When does mobile not feel very mobile? Every time you have to plug in a cord to charge a device. But power cords could become a 20th century artifact (at least for small mobile devices) if wireless charging technology becomes affordable, reliable, interoperable and easy.
Whenever I look at shiny new smartphones, I experience a "boys and their toys" moment and have to keep myself from drooling. But as the author of The Recession-Proof Business and founder of VictorCheng.com, a Website that provides business training to entrepreneurs, I feel obligated to take a more serious approach. Sleek handsets come and go, but what matters most is the operating system, the software that will run mobile devices now and in the future. Apple, Palm and Google have all recently launched new mobile operating systems: OS 3.0 for the iPhone, WebOS on the Palm Pre and Google's Android system, which comes preinstalled on the HTC G1 from T-Mobile.
He's worked on both the sell side (Bank of America and Citigroup) and the buy side (Andor Capital Management.) Now as retail analyst David Strasser settles into his new job at Janney Montgomery Scott, he talks to Fortune about retail stocks, the economy and whether consumers are every going to start shopping again.
By almost all measures the new Palm Pre handset, released June 6, is a hit: The device is getting raves from technology reviewers, and officials at Sprint Nextel, the only phone network now offering the Pre, have said opening weekend sales outpaced their expectations.
Here's how we are going to break this review down. I am Michael Copeland -- I'm a BlackBerry user. I have the Bold. It's a silly name, but I never reference it in public ("Where's my bold?" See -- silly). My colleague Jon Fortt is an iPhone user/lover. The reason I point this out, is that BlackBerry users and iPhone users are likely to have different reactions to Palm's shiny new Pre.
It's been clear for some time that Sprint Nextel needs a major turnaround. Lots of Sprint users switch to AT&T and Verizon -- not many move in the opposite direction. And with the news this week that No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S. is laying off 8,000 employees, the resurrection of Sprint won't be easy or painless.