30 thoughts on “Why Motorola should buy Palm”

  1. What about Cisco? Your point about Motorola wanting to make themselves more business-friendly is fair, but could equally be used to argue that Palm would be a far better fit for Cisco. Given everything it’s trying to do with unified communications and the scores of IP phones, it just doesn’t make sense that Cisco doesn’t do its own mobile phones. Palm is the easiest and most credible way to fix that.

  2. Yeah, I feel the same way about Palm OS as I did about Mac OS 9 right before OS X came out: it’s long in the tooth and a bit prehistoric but it’s still the most elegant thing out there.

  3. Phil,

    when you compare her with britney spears….. it is perception issue don’t you think.

    those celeb magazines are the only joy that is left …. please don’t take that away from me…. please please

  4. Tim,

    I think the whole handset business is becoming one of scale, and that is why it doesn’t make sense for cisco to jump in.

    secondly, i think they do have their hands full with the wifi and all sorts of other devices they are selling, new deals and what note. my two cents, but then i have been wrong before – many times.

  5. Don’t forget the other problem Ed Zander has right now, Carl Icahn. One way to get rid of the cash is by going on an acquisition spending spree. With less cash on the books, maybe Icahn goes away…..

  6. Maybe Ed Zander read your post Om! That must have given him the urgency to cancel his speech. Ironically, the CEO of RIM will be replacing him as the keynote speaker…

  7. What does moto get out of PALM?

    A cool sms app. A dead os like frankengarnet, and touch screen phone/UI expertise.

    With the arrival of iphone, I think any UI expertise would be valuable especially for Moto of all people. Moto can try to add the palm UI to its mobile linux team to finally launch the next palm os …

    Relying on Windows Mobile in the smart phone space as Moto does is a strategy fraught with danger.

  8. In your list of Motorola OS’s you fail to mention that their soon to be released Rizr Z8 is a Symbian device running UIQ. So they are definitely keeping their fingers in every OS pie possible. Personally I can’t see why Motorola or Nokia would want Palm unless its for the brand.

  9. Poor old Palm. Once considered a market leader they have not kept pace and fallen behind. I’m surprised they have lasted this long.

  10. Om,
    although you alluded to it in a general way, Palm already has an inside track with corporate IT, via it’s earlier relatyionship with IBM’s Thinkpad division, which marketed and sold Palm III devices.
    And even more interesting alliance would be between Palm and Lenovo (which in addition to ThinkPad and Lenovo portables, also has a solid position in gteh cell phone market.
    You’re dead on about the Palm interface on smart phones being outstanding. I can only hope that it gets better. I have found most Pocket PC phones to be to encumbered by features that just get in the way of a cell phone.

    Great post, OM.

    Jim Forbes in Escondido

  11. Whomever buys Palm will be sorry they did in the end. The Palm OS as a viable platform for growth in mobile is finished. Talk to anyone selling mobile apps and they’ll tell you Windows Mobile is where the growth and sales are at today, with BlackBerry [ugh] making a strong push of late. I’m not a fan of WinMob, but the facts speak for themselves…

  12. I’m really still waiting for the complete computing package that works (and have been for like 10 years).

    I’m liking where this is going – though I’m not sure if the Google phone won’t eclipse it.

    QWERTY keyboard, good solid OS, apps, sync., email, phone… it’s all finally coming together but what will Motorola do with it? Will they really market it as an alternative to the Blackberry or will it be a flash in the pan and if numbers don’t go to the moon instantly it’ll simply be left to rot…

  13. Your article seems to make sense in that they really can’t stand on their own anymore and companies like Motorola do need to look at that part of the market. I think that if the handset makers can get the prices for data plan packages down, they could sell a lot more hybrid devices. I recently added the data plan to my cincular phone (I had read in many places that it is $19.99) for $29.99 a month. My regular minutes plan was only $39.99 a month so my bill has almost doubled….but of course I’m hooked and can’t go back.


  14. Did we forget that Motorola bought Symbol Technologies? Symbol offers both Palm (for a limited time) and Mobile 2005 devices. Wait until Motorola/Symbol release the previously designed Symbol MC35. Google it.

    This article is nonsense. Someone didn’t do their homework.

  15. oh, please, no Palm @ Nokia… we have already bunch of brain-dead symbianoids here, and now you push another “technology” into our garage 🙁

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  17. Interestingly, UIQ in its latest form on a Sony Ericsson P990i is a let down to say the least; SE has lost pole position as the smartphone of choice in the UK.

    A painfully slow and confusing Symbian UIQ OS has cost Sony Ericsson its smartphone crown – well at least here in the UK.

    So if Motorola and Palm can do a better job then good luck to them.

  18. Uh, Palm isn’t worth buying, not even for nothing.
    The company has been dying for years, and because its lack of innovation. Their features are 2 years behind the curve (no Treo with WiFi; bluetooth profiles) and price/performance even worse.

    PalmOS isn’t under their control, and, at any rate, the OS & Apps haven’t appreciably advanced for years.
    There are no 3d-licensees any more; they’ve all dropped out. Palm hasn’t even licensed Cobalt, the newest version.

    The models are unreliable, and have been so since the excellent Palm Vx. Motorola already has pretty good Linux platforms (incl. stuff like chinese handwriting recognition); the Palm touchscreen isn’t the optimal one for one-handed phone use.

    They don’t have a solution for 3G support, which rules out most of the world; not that they have any presence outside North America anyway.

    Maybe they have a nicer customization of Windows Mobile — so why buy the company, just hire the 20 repsonsible engineers.

    Phone platforms are consolidating. As pointed out, all the major players have their own. Who needs Palm?

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