Flip Founder: People Still Want Single Purpose Devices

8 thoughts on “Flip Founder: People Still Want Single Purpose Devices”

  1. I too love my Flip.

    I agree that “convergence devices” haven’t doomed the Flip, but a lack of WiFi (or other) is a bigger hurdle.

    I don’t think that taking video on my iPhone can replace that for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I can hand my Flip to my 5 year old and not worry about apps, emails, etc getting deleted.

    I suspect that either the Flip won’t be dead for long, or that someone like Sony/Samsung/etc will put out a product in this category, because there is a real market for such a single purpose device.

  2. Unimagineable but true that Cisco makes a decision in 2009 to buy this company and decides to sell it in early 2011 – the decision makers that decided on this purchase need to be raked over burning coal and the idiots who decided to sell (I am sure they are the same buffoons) too need to be kicked out the door.
    The purge needs to start at the very top – John Chambers can go and campaign for Mitt Romney but I don’t want him near a company of which I am a shareholder (without any voice though, since who gives two shits to someone with 5 shares these days 🙂 )

  3. I’ve used phones, Flip cams, and the Kodak HD pocket cams. The form factor is terrible; it simply doesn’t work. The cameras are too light and small to get a steady image.

    Additionally, Flip never got around to adding a mic input to their cameras, which is the single reason the last time I needed a pocket camcorder, I bought the Kodak playsport.

    All the flip was good at was guaranteeing a shaky image and sub-par sound. They can blame Cisco all they want, but everything a flip can do, so can my phone, and I’m already carrying that so why would I want to carry yet another device?

    Working in digital video for 5 years now, I’ve long been looking for an easy, portable solution to on the go video, and had high hopes for the Flip (and its competitors). It simply doesn’t work, though, and, like dial up, was merely a workable interim solution while tech progressed to the next level. These days, my iPad shoots better video and has a more stable form factor for on-the-go recording. It also features in-device editing and wi-fi/3G for distribution.

    And, unlike Kaplan’s insistence to the contrary, I’ll have it with me even if I’m not planning on shooting, because it’s still useful. Phone + laptop is now phone + tablet, and as I pare down my gear bag, there’s no room for single purpose devices.

    1. Would you want to bring your phone/iPad out with you hiking, snowboarding, or anyplace outdoors to shoot video? Single purpose devices will always have a place for certain use-cases. Single-purpose vs. Multi-purpose devices always have trade-offs in terms of flexibility, price, usage, connectivity, form factor, ect.

  4. I love my Flip. Still the best and easiest to capture life on-the-go. Beneath each video clip, I could always get the high quality still frames exactly as it happened. Too may memories to list. I hope the Flip team goes out and builds another super cool Flip++

  5. We are seeing the quality of smartphone video technology improving and when combined with live social video applications such as Flixwagon, users find that they don’t need another device to share their experiences…

  6. This is spot on, plus a simple low cost device like the Flip is used for teaching kids, and in developing nations. Not so easy to hand out smartphones even if they do shoot good video. Cost per unit and the contract makes it impossible.

    As a long term flip blogger I set up a campaign and have had load of Flip fans commenting (including Cisco people) over at savetheflip.com

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