HP Palm Pre 2 with WebOS 2.0

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.

Dummy vs Demo Phones

I hate going to any wireless store and pickup one of the dummy phones they have on display. They might serve one purpose:  size. But when it comes to functionality it fails dramatically. Consumers want to test a device before they buy it. One of the representatives told me one day that there wasn’t a BlackBerry Torch demo phone available (on freakin’ launch day) because most people already know what the device offers when it comes to features and functionality. I highly doubt it. And even if that was true, that’s a fraction of the customers who walk into the store.

Personally, I would never buy a phone based on playing with a dummy phone or just reading about it on the internet. I prefer to actually hold the real thing in my hands and use it for at least 5 minutes to get a real feeling for it. Phone manufacturers, in my opinion, are loosing profit for not sending working demo units for their feature phones on all wireless carriers.

Wireless carriers just want consumers to sign a contract as soon as possible to get a hard choking grip on them, then they have 30 minutes / 15 days to try out the phone they selected. The customer can’t cancel their contract if they chose to return the phone, they will be faced with at least $250+ penalty. That’s the work of the mafia.

If I am buying a certain smartphone and signing a 2+ years contract for a data plan, I want to try it at the store BEFORE I sign any documents.

WebOS should have been a game changer

What happened to Palm was really sad. Palm had a great product. They worked real hard on WebOS. I imagine they spent millions of dollers in polishing it and making it a great operating system yet the company collapsed due to financial trouble. In my opinion, WebOS should have been a game changer. Something that many consumers would love to run on their smartphone and use on a daily basis. I came so close in buying a Palm Pre but the fact that in was a CDMA phone in Canada was a major deal breaker. Plus the keyboard’s buttons on the Palm Pre were extremely small and barely had any click or feedback when I was testing a demo unit at a Bell Mobility store. The screen was a bit small too. But all these issues were all hardware. The software on the other hand was a huge success in my opinion.

They took multitasking to a whole new level with the cards view. All the built in apps looked highly polished and well thought out when it came to the user interface. WebOS literally made the Palm Pre feel it was years ahead of anything in the market. Palm had an awesome operating system running on mediocre hardware, and that’s how their overall product fell short and appeared outdated right from the start.

I would love to see WebOS running on powerful hardware. Whether it be a smartphone or a tablet. Even if WebOS didn’t have many apps available, that’s not a big issue for many consumers. The important thing is the device’s responsiveness and how well it manages and seamlessly integrates your personal and business life through the built in apps like contatcs, calendar, browser and your internet social circle (Twitter, Facebook, etc). And it does that with great ease right out of the box.

Windows Phone 7 Push Notification

Has anyone heard Steve Ballmer talk about push notification for Windows Phone 7? We know it has a robust unobtrusive notification system but no one mentioned if it supports push notification like on the BlackBerry and Android. To me, that’s a definite deal breaker. I mean, Windows Phone 7 has all the bells and whistles you could think of (not including copy/paste and 3rd party multitasking) but all that wouldn’t matter if I have to setup my Windows Phone to check my email every 10 minutes. It’s almost 2011, get with the program Microsoft…or correct me if I am wrong.

Blogging vs Twitter

I practiced twittering a lot during the past year that it sort of made me stop blogging. It was actually a combination of both Twitter’s short messages and the crippled blogging module in Windows Live Spaces that made twittering a better alternative to blogging. But no matter how many times you tweet, you still need a platform to write and post as much text as you want. That’s why blogging will never die.

I say that now mainly because I am back to blogging again and I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes you just need to sit back and spill whatever is lurking in your mind whether it made sense or not. Your head starts to feel much lighter after you hit the ‘Publish’ button.