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Back in the day I question the validity of Treo as a mobile platform. The sales showed that Palm OS based Treo never really got the traction of rival smart phone platforms like Symbian. Russell Beattie, has come to the same conclusion and says that instead […]

Back in the day I question the validity of Treo as a mobile platform. The sales showed that Palm OS based Treo never really got the traction of rival smart phone platforms like Symbian. Russell Beattie, has come to the same conclusion and says that instead of celebrating the million Treo mark, the company should have kept quiet.

“Treo 600 was launched in September 2003, so it’s taken them roughly 20 months to sell a million units, which works out to about 50,000 Treos sold a month. That’s pretty pathetic. Keep in mind there were roughly 675 million mobile phones sold last year worldwide, including 14.38 million Symbian phones (and 6.67m in 2003). Palm’s numbers aren’t just anemic compared to this, they’re statistically nonexistant. It’s official: Palm (One/Source) is completely irrelevant in the mobile market.”

What he doesn’t say is that Silicon Valley has often touted Treo as a symbol of its wireless savvy. Treo is a fantastic connected PDA, not a smart phone. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. That’s not saying much! Remind me never to get on the wrong side of Russell.

By Om Malik

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  1. Russell Beattie can shout about Symbian until he’s blue in the face. It doesn’t change the fact that Symbian smartphones are still stupid for email without full keyboards on the phone itself.

    A Nokia Series 60 smartphone with a full keyboard, or even one of those Blackberry 7100-style keypads, could kill the Treo within two years. So what’s Nokia waiting for?

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  2. i believe that something like that is in the works. i like the nokia 9300 as well. it works fantastically and is pretty good with email. of course you can disagree on that one. i think the treo is a good solution for the near term.

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  3. Om: how do you distinguish between a “connnected PDA” and a “smart phone” if both are supposed to have similar form factors and do pretty much the same things?

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  4. Charlie Sierra Wednesday, April 20, 2005

    The great thing about the Treo is that the carriers have yet to cripple the programming API, so the subscriber has at least a modicum of control of their own device.

    Whats really dangerous about the future is QCOM’s BREW platform. It costs about $3000 per test to publish an application on that platform, which of course is bullshit.

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  5. i agree with you charlie. but symbian is like that as well. brew is to print money – like microsoft. funny the blog world did not pick up on that one

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