Looking back, one might consider this device the beginning of the end (for this mystery company), and demonstrated just how out of touch said company was with the evolving smartphone market. It also showed just how much the company underestimated its new competitors; this is the year the company was on top of its game, at its highest value. Today? A mere shadow of its former self, and it really has nobody to blame but itself.
When this device hit in 2008, its largest competitor was Apple’s iPhone; it also went up against the Palm Pre and T-Mobile G1, just to name a few. Normally, a new device from this company would have been a no-brainer; something the business crowd in particular would have gobbled up. But it wasn’t quite as focused—it also didn’t have a physical keyboard—as its previous efforts, despite still offering some quality business-oriented features.
One of the device’s more curious features was its touchscreen, which itself could be clicked like a button—even more strange was its lack of Wi-Fi support. Doing something like that today would surely bring out the pitchforks from consumers. In addition to those few quibbles, the device was also maligned because of its bugs, leaving the experience feeling unfinished and rushed.
Clearly, the company that produced this mystery phone was a little out of its element, and it showed. So was this device a harbinger of what was to come, a storm on the horizon? Maybe. That didn’t stop the company for giving it a second go, but even that device didn’t do much to grab interest away from the growing presence of iOS and Android.
Last week’s Guess the Phone was the Motorola Droid Pro.