RIM won't be buying Palm out. Chances are good whomever buys them will buy them to expand their own phone market in some way. HTC is already in bed with MS and Android, they could buy Palm, but it won't really do anything for them in terms of market expansion. They don't really need it. Dell's already doing their own Android based thing with phones, so that leaves IBM (Lenovo) and HP.... I don't think Lenovo can afford to buy them and hope for market expansion because their laptops aren't all that popular in the consumer market and no one really wants an IBM branded phone. Chances are better for HP to get them and expand into the phone market more. They already have experience with handheld PDA devices and with the popularity of their laptops and new to release Slate pads, it would be a natural progression into what they are trying to do with their market saturation.
This actually makes me want to see what webos with better hardware can do. Especially a HP tablet.
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I would rather have seen HTC buy Palm and ultimately have an HTC-built webOS handset, but I suppose this is good too, especially with HP's brilliant marketing staff.
However, the biggest kick for me that I'd have gotten from it would've been Apple getting laughed out of court for that suit they filed against them. Apple would never have been able to compete with Palm's patent portfolio.
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