OK, yesterday I saw my fourth Samsung Galaxy Note in the wild. It was being used by a young woman behind me in line at a supermarket in the Hood! I even asked her if it was a Galaxy Note. She said yes.
Does anyone recall this debacle from just last year?
That’s Jon Rubinstein holding up one of the smallest cellphones ever produced: the webOS HP Veer.
Look at how stupidly tiny it was:
Source: Wired UK
Did it sell? Hell no.
The Veer is a smartphone announced by HP on February 9, 2011. The device uses webOS, is powered by a Snapdragon processor, and has a 2.6-inch screen. The smartphone is notable for its credit card-sized dimensions (and a depth that is comparable to the size of a deck of cards).
The Samsung Galaxy Note is an Android smartphone/tablet computer hybrid (also known as a “plablet”) that was introduced in October 2011. It has attracted attention because of its 5.3-inch screen size – between that of conventional smartphones and tablets – and because of its included stylus.
The tech press basically laughed at the Galaxy Note, while cautiously praising the HP Veer.
I never saw anyone using an HP Veer in the wild.
I have now seen four Galaxy Notes in the wild, in the hands of actual buyers, in the space of two weeks.
For years, Palm Pre users begged Palm for a larger tablet-like phone.
They were ignored.
Palm is dead. webOS phones are dead.
Samsung has a huge hit on its hands.
What Samsung has is called success.
Isn’t that what every business wants?
Gee, were the people right after all?