Tablet PCs are a mess – its official

From the ‘I told you so’ school of journalism. A while ago on AlwaysOn Network I wrote about the limited appeal of Tablet PCs and many disagreed with me. Now The Register have posted comments from an Acer spokesperson talking about the fact that the concept is years ahead of acceptance in the marketplace (that’s saving face speak for commercial disaster). Acer is trying to bring this to fruition by trying to cull the cost of a TabletPC right down

The business case for the tablet PC will be even harder prove when devices like the  OQO  handheld PC come out and more of the PDA market moves towards smartphones. Although the move towards smartphones I think is more to do with telecoms operators subsidising handsets rather than the wisdom of an all-in-one device – but thats another discussion all together.

Dating with Blackberries

Dating with Blackberries as a news story gives you an idea of how RIM’s Blackberry device is part of the zeitgeist. The New York Times ran an article in its fashion section about how wonks (thats people like Rob Lowe and Co. in the West Wing for all our non US readers) meet prospective partners. They are now taking advantage of the ubiquitous nature of RIM Blackberries (email pagers) in Washington to flirt and organise dates. Some funny bits in the article about ill-thought out drunken emails sent via the Blackberry. The article makes the sex-starved staffers of Bush’s neo-puritan regime sound more like Jimmy Swaggart than Billy Graham.

Reminds me of when I worked on the Palm PR account, one of the cringeworthy gimmicks we had was a spoof ‘Gaydar’ application for Valentines day.

Why doesn’t invent some useful dating technology instead to get you over when the conversation becomes awkward, stilted or a bigger effort than bench pressing a truck axle?

Speculation on 3UK

After the hastily denied speculation in the city that Hutchison was going to pull out of the UK mobile market by closing down 3 Totaltelecom magazine has published research figures from Capgemini in its leader article this month that indicate almost three quarters of 3 customers will leave when their contract is up. The full article can be read here (subscription is required).

I am not surprised. While 3 has addressed the issue of appalling handsets with new models from Nokia and LG, it still lacks:

– a killer application, a reason to chose 3 over its competitors

– an open IP gateway to allow people to pick up email and surf the web

– a WAP gateway to allow people to get information on the go

– decent network performance (though this is improving)

– the ability to transfer calls from cell to cell (the calls often cut out when you are speeding along in a car or train)

– compelling content, using a free trial I found no decent ringtones and a poor selection of wallpapers for the phone

– Decent customer service. When I emailed 3 to highlight my concerns abou the service I received a reply to say that I could not compare the service to 2G rivals as this was new technology. Bottom line is I want a mobile phone that works, how they do it is their problem

I have posted on AlwaysOn about this subject (registration required to view)