Author Archives: Ben Bajarin

Ben has spent the last 10 years as the Director of Consumer Technology Analysis and Research with Industry and Market analysis firm Creative Strategies, Inc. He is a technology enthusiast, a husband, a father and a hobby farmer.

Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Many people would agree that Nintendo has some of the most recognizable software titles in the market. There was a time when proprietary software titles were necessary to differentiate a hardware gaming platform. Title drivers as we call them, were an important part of gaining interest in one companies console over another. The world is different now and I think Nintendo is missing out on a huge opportunity.

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The Paradox of Choice in Consumer Markets

The Paradox of Choice in Consumer Markets

A few years ago I read a book called The Paradox of Choice: Why Less is More by Barry Schwartz. His anecdotes were insightful and pointed to truths about the amount of choice the free market has laid on us as consumers. Of course free markets and consumer choice should be good things, but there are certainly experiences I have had where the overwhelming sense of having too many options made it difficult to actually make a decision.

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Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Since 2003 Apple has beat on every single earnings report and today the streak continues. We reported on the earnings this afternoon but I wanted to write a more in depth analysis. When looking through the numbers there were a couple of things that stood out that are worth a few thoughts. So let's dive in.

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Why Cisco Shut Down the Flip Business

Why Cisco Shut Down the Flip Business

Cisco's shutting down of their Flip business after only two years says not just a great deal about Cisco but about consumer markets as a whole. Primarily that they are very hard to succeed in and should be entered only with adequate strategies. Cisco had primarily acquired Flip and the Pure Digital team in order to gain a jump start to their consumer business strategy.

BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

Several companies I work with in the PC space had been asking me if I have heard of this new company called BlueStacks. These specific PC OEMs were interested in this particular company because the smart folks at BlueStacks have creatively developed a software solution that allows consumers to run the full Android experience on their Windows based PCs.

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The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

A few days ago, Amazon's App Store officially opened for business. I've been spending the past few days reflecting and talking with colleagues on the many ways Amazon's move could disrupt the Android ecosystem, in a good way. There are a number of challenges manufactures have run into with Google as it relates to Android, and the Amazon app store may show a clear path to overcome those challenges and limit dependence on the Android marketplace.

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My Two Concerns for Android

My Two Concerns for Android

Android's continued momentum continues to be good news for many handset and device manufacturers who need a solid platform in the market. Since Windows Mobile has failed to make a compelling offering to those in the space, Android has seemed to be the savior of many. I do however have two primary concerns that could put a dent in the Android ecosystem if not dealt with.

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AT&T and T-Mobile Acquisition Makes Sense

AT&T and T-Mobile Acquisition Makes Sense

We had to anticipate some consolidation of our networks in the US at some point in time. It turns out the beginning of that movement has begun as AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion dollars from Deutsche Telekom. So what does this mean? Is this bad or good for the telecommunications industry and for consumers as a whole?
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Want to Hear a Great Story?

Want to Hear a Great Story?

Sometimes having the Internet in your pocket is convenient other times it is extremely useful. This story is an example of the latter. Some context first, I grew up in Silicon Valley, one of the more well known tech hubs in our country. I also grew up completely immersed in technology because my father, Tim Bajarin, was one of the first PC industry analysts on the scene. I've had a PC of some kind in my life as far back as I remember, which is what makes this story all the more interesting.
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The Wide World of Apps

The Wide World of Apps

Are apps a trend or are they here to stay? There has been plenty written and talked about regarding the so-called phenomenon of the app ecosystem. Developer conferences, trade shows, meet-ups and more have all popped up over the past few years as people have recognized the app economy and looked to capitalize on it. I believe apps are a vital part of the software ecosystem going forward, and here is why.
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Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

For a while now we, at Creative Strategies, have been involved in projects within the digital reader ecosystem. We have been talking and working with both publishers and hardware OEM’s who either have a presence or want a presence in this market. E-Readers and Tablet sales combined could be between 60-70 million in 2011*.

Regardless of where we are now in the adoption cycle of e-readers and tablets one thing is now clear: the shift from analog to digital in books is happening rapidly.

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