02/10/2011, 09:41 AM
The broad list of reasons the Pre failed is huge. Poor build quality, 6 months from announcement to market, small screen that turned people off, small keyboard that turned people off, vert slider that turned people off, lack of apps, poor advertising, locked in on sprint, battery issues, lack of expandable memory.
There were also things that made it attractive to some. Small size, vert slider (the physical portrait keyboard was something some customers did like, even those that passed on it due to other issues), WebOS, touchstone tech, gesture area.
Build Quality has reportedly improved. Screen size, improved. Keyboard, enlarged at the least and reported to feel improved. Advertising, unknown but its clear that there's at least more financial backing planned for this advertising campaign. It seems like its set to be able to go both GSM and and CDMA and doesn't at this point appear to be locked in. Those are just the near definities.
The likely, if we believe HP? There's far more apps then was available early on with the Pre, and the userbase is set to expand greatly in the next year likely helping the amount of apps. The snapdragon is more power efficient thus improving battery life.
And the questionable or not likely fixed? Its still a vert slider and its still not getting expandable memory. Its ship date is also far off, though it could be as little as 3 and as long at 8 months.
To me they've fixed a LOAD of the issues with the original Pre while making a competitive device with the majority of high end smartphones set to come out in coming months. To chalk all of the Pre's failure up singularly and simply to the fact that "vert slider" is a "fail" form factor I believe is to completely and utterly reject the reality of the Pre's myriad of problems. It also discounts the notion that there were people who were pleased with the Vert Slider format but went away for all those other reasons.