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The Dell Cell

5:40 PM -- Yeah, yeah, there are so many rumors about a smartphone coming from Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL).

Here's what I don't get, however: Who exactly is excited by the prospect of a smartphone from one of the world's more vanilla PC makers?

I mean it was easy to understand the interest around Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG). Both companies had track records of interesting ideas about user interfaces and no small amount of design flair. In other words, they had something new to bring to the cellphone market.

Is that really the case with Dell? Maybe I'm being curmudgeonly, but I just don't see it.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:06:33 PM
re: The Dell Cell

- another OS in the market would be a clutter


- Cisco is known to be proprietary in their OS


- the first opportunity for Cisco to breakfree and adopt Open Source


- End devices will be the key, as customers demand that they be intelligent


- Their Linksys acquisition could add value here bringing out gizmos, gadgets and smartphones.

menexis 12/5/2012 | 4:06:35 PM
re: The Dell Cell

In this case I think Cisco would need to innovate and build thier own OS to make a smartphone instead of jumping on one. If they don't do that, they will not make a name for themselves in the smartphone market.

vsomanv 12/5/2012 | 4:06:40 PM
re: The Dell Cell The Cisco would love to run their smartphone on Android and be contemporary. And not have an IOS or XOS running on it ... Smartphones could one day become mobile routers and talk to each other before latching on to tower. That could be the technology years down the line. Telecom in 2025 at Telephonyonline.co m
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 4:06:42 PM
re: The Dell Cell

Just speculating... What OS would Cisco use to make a smartphone?

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:06:58 PM
re: The Dell Cell

I don't think Dell's going to innovate with a fresh form factor, so you have a point there. But theirs is a business of manufacturing prowess and custom hardware would be really appealing.


Also, MSFT must know this: A Nokia NSeries is not the easiest thing in the world to use. Most consumers still want their data accessible on a PC and available on a phone and a Windows platform still gives Dell more reach to more PCs than Apple or anyone else has right now.


Figuring out how to exploit those strengths would give Dell a shot. Buying Palm would give them a headache.


ph


 

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:07:01 PM
re: The Dell Cell

1) They should not buy Palm. They're entrenched with MSFT and should work with MSFT to come up with a platform that really showcases the best of what Windows Mobile can offer. That would give them an integration story, too. ('Look, my phone works with my PC!')


2) Once they figure out a base configuration for a Dell-MSFT smartphone, Dell should offer custom-built smartphones. This is what made them so famous in the PC world: Start with a basic order, then add components to improve speed, memory, storage, etc. These phones are just tiny PCs anyway, how hard could it be?


ph


 

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:07:01 PM
re: The Dell Cell

Gotta agree with Dan -- what innovation could Dell possibly bring to the table? Or the pocket, in this case?



As far as integrating with Windows -- who really *wants* their phone to be like their PC? Time to start thinking the other way around -- hence the excitement for Android, and iPhone.


 


Unless Dell can truly innovate on design or functionality -- and where is the track record there -- a Dellphone may be DOA.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:07:01 PM
re: The Dell Cell

Gotta agree with Dan -- what innovation could Dell possibly bring to the table? Or the pocket, in this case?



As far as integrating with Windows -- who really *wants* their phone to be like their PC? Time to start thinking the other way around -- hence the excitement for Android, and iPhone.


 


Unless Dell can truly innovate on design or functionality -- and where is the track record there -- a Dellphone may be DOA.

menexis 12/5/2012 | 4:07:02 PM
re: The Dell Cell I don't like the idea of Dell coming out with a smartphone...I can just see the same thing that happened to them when they tried to get into the flatscreen TV business which did not work out for them. Perhaps an acquisition of Palm? That would be a smarter move.
miles4000 12/5/2012 | 4:07:02 PM
re: The Dell Cell If they were smart maybe they should look at buying Palm for its new webOS OS.
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