Registered: Jan 2000
quote: Toby has covered the first part, but I will note that Sony's first device was targeted at the low end market and quite successful. Sony's main weakness is internal incompatibility: you can't buy peripherals for a lot of Clie' models because they have different hotsync ports.
Originally posted by Madkins007
If HS was doing OK, then why did Sony become #2 in this market? Personally, I think that if Palm did not have the low-end pretty much locked up then Sony might be #1 by now.
quote: Setting aside the question of whether that's true, they bought the *option* of buying a module. For a long time (possibly still) most Palm users didn't download any software, they still bought the option of doing so, and the ones that do have been more than enough to make the Palm software market 10 times the size of the Pocket PC one.
If HS's expandability was THE main innovation, why did most users never buy a module?
quote: Until Donna Dubinsky revealed that they were dropping the Visor, people were buying more Visors than Sonys. the drop in market share, as Toby points out, came later... causes do not come after effects, effects come after causes.
My main question here is exactly who abandoned who? HS is just responding to the real market out there- the market where almost no one buys modules, where fewer and fewer proportioanlly are buying PDAs at all- and those that do are buying cheap Palms or color Sonys.
quote: Developing new markets does not imply abandoning old ones. Putting all your eggs in one basket, whether it's the Visor or the Treo, is just asking for the foulup fairy to wave her wand and turn all your golden eggs into rotten apples.
I hope HS thrives... but it is pretty obvious that they will not do so if they do not develop new markets- and that is exactly what they are trying to do.
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