At the CES in January, we met with HP and they told us an integrated unit was in the works. Today, PC Advisor out of the UK has a contrary report. A direct quote from the European VP will be quite disturbing to many of you.
We ve done extensive market research and come to the conclusion that consumers prefer a two-piece solution of mobile phone and PDA communicating via Bluetooth, said Antoine Barre, HP European vice president. The market isn t ready for sophisticated devices, although businesses are crying out for them in terms of manageability.
HP contends people really want a powerful PDA, with the ability to take a small Bluetooth phone with them at night or on the weekends. This report is sketchy though and the quote may or may not represent the rest of HP. Visit this link and start a little more than halfway down to see the rest, it’s a short report.
I really hope this guy is wrong. It’s not that I don’t agree with his comments, Pocket PC Phone Edition devices are very large. Especially when you put them side-by-side with a Kyocera 7135 or other similarly powered Palm OS device. So the argument that most people want separate devices may have merit given current device specs and sizes.
However, instead of giving up, why not innovate? This statement means HP is not willing to sacrifice things like screen size for a small, mobile, integrated device. But I think there’s a market for such a device. Even in our meeting with HP, they referenced a clamshell unit that would address many of the size issues.
Let me put it to you then. What does your perfect Pocket PC Phone look like and what features does it have?
Live From CES HP confirms release of PDA phone, news on h1910 and h5450 (1/11/2003 12:29:44 AM) – It s not clear which direction HP will take but they will either release a Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition at some point in the next six months or so. Their handheld team indicated the form factor will almost certainly be a clamshell design, which seems to be gathering quite a bit of steam lately.