In 2007, Dell hired Ron Garriques after he led Motorola's mobile phone division. Last year, Mr. Garriques was put in charge of Dell's newly devised communications solution group and the executive was the man controlling Dell's plans for smartphones and tablets. After both the Dell Streak and the Dell Aero flopped this year, it has been decided that Mr. Garriques will be leaving the company in 2011.
Of course, what executive goes away empty-handed? Garriques will be floating down on a Golden Parachute that gives him a severance check of $1.44 million and a payment of $3.15 million under his consultancy agreement. Imagine if he had been successful. The mobile communications group that Garriques led is now being rolled back into the main company.
His mistake was pursuing the same strategy that Google tried with the Nexus One. Even if they are offering great phones, not selling them directly to people through AT&T stores and other outlets makes very little sense. I hope his departure leads to a more sensible approach to selling phones, they can start by making the Streak available at AT&T stores with Froyo preinstalled as soon as possible.
Were it not for my beloved Aria, I would have one of these lovely devices already. I think it is the perfect blend in size and portability. The 1.6 was a big no-no. I was hoping to pick one up anyway and get the Froyo from XDA.