Sometimes on the opposite side from Mikah, but not here. The P3 may be a good phone (still unknown), BUT...
Originally Posted by mikah912
1) They needed a different form factor to erase the bad taste of the older Pre's from the public memory. Instead, they choose the two LEAST successful form factors. If they plan to roll out phones "every 2 months", why lead with these two? Let the Pre 2 hold the portrait lovers until you have other styles in the market.
2) They cannot roll out a device 6 months from now and expect it to be competitive (with developer support, potential customers, or the competition)
3) If you are going to orphan current users, at least have a plan in place to satisfy them. Most of what has been sold has been by word of mouth, certainly not by in-store reps. They have pretty much killed that source of promotion.
(not that it's a bad thing to move the forward and require better hardware - the promises of supporting the older phones were ill advised)
Coming out with a virtually identical looking device, no matter how good it may be, is giving themselves an extra hurdle to jump in the race to public acceptance. It's like Ford releasing the Edsel 2 after the original model went down in flames.