D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

The Next Phase of Mobile Development

Monday, April 9, 2007 2:52 PM

Chris posted on his blog about the demise of the Axim PPC line. Interestingly enough, when you look at the types of devices entering the Windows Mobile marketplace there are two distinct lines forming: communication enabled devices and rugged devices.

Take a look at the list of Mobile devices on Microsoft's site. Only 4 of them (one being the cancelled Axim) are wife-wants-to-electronically-create-a-shopping-list grade, while the others are "rugged" or specialied to fit a certain environment.

Compare that with the Smartphone and PPC Phone listing, and you find 10 listed on the main page...but you can search by carrier, country, etc. to locate even more.

I remember going to Grand Forks, ND last Summer. I was so stoked to go to Best Buy in the states because they obviously would have a greater selection of electronics than what the Canadian counterparts received! I strutted into the store, and looked around for the PPC's. I couldn't find any. I finally asked one of the employees where they all were, and he led me to a back corner of the store where they had 3 Palm Tungsten devices...and that's it! I asked him why there were so few, and he said the statement that really serves as the death sentence for the general-use PPC: "Nobody buys them because for the same price they can get a laptop."

This of course is just a natural movement: people will be willing to pay high prices for devices that have the greatest use, but would find it hard to justify paying $500 or $600 for a device when they could buy a low-end (but still aptly powered) laptop for the same price.



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At least said laptops are getting smaller. Even pocket-sized! (Sony UX280P, OQO, FlipStart)

BTW, I thought Canada got about the same kind of great stuff as found in the states. Which means we both pale in comparison to the great stuff they've got over in Singapore and Japan! (A warmed toilet seat that sings to you? Five different brands to choose from even? And it costs more than my laptop did? Now that's something!) 4/9/2007 11:18 PM | Lorin Thwaits

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Another reason PDAs are dead is that we can get smartphones down here for practically nothing. Why would I buy a PDA when I can get a Treo or one of the various flavors of windows mobile for under $100? 4/10/2007 1:15 AM | Jer

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Lorin: We get somewhat the same sort of stuff, but it seems to take longer to make its way up here. For instance, our cell phone carriers aren't even close to providing the breadth of Mobile 5.0 devices that you guys have in the states. Most people that I know just purchase unlocked phones off of E-Bay because they know that the devices they really want will never see the light of day up here (like i-Mates for example).

Jer: Under 100 for a Treo?! That's with a 3 year plan though right? But valid point, yes - it doesn't make sense to buy a non-communication enabled PDA anymore...although, wit that said, I did get my wife a Palm Tungsten for Christmas and she loves it...doesn't need the wireless or cellular functionality...but for the majority (read: those that aren't wives using their devices for shopping lists and games), I agree that it doesn't make sense.

D 4/10/2007 7:04 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

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