I really hoped that HP/Palm would be changing the overall hardware design of the Palm Pre 2, but at the same time deep down I didn’t really want to see a radical & dramatical change either. The Palm Pre is what it is. It’s shape and curvature defines it. It’s what makes it the Palm Pre. But what I really wanted to see changed was the screen size. A bit larger wouldn’t have hurt at all. 3.2″ is just a bit on the small side of the screen scale in my opinion.
I do a lot of reading on my Nexus One, and having a large screen really helps and is a lot easy on the eyes. I would’ve imagined Palm going that route with the screen on their second generation device. But oh well, what really makes up for all the device’s hardware drawbacks is the beauty and polishness of the new WebOS 2.0. It’s simply brilliant.
Would’ve loved to be using that card based multitasking on a larger screen. It would really bring out the true beauty within WebOS. But I am guessing HP has tablet plans for WebOS so Palm decided to just beef up the OS and the Pre’s internals.
In general, the Palm Pre 2 has more speed, better screen and a solid polished WebOS to drool over. Not so sure about the keyboard on the new model, I hope they raised the buttons and gave them more feedback. I am waiting to test out a North American GSM model when they arrive in Canada.