Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention

by Volker Weber

Excellent open letter on Engadget:

Dear Palm,

Man, what a crazy year, right? We know things haven't really been going your way lately, but we want you to know that we haven't given up on you, even though it might seem like the only smartphone anyone wants to talk about these days is the iPhone. It can be hard to remember right now, but you used to be a company we looked to for innovation. You guys got handhelds right when everyone else, including Apple, was struggling to figure it out. And it was the little things that made those early Palm Pilots great -- you could tell that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to think about what made for a great mobile experience, like how many (or rather, few) steps it took to perform common tasks.

The problem is that lately we haven't seen anything too impressive out of you guys.

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Amen to that.

Armin Auth, 2007-08-22


I am still keeping my Tungsten because it has this really simple interface, but Palm sure is making it difficult... I need another software to sync to Notes, it does not sync with the Mac well, and the hardware quality is just no comparison with the older models. My girlfriend still has a Vx, and it is built like a brick shithouse, with a nice leather cover which still is there. My pseudo-leather flimsy cover selfdestructed after 3 months of use, and the screen emits this weezy pinging sound.

Or do you guys know of a PDA which syncs well with notes, has a really simple user interface, and does not need to be topped up battery wise every two days?


Andrew Magerman, 2007-08-22


Lars Berntrop-Bos, 2007-08-22

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