02/09/2011, 05:17 PM
Look, I like the Pre3. It's got a great spec list, and I will definitely be getting one once I'm upgrade eligible.
But it's not exciting...the TouchPad is exciting because it's something new with new webOS functionality, and it's going to make a sweet tablet. The Veer & Pre3...well, for all intents and purposes most people just see more of the same. Visibly, HPalms's phones look like they did when the Pre was first announced. And they've killed the only 'different' form factor in the Pixi...and plenty of people like the Pixi form factor better than the Pre - my wife, for one. On top of that, with all the slider issues people have had...just seems like a bad idea.
Besides, why not? If you've got the best OS (which I believe they do), why not try to please everyone? Some people want 4" slates. Some people want horizontal sliders. How hard can it really be to manufacture different form factors? HPalm could've really cornered the market if they stuck with the Pre2 for longer (+ GSM), and their new phones were a high end slate or horiz slider, and kept the Pixi form factor for their low end. Wouldn't no moving parts have kept the Veer cheaper? Plus, while the magnetic port is kinda cool, they could've kept a real micro-usb & headphone port.
Grrr....I like having options, HP!