Palm CEO Ed Colligan on the news of Apple’s iPhone (found via macnn):
“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 may be right Ed, but then again, you may be wrong.
It’s also wrong to assume Apple is just ‘walking in’. They’re walking in with more than a phone. If you do a search for any of the articles published about the iPod in 2001-2002, you’ll see that all the critics were underwhelmed at it as well, and brushed it aside.
It’s fun, as I re-read Ed Colligan’s quote, I see something different with my special Bullshit Decoder Ring:
“We’ve worked our asses for a few years here figuring out how to make a Treo that doesn’t have to be replaced 3 times,” he said. “Apple is not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just take our shit away from us. Over my dead body.”