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The background to Psion, Palm & Symbian

Andrew Orlowski over at The Register has written a monumental series on the history and background to Psion. It really is compelling reading for anyone even slightly curious about the heritage of Symbian and developmental stages of Psion. In today’s fast-paced smartphone world, it is rather useful to take a bit of time out to […]

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361 degrees podcast – Episode 7: Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

  Listen! This week we reminisce about the devices we’ve owned and loved over the years. We highlight a few we think were real ‘market changers’, a few lemons and speculate about who might make the next game-changer. Rafe also lets slip the secret of his magic drawers. Amongst the devices we discuss this week are […]

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HP’s WebOS: 100m+ devices this year? Time to look at their platform…

First, the background. I remember being really excited by the introduction of Palm’s all new WebOS and the Palm Pre. At the time, I remember rating WebOS slightly higher than the bog-standard first edition of iOS. I remember Palm being a forced to be reckoned with. I remember when the ultra-geeks I knew were seriously […]

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HP’s new rock on the horizon – the Topaz

After the recent monstrosity that was the Slate, HP’s new attempt on the tablet market is the “Topaz”. The specs released recently (see this link) do not impress me to say the least, however there are certain interesting features. This device should have been released to the market yesterday, but instead it’s still in concept […]

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Palm Pre Power Button Failure: o2 says £117.50 to fix

I got this note in from Mark who’s having some trauma with o2 and Palm. Have a read… Hi Ewan, I have been a fan of Palm for many years starting back in 1996 with a US Robotics Palm 1000 and over the years have purchased many of their products. Through blind loyalty I even […]

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Would anyone like to buy Palm? Anyone? Hello…?

We’ve been rather forthright about Palm in recent months here at Mobile Industry Review. Indeed most recently, I posed the question Are we ready to declare the Palm Pre dead in the UK & Ireland. And so Bloomberg reports this morning that, well, yes, Palm is dead. Not just the Pre, but the company. Kaput. […]

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Mr Operator: Vindicated on the Palm Pre European Failure

I had a note in from Mr Operator — our super-high level mobile industry executive contributor. Here is what his email said: Saw your Palm Pre coverage, Ewan – Remember this? Mr Operator: Palm Pre – destined for European failure Heh. Mr O. That post he’s highlighted is a column he wrote published back in […]

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Are we ready to declare the Palm Pre dead in the UK & Ireland?

I’ve been reading and participating in the discussion that followed our post on Friday (“Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland“) and i was surprised not to have heard from the Palm Pre fans. Amongst the 250,000 strong audience there are fans, defenders (and often product managers!) of all manner of devices […]

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Palm Pre has apparently sold just 220 units in Ireland

You know things aren’t going too well for Palm when a heavyweight industry source gives you a call to say ‘you’ll never believe this’. I always have to steady myself just in case it’s something shocking. You know, like ‘Larry Page has just bought Vodafone — he reckons it’ll be quicker’. Today, though, the call […]

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The full UK Palm Pre review: webOS is where things get exciting

It’s been just over a week since I took loan of a Palm Pre, a device that bears the weight of Palm’s future success on its shoulders. Or so the story goes. And it’s far too good a story for most pundits not to have written, me included. The truth, of course, is a little […]

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First impressions of the UK Palm Pre: We like it!

Yesterday was the day of the pickup. I’d been instructed to meet a PR called Greg at a secret location in London’s Soho. Once there I’d receive a short briefing and handover of Palm’s much anticipated smartphone, the Palm Pre. The device goes on sale in the UK today exclusive to O2 and priced to […]

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Microsoft considering a Palm acquisition?

This is just rumour and speculation — but it’s one of those delicious what-ifs that keep the geeks chatting long into the night. Speculation that Palm will be scooped up by a well-capitalized tech company has intensified since the well-received release of the Palm Pre and the company’s new operating system, webOS. While most of […]