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Monday, 28.08.06
THOUGHT: Why no Office Suite for Windows Mobile Smartphone? [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 08:03 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Notes: Well folks, this is my first Thought since announcing our new unwired::cast, and as promised you can scroll down to the bottom of the article and download it in audio format for your listening pleasure. Also, because of the confusion over the word "smartphone", as it can refer both to all mobile devices that have an extensible OS and to the specific Windows Mobile smartphone edition, I will use the term WM smarthphone to distinguish the latter.

One of the amazing things about smartphones is that you are carrying around what is for the most part a fully featured and powerful computer in a phone sized device. Unfortunately for me, there are still things that a 15 year old computer can do that my smartphone can't, despite the fact that it has a more powerful processor, more RAM and more memory than any 15 year old computer. Probably the thing lacking that bothers me the most is the fact that there is no office suite for Windows Mobile smartphone edition devices.

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Saturday, 19.08.06
THOUGHT: Why is Symbian failing in the United States? [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 01:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No one has benefited more from the rapid growth of the smartphone market worldwide than Symbian. The OS currently holds over 70% of global market share for smartphones. Most smartphone consumers living in the United States though would be shocked by that number. Very simply, in the stores, on a daily basis, you don't see Symbian smartphones.

Of the four major U.S. carriers, only Cingular carries any Symbian smartphones (2). In contrast there are 10 Windows Mobile smartphones offered by all 4 carriers, and more on the way soon. As an aficionado of mobile technology, and one who is often impressed by the features offered in the latest generation of Symbian smartphones, I have to ask myself why is this the case? Why is Symbian failing in the U.S.?

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Thursday, 17.08.06
INITIAL INPUT: Two steps back for Windows Mobile still?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 21:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Is Microsoft sitting on its laurels? This is a question I wish to bring up to all you Windows Mobile users out there. I have been a long time Windows Mobile with experiences dating back to the time it was called Windows CE Palm-size PCs.

Over the years and every OS version update, things have been added and things have been discarded. Sometimes you think about it and you figure out that your older device actually does more than what you are using now. Why give up things which set you apart from the rest of the mobile devices in the fast paced progression of the mobile device industry?

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Friday, 11.08.06
THOUGHT: What would an iPhone mean?
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 11:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, with a slow news day descending upon us I thought this would be a good chance to get some ideas I've been having out there. This was sparked by today's latest wild rumor about an Apple iPhone. Apple has been rumored to be developing some kind of mobile device for quite awhile now, and with the seeming inevitable movement of the market towards converged devices and the success of Sony's Walkman phone line it seems to be more a question of "when" rather than "if" Apple will release a phone.

Which brings us to the question I proposed in the title of this piece, what would an iPhone mean? Specifically, I wonder what kind of feature set it would carry and what it's position in the market would be. Would an iPhone simply be a an iPod with a cellular radio included? Or Would it be more like the ROKR or SLVR phones that are simply a regular phone with iTunes added? Which brings up the question of whether Apple would go the feature phone route (a la the aforementioned Walkman line) or instead try and turn the iPhone into a fully fledged smartphone.

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