i-Mate – Great products let down?

It was only a few years ago that i-Mate were riding high in the mobile market selling the most desirable PocketPC devices.

From the SP3 through to the K-JAM they made the market for Microsoft mobile products. So it was no surprise when they were eventually listed on AIM.

Yet now in 2008 they are appear to be a shadow of the great marketing machine they once were.

Having lost HTC as their OEM manufacturer, their recent products have been late, expensive and lacking usability innovation such as HTC’s TouchFLO.

So no surprise then when The Register reported that CEO & founder Jim Morrison, is taking i-Mate back into private ownership.

He may have a chance of success if he could only resurrect the style of cancelled products such as the 9150 and 7150. Here’s hoping.