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The iPhone (AAPL) and BlackBerry (RIMM) are about to get company from... Dell (DELL)?

The iPhone (AAPL) and BlackBerry (RIMM) are about to get company from... Dell (DELL)?
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  • Sentinel
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    Two words....

     

    So what?

     

    Dell already got their head handed to them when they stepped into the PDA space years ago.

     

    Ditto with mp3 players.

     

    The reason.....well....it will be the same reason why they will fail this time. They will be using Microsoft's Windows Mobile CE platform, the very same platform used for their failed PDA and mp3 player.

     

    Windows Mobile is a dying platform based on unit sales of PDA's and especially with Smartphones. Their year on year market share has continued to erode.

     

    Reasons.....it is a bad platform, buggy, non-intuitive and most importantly there is no unified application store behind it to drive the real profit center which is software sales.

     

    As far as Android.....there is potential there but once again....there is no real cohesion between the makers of the hardware, the OS, and the software/app providers.

     

    Finally Dell is simply the Wal-Mart of Tech. When I can go to Wal-Mart and buy an iPhone and get great customer service with Apple, have a great experience with great apps at Apples app store and still use iTunes just like my iPod.....well....Dell might as well not even try.

     

    If you need more proof, look at how Apple was nearly bankrupt before Steve Jobs came back and Michael Dell said in an interview that the best thing Apple couild do was to liquidate and give the money back to the shareholders.

     

    Steve comes back and ten years later, Apple rules. Dell leaves Dell, Dell goes to hell, Dell comes back and Apple still could buy Dell and liquidate it to give Dell's shareholders some much needed money.

     

    Maybe Michael Dell could use his upcoming Smartphone to call a clue.
    30 Jan 2009, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • Jake Huneycutt
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    Dell seems to be completely lost these days. The quality of their computers has declined dramatically over the past five years, competitors offer lower cost options, the computer industry is being commoditized and Dell no longer has any distinct advantage, they have a mountain of debt that could come back to haunt them if their cash flows fall off, and they keep making boneheaded moves with new products that are doomed for failure. This just seems like another desperation move.
    30 Jan 2009, 09:03 AM Reply Like
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