Regardless of your personal viewpoint regarding the company, let's come to a general consensus: Apple revolutionized the concept of a wireless telephone; and furthermore, set the bar for any and all manufacturers, present and future. Competition is on a whole new playing field as a result. The concept of applications is taking off, and individuals are quickly realizing that their iPhone may hold them over for more than two years, thanks to a number of applications that make life easier, and cost less to boot.
Albeit a bit late to the wireless game, Dell has always sought to capitalize on the industry's latest trends, and the idea of offering a smartphone is nothing new to them ? they've been working on it since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal. Competing directly with Apple's iPhone 3G and Research In Motion's BlackBerry line, the devices would come in a range of styles, and would be offered on the Windows Mobile and Android platforms. When I first read this, the thought of the two operating systems running on one device crossed my mind; however I believe they are referring to various configurations that will be offered.
At any rate, it is good to see healthy competition. According to sources familiar with Dell's plans, the devices may launch as early as next month.