I still have my Palm IIIxe--my first personal digital assistant (PDA). It's larger form and B&W screen may seem ancient by today's standards, but it was once the best of its kind. So was the Palm Treo. It was once considered the best converged PDA and cell phone on the market.
How the mighty have fallen. It seems such a shame. Palm did such wonderful things. In fact, today's Blackberries, G-phone, and iPhones stand on the shoulders of Palm.
Just when I thought this might be the epitaph to a once great technology company comes word that they aren't dead yet. It seems that with a bevy of former Apple engineers and other tech gurus that Palm may have one last hurrah that will make or break the company.
Palm is betting it all on their NOVA operating system to power a new line of phones that will, according to Palm, fall between the business-oriented Blackberries and Apple's "fun-oriented" iPhone.
Despite the hype, Google's gPhone is a modest success at best; not bad for a first attempt. However, with Palm's track record of innovation, I'm not counting them out yet. The NOVA smartphones are due to be unveiled in a couple weeks at the 2009 Consumer Electronic Show.
I'm not willing to part with my iPhone, but I am willing to bet it just might be a late Christmas at Palm this year!