14 thoughts on “Palm's last stand, with a bit of Elevation”

  1. Glad you said this. Sad stuff, really. But what I wonder is your final quote in regards to palm. I don’t think anyone who knows the gadgets would accuse them of technological innovation. Palm does well because of scale, mass purchases by corporate IT departments.

  2. Om-

    Pretty sure the sentence shouldn’t say:
    “…kike an aging diva….”. I am sure that you meant “…Like an aging diva…”

  3. After waiting for months for this device to arrive, I must confess that I openly wept because I saw Palm looking like an old athelete looking to return to fame well after their prime.

    I don’t want to remember Franco Harris in a Seahawk uniform. I don’t want to remember Hawkins with this Foleo….he was at his best with the Palm V

  4. Could not agree more with whatever has been said here. Palm needs change, if it’s not already too late. Foleo is not going to take off since it is a bad bad idea in the first place.

  5. “the world has moved on to prettier, shiner and sexier things.”

    Whether or not the Foleo is a failure is a question that only time can answer, but to write it off as a loser due to the fluctuating demands of tech-vanity is to give undo credibility to criteria that, in the interest of innovation, is fleeting at best.

  6. Don’t underestimate the potential for a real overhaul when new management is brought in, especially when it’s a Silicon Valley company with some strong pockets of engineering and marketing skills, and decent channel partners in the wireless telcos. The situation at Palm is not dissimilar to the one at Apple before Jobs returned (bringing Rubenstein and Tevanian with him); if anything, Palm has more market momentum and a more solid installed base now than Apple did at the time. They just need some new product, and not just the mini-lappie.

  7. They should have fired Ed Colligan 3 years ago. No drive or imagination on how to move Palm ahead.

    Instead it was a retrenchment attitude and an incredible loss in market share under his watch.

  8. It would be nice to take the sketching feature out of the Palm and put it into the iPhone or the Blackberry so you could transmit quick diagrams. Are there other features that could be cannibalized from the Palms?

  9. Hawkins doesn’t have an interesting title anymore (a year and a half ago he was CTO but isn’t for some reason anymore) but he certainly isn’t PALM’s Chairman.

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