One single company, por favor.
Palm had the organizer, NOK the chameleon phone, Mot had the razor, Rimm had the cornered the market with the keyboard phone, Sony had the Walkman, Kodak a few cameras and aapl the iPhone.
Name ONE single gadget company that survived and I'll keep my mouth shut. Keep in mind, IBM is a recurring services company.
Rick, rock, waiting
Here how about this:
We reject your opinion about what defines a blockbuster gadget. Your question is not precise enough to warrant actual debate as too much is left up to 'your interpretation" Therefore I pose a more intelligent question...
Name ONE SINGLE GADGET company that has:
Gained and held 40% market share in it's particular industry
Has been in business longer than 20 years
Who's stock price on a year over year basis has increased twice as often as decreased
And is currently trading at 50% or better than the stocks all time high
If you really want answers then create questions that are quantifiable.
I declare this to be an unfair question because a successful gadget will expand into different businesses like IBM and GE has.... The question is not provable because the history did not play out in such a way where G.E. decided to spin off separate companies for all the things they became involved in - a direct result of the success and continued success of the light bulb...
To declare that G.E. is not a successful gadget company because they diversified means that your question limits itself to gadget making.... As companies grow they tend to diversify but to declare that G.E's success is not in large part due to the gadgets they made initially is a false argument... in fact often times a the "service" side of their business only exists BECAUSE of the wild success of their gadgets....
IBM would not have a "service" side if their machines were not wildly successful.
Ford, Ge, bell, list is endless if you consider smartphones are not gadgets but the last thing people are willing to lose if they have to cut spending.. The question is can Apple "maintain" there position and respect with consumers. If they add a new product that shakes the market all the better but not essential at this price point.