Palm’s chief Ed Colligan back in November (I wrote about this in my entry from 21 Nov 2007):
“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”
You can learn a lot about what someone is really thinking by the language they use. Looking at this quote again, I like how he says they’re working to make a decent phone. If you’re mindset is ‘decent’, then don’t expect to produce anything exceptional.
So it has come to be. You were very wrong Ed. As a faithful Treo user for 3 years, I hope you innovate the shit out of the Treo and give Apple some competition, until then, I’ll be enjoying my iPhone – next month, that is, when I actually try to buy it.
I know what some of you are thinking, and it can be summed up in this scene from Clerks:
Randal: I hope it feels good.
Customer: You hope what feels good?
Randal: I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?
Customer: Well this is the last time I ever rent here…
Randal: You’ll be missed.
Customer: Screw you!
[The customer storms out. Randal runs out into the street.]
Randal: Hey you’re not allowed to rent here anymore!
If you’re wondering, it does feel good to have known that the iPhone was going to be a hit.