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March 22, 2007



Well, that's why I don't see Nokia as a good fit for Palm. Nokia is on the Symbian bandwagon and all their PDA devices use some version of it. Palm OS is a proprietary operating system so I don't see Nokia investing money into buying Palm if Palm devices can't run the Symbian OS. But they might just buy Palm just so that Motorola doesn't.

But even if the devices were able to run Symbian the traditional Palm OS fans might not be on board. Symbian, in terms of complexity to use, is somewhere between Palm and Windows Mobile. In my experience, Symbian is a much more efficient and stable OS than Windows Mobile. The problem with Symbian is that there aren't as many business apps as there are for Windows Mobile. I don't mean those freebies - I mean apps by line of business vendors that integrate enterprise applications with mobilily.

The Symbol product line is centered around wifi and proprietary handsets and has significant market share in the retail/distribution markets. You're right - Nokia doesn't have a similar product but traditionally, Nokia has been a consumer company rather than business to business.

By adding the Palm product line Motorola gains instant access to the corporate customers that have switched or choose to use Treos instead of BlackBerries. And that, I think, is a key win/win.

We'll see. It will certainly be interesting.

Graham Chastney

I'm not sure you are right. I think Nokia have more to gain than Motorola. Motorola already have Symbol, Nokia doesn't.

The challenge for both organisations is the software, that's where it is slightly easier for Motorola, they already know about the Microsoft Operating Systems, whereas Nokia would have to get to know Microsoft OS and the Palm OS.

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