: no screen. no keyboard, just a lump of plastic and battery within. The whole purpose of this device is to be an inductive charging plate. Someone with a multitude of inductive-chargable devices (iPod, phone, maybe a netbook) can be “on the go” and still have a place to charge their devices during downtimes.

    In the car? Stick your devices on the plate (mounted inside of a thin piece of fabric on your carryall). At home? Charge the plate, and while doing so, charge your devices on top of it. At a client’s office? Drop the plate on a desk, and if you’re getting low, you can charge your devices.

    I’ve wanted a carryall with a LiOn battery in it with a set of USB charging ports, but never got around to having one made. I hate cables. With my notebooks, I buy extra chargers for all the usual places I find myself. For my Sony, I have 7 chargers I own that stay at my most popular places (and one in the car). Whoever gets rid of the battery life problem (Apple, I’m sure) will kill the market if they win a patent over the operations and mechanics of it.

    I just went to Dell.com and realized I hadn’t been there in 14 months. How odd.

  9. Dell smartphone is not another DJ. This time smartphones related devices are a real threat to their PC business as the line blurs between them all.

  10. Hopefully Michael Dell has learned to eat crow. A couple of years ago he dissed (and his pal Gates) Steve Jobs, Apple and the Ipod/Iphone business as lacking any innovation and potential for growth. Now he seems to be chasing the same market without really understanding what he needs to do to be successful. And if they rely on Microsoft software then they are definitely shooting themselves in the foot before getting out of the gate.

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