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.

Analysis: Nokia’s Huge Bet On Windows Phone 7 is All or Nothing

Analysis: Nokia’s Huge Bet On Windows Phone 7 is All or Nothing

I was getting a sense earlier in the week from contacts of mine close to both Nokia and Microsoft that Nokia was going to pick Windows Phone 7 as their smart phone platform of choice. Initially I thought this was crazy given that all the momentum is with Android, it appeared as though picking any other smart phone platforms was suicide. However the more I thought about what this partnership means the more I think it makes sense.

This is an incredibly bold decision by Nokia. There isn’t a shred of evidence that Windows Phone 7 is gaining any momentum in the marketplace. Not with consumers, not with developers and not with handset manufactures. For Nokia to have chosen to go with Microsoft’s mobile platform their executive team must believe that they can single handedly inject new life into the platform.

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Is the Market too Crowded for webOS to be Successful?

Is the Market too Crowded for webOS to be Successful?

Let’s start off by remembering that the smartphone market is still relatively early. Even though it is one of the hottest topics around, smartphones as a whole still only represent less than 30% of the total global mobile phone market. That being said the smart phone market grew 75% last quarter alone and is expected to grow at that pace each quarter for the next few years.

Right now RIM, Apple and their iOS and a host of Android vendors dominate the smart phone sector. Windows Phone 7 is on the far fringe of this market and HP’s webOS devices still farther yet. So the real question is in a market dominated right now by three companies is there room for more? The short answer is yes and here is why.

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Palm Made HP Relevant Again

Palm Made HP Relevant Again

It’s no secret that mobile, namely smart phones and tablets, is the hottest topic in the tech industry today. It’s almost as if companies who don’t have products in these categories are not even in the conversations dominating industry trade shows and conferences.

Had HP not purchased Palm this would still be the case. However they did purchase Palm and now HP finds themselves right back in the middle of this fascinating mobile conversation, this time with a fresh suite of mobile products.

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Dell Streak 7 Review

Dell Streak 7 Review

Coming to T-Mobile as their first 4G tablet, Dell is set to launch its foray into the 7-inch tablet market with the Dell Streak 7. Packed with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual core processor and a 7-inch 800x480 Gorilla Glass touch screen. Is it poised to take on the Tab? Check out the full review.

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What Honeycomb Means for Tablets

What Honeycomb Means for Tablets

In advance of Google’s Honeycomb deep dive scheduled for this Wednesday February 2, I wanted to do a quick analysis of what Honeycomb means for the tablet market. I’ve been working with a number of the current Android tablets in the 7-inch range and have reached several conclusions about the form factor which I will provide more insight to in a later analysis.

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Plantronics and The Infamous Wall of Ears

Plantronics and The Infamous Wall of Ears

Today is Plantronics 50th anniversary as a company.   I was at their corporate headquarters to join in the celebration, which included American hero Buzz Aldrin as a guest speaker.  As a part of the celebration they launched two new products and then took a few of us to see their industrial design labs which included the infamous wall of ears.   This wall is not just famous it is IN-famous (kudos to the commenter who ID's this movie quote.)


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The Impact of the Verizon iPhone on Android’s Growth

The Impact of the Verizon iPhone on Android’s Growth

Typically after press conferences I attend or when major industry announcements happen, I take a lot of questions from the press asking my opinion on the news. I’m always happy to speak with journalists on stories they are working on and provide them a quote. As a professional analyst, this is part of my job.

Yesterday was no exception. After the Verizon iPhone launch press conference I spoke with a number of folks in the press, and one question in particular came up which I thought required further analysis. That question was what impact would iOS's presence on Verizon have on Verizon’s current and future Android devices.

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