A cautionary tale: What can we learn from HTC’s current troubles?
Oct15

A cautionary tale: What can we learn from HTC’s current troubles?

HTC has been around since 1997. Watching them evolve has easily been one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen as a fan of the mobile industry. For those not familiar with HTC’s history, they started out making mobile devices for other companies. Back then we called such a company an “ODM”, which stands for original design manufacturer. HTC didn’t have a brand in the 90s, but that didn’t matter...

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Why is LG such a failure in the mobile phone business and can they turn things around?
Oct10

Why is LG such a failure in the mobile phone business and can they turn things around?

LG is a company that I love to beat up, not because they don’t have any talented engineers, but because they consistently fail to make full use of resources that they have. The company’s business strategy, as far as I and the rest of the world can tell, is to clone everything Samsung makes as quickly as humanly possible and hope for the best. The most recent example of this type of behavior is the LG Vu, a 5 inch 4:3...

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Thinking Out Loud: What does Apple have in store for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6?

Apple’s iPhone 5 is less than two weeks old, yet for some strange reason we feel like it’s been out for months already. It has a taller screen so you can see more apps. Wonderful. It also has 4G LTE so you can upload photos faster. Amazing, but phones have been doing that for years already. The new iPhone is just so … boring because it’s such a safe and predictable product. That got me thinking, what’s...

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Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s over the weekend. What should we make of this number?
Sep25

Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s over the weekend. What should we make of this number?

Apple’s just announced that they’ve sold over 5 million iPhone 5 units between Friday and Sunday. Is that an impressive number? Is that number that will make invest firms short Apple stock? Does the answer lie somewhere in the middle? Let’s look at the last iPhone, the 4S, to get some perspective. Apple sold 4 million of those during the device’s opening weekend. Now an extra million with the iPhone 5 sure does...

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