Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Palm Pre finally arrived today

June 6, 2009

Palm launched its smart phone Pre today (June 6, 2009)

Alfred Rodriguez, 37, is perhaps the first person to get Palm Pre in Manhattan area.

With full touch (comparable if not better than Apple iPhone), better display, QWERTY keyboard and an elegant design this CDMA phone is tied to Sprint and sold only in USA. For $ 199 it is a great phone. In addition to hardware innovation, its software innovation (webOS and cloud computing for “sync”ing data) makes Pal Pre truly special.

A design team led by Micehelle Koh and her hand-picked designers led the user interface; Jonathan Rubinstein who was heading Apple Engineering division and credited with Apple iPod is the CEO of Palm today.

iSuppli expects Palm to see 1+ million phones in 2009; it will be higher if they can release a GSM version, open up WebOS and start an App Store (the way Apple and BlackBerry have done)

Palm is attempting Palm Pre to serve BOTH home users (Apple iPhone’s forte) and business users  (BlackBerry’s forte); we have to wait; whether it will be successful in meeting this goal or fail miserably to meet either of the segments will be known only over time.

Palm created PDA / PIM through Palm Pilot; Apple tried with Newton and failed!

With 26 million BlackBerrys and 21 million Apple iPhones around Palm will have to face severe competition. Apple & Palm competing firecely is good news for the consumers. 

Of course in the past few years, Palm was written off with shares coming down from a huge $ 650 in 2000 to nearly $ 3 in 2008. It is trading at $ 16 today.

It is an exciting week; Google announced 18 phone models powered by Android last Saturday; Nokia launched N 97 yesterday; today is Palm Pre; On June 8, 2009 (Monday) Apple in its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2009) is likely to announce some new iPhone; BlackBerry is planning something next week. So Mobile Summer is hot indeed!

Apple results bring some cheers for IT industry

April 22, 2009

With IBM talking of 11% reduction in top line, Intel and Nokia talking of 70+ reduction in quarterly profits there was general gloom in the industry. Indian IT services majors Infosys, Wipro, TCS have posted very modest growth and their guidance is very mooted. Against such background it is nice to see Apple talking of increase in top line from 7.51 billion to $ 8.16 billion and bottom line increasing from $1.05 to $ 1.21 billion for the JFM 2009 quarter.

Apple sold 2.22 million iMac computers, 11.01 million iPods and 3.79 million iPhones in the quarter. Interestingly, Apple is as much a phone company, entertainment electronics company and a computer company!

Apple quarterly revenue crosses $ 10 billion!

January 23, 2009

Apple announced the results for the 4th quarter on January 21, 2009; it did bring the much-needed cheer to the markets.

IBM, HP are the other two companies who cheered the market with good results (with so much of bad news from GE, Intel, SONY, Sun and many others).

Apple results were spectacular; quarterly sales of $ 10.7 billion and profit of $ 1.6 billion arising out of sales of

  1. 22,727,000 iPods,
  2. 4,363,000 iPhones, and,
  3. 2,524,000 Macs

coming as it does amidst market melt-down it is definitely special. It is also the first time that Apple quarterly sales exceeded $ 10 billion ever.

For decades (until early 80’s) IBM was the only company with annual sales exceeding $ 10 billion; every one else used to trail way behind IBM, till DEC (now part of HP) crossed $ 10 billion; in the past two decades Compaq, Dell grew fast enough to cross annual sales of $ 40 billion. In the meantime IBM and HP grew to $ 100+ billion companies thanks to the booming IT.

Apple had been an admired company but relatively small in size. By their presence (that too in a leading way) across

  • computing (Macs),
  • communications (iPhone), and,
  • consumer electronics (iPod)

Apple is benefiting from the convergence of these three key industries. No other leader has been able to benefit from all these three.

HP & IBM are great computer companies but they have no presence in consumer electronics; Sony is a tall leader in consumer electronics but struggles in communications and computer markets; Nokia is a leader in communications, but has little presence in computing or consumer electronics; Samsung is another company to watch.

One hopes that one day an Indian company gets inspired by Apple

iPhone – the “most exciting” and the “most disappointing” gadget of the year 2008

January 1, 2009

Apple iPhone 3G that was launched in USA on July 22, 2008 interestingly is the most exciting gadget. The screen readability, intuitive, yet powerful rendering on the screen of even basic functions like e-mail and SMS is stunning. The “touch interface” is marvelous to browse web sites; of course, Safari browser adds to iPhone attractions. 90% of my mobile computing needs are met by iPhone 3G.

