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Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention

Here is an open letter to Palm written by Engadget via Digg. After hearing that Steve Jobs is an avid gizmodo reader one hopes that the Palm execs (or their administrative assistants) read the tech news as well as this letter is spreading like wildfire through the tech community.

The gist: Engadget has done, I feel, a wonderful job of summarizing Palm's victories in bringing useful and innovative products to market only to lose touch with what people want today. The company is still a favorite of many of us but seems like it is dooming itself to a slow and painful death while competitors slowly but steadily take the very market away that Palm invented.

treo getting left in the dust by it's competitors

Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on August 21, 2007 3:20 PM

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So, so true.
Just like Apple really, before the success with the iMac and the iPod, many predicted the death of Apple in 98/99... but look at 'em now! :)

But I can't see if Palm is going the same way....

Posted by: Jonas at August 24, 2007 6:16 AM

It looks like Apple Insider has officially passed the mac users torch from the Treo to the iPhone...

Posted by: Aaron R. Deutsch at August 30, 2007 1:29 AM

And now the TreoNauts have also jumped on the hogpileagainst Palm's mediocrity, though there was apparently a response from the CEO of Palm stating his team's commitment to our needs.

Though the Palm Linux is hardly speculation at this point (though whether it's their own or Access' is, as well as if it will ever see the light of day) each set of screen shots seem to suggest that we're simply in for just another evolutionary step.

This could be really interesting nonetheless as you could still have two main competitors in this niche:
- Apple with a hackable unix phone (that will still have the best form factor and interface)
- Palm with an openly open linux phone with physical buttons (that will set off a possibly larger wave of innovation that would only be slowed by Apple's actual interface patents)

Posted by: Aaron R. Deutsch at August 31, 2007 11:29 AM

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