Gateway Puts the Breaks on Their 100X Pocket PC

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What a terrible idea it was for Gateway to announce a PDA with the specs of the 100X. The only thing that has saved Gateway s reputation, in the PDA world, is their decision to not release the unit. Their official statement claims that delays have forced them to miss the critical holiday shopping season, but it seems apparent that even if the device was released in July as originally scheduled, it would have floundered.

Gateway has now twice missed their launch date and there is no promise that they ll release a PDA in the future, although that event does appear likely. Gateway has made it clear that their brand strategy is going to be much like HP s in that they want to broaden the scope of electronics with the Gateway logo on them. Given the success that Dell has had with the Axim, it must be burning Gateway up that they don t have a dog in the fight.

The 100X was destined to fail from the onset. The design was big and ugly, and the specs broke no new ground, especially at the $350 price point. Their only hope was to lure consumers who liked the idea of a PDA with branding that matched their PC. Maybe we ll see Gateway take another swing in 2004. I hope they do. They made the right decision to shelve this effort, it would have been a terrible failure. Hopefully the next one packs a bit more punch, a better design and a less amateurish name.

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CNET – Gateway Puts Handheld on Hold

Gateway 100X Pocket PC Delayed (7/23/2003 5:38:49 PM) – Gateway, who will release an mid-range PDA in a few weeks, has pushed back the release of the 100X due to quality assurance issues. Initially it was scheduled for release in mid-July, it’s now slated for mid-August.


More Pictures Surface of the Gateway 100X (6/25/2003 11:09:56 PM) – A French site has been able to gather four more pictures of the new Gateway 100X Pocket PC in action. It still looks like they tried really hard to make it sleek and sexy, but succeeded in neither.



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