 

However, as a heavy weight user of Mobile phone, I am far from satisfied. Battery life lasts not even for a full single day; also we do not have the luxury of borrowing neighbor’s charger (a luxury I enjoy for 10 years with my every Nokia phone). Every time I go to another place, iPhone must be cajoled to find the service provider; my Nokia phones do it instantly. If I send SMS to 10 of my students my phone is gone for 10 minutes; I do not even get a ‘delivery repot’!

 

Funny it may appear, but the truth is Apple iPhone is the best mobile computer and an “also ran” mobile phone; may be good enough for Americans who never had great phones!

Nokia launches 5800 xPress Music phone “Tube”

October 2, 2008

At 5 PM London time on October 2, 2008 (incidentally, birthday of Mahatma Gandhi) Nokia formally launched the “much awaited” handset “Tube” that media has been writing as “iPhone Killer”.

By taking a very different approach, Nokia managed to play the “leadership game” of setting the bench mark than do a “catch up” act.

First, Nokia  “Tube” is a music phone; it is “also” a touch phone; it does NOT attempt a copycat iPhone;

Second, by pricing at neary half the iPhone and Google G1 (Nokia “Tube” will cost about $ 300 with no service provoder lock-in; iPhone costs $ 199 with AT&T lock-in; Google phone costs $ 179 but adding the cost of 8 GB flash makes it far higher in price), Nokia “Tube” will have a much larger user base

Third Nokia “tube” offers touch, T9 and hand-writing recognition (for 60 languages); while it lacks “multi-touch” Apple iPhone appeal, it has taken “touch” to a different level

With excelent video support (recording and play back), 3.2 meg camera with flash, 3.2″ screen with 360X640 resolution, 16 million colors, surround sound, much larger volume bulit-in speakers and standard audio jack, in terms of multimedia Nokia “Tube” is far better than iPhone or Google Phone or even other models from LG & HTC 

Fifth, Nokia “Tube” supports 4 GSM frequencies and 2 HSDPA, making a global phone

By suporting Adobe “flash”, Nokia “tube” will provide better browsing for any site (not those that are optimized for non-flash support as many iPhone supporting sites have done)

By supporting WMA, Nokia  “Tube” has wider reach of media in addition to Nokia’s own store; by signing up with 4 labels (Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner) the music base is much larger too

Finaly, it has “copy / paste” too!

By announcing “Comes With Music” service, Nokia has given a new twist to the competition.

After all what else one can expect from a leader who sells music phones alone at million pieces a month and 300 million phones a year, compared to HTC talking of 4 million G1 phone sales by end 2009 and Apple setting 10 million goal for year end

Mobile handsets scene continues to be exciting

 

In summary Apple iPhone has fantastic features and attempts to attract anyone with those compelling features

Google G1 appeals with “open” philosophy (though the phone does not synch with anything beyond GMail, not even with desktop machines Mac or PC) and appeals to Geeks

Nokia clearly targets youth around the world (there was specific mention of India, something music to my ears) and delivers something that youngsters would love – a clear winning strategy

Apple launches iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 software

June 10, 2008

The January 9, 2008 launch of Apple iPhone 3G is a turning point in the mobile handset evolution. With 3G speeds (at least double of EDGE), added ffeatures (GPS, Search), SDK (Software Development Kit), affordable price ($ 199 for 8GB model), reach (70 countries including India) and “AppStore” for third party applications, iPhone will “democratize” smart phones and elevate iPhone into a platform that will generate a huge eco-system for the converged (computing, communication, entertainment and gaming) market the way IBM PC did in 80’s for “computing”.

 

Though Apple iPhone sale of 6 million is insignificant compared to Nokia’s 400+ million, iPhone may be able to bring a level of focus to the fragmented market today that has vendor specific interface, operating system and services (often proprietary) forcing third party application developers to work with every major vendor (Motorola, Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericsson’s) separately.

iPhone will also push 3G into mainstream, particularly in USA and India; WiMax might suffer in the process

The next few years will be interesting to watch the shape mobile handsets take