02/10/2011, 05:58 PM
It seems as if, for no logical reason, the Pre 3 has been branded. Even before it was available to be handled, people joked about it.
OK, that's fine. It would be one thing if the jokes were actually accurate, but they aren't: the Pre 3 has the highest clockspeed on the market. The resolution is great; it isn't quite iPhone 4 pixel density, but it is higher than every Android device on the market. The RAM is good; 512 MB seems to be the sweet spot for webOS. The keyboard seems to be fantastic, which is way more than can be said for previous devices. Same with the build quality; it looks like HP has taught Palm how to drill holes into metal/plastic.
I've said it before, but here it goes: the only problem with the device is the launch date. If, by some miracle, they can get on the ball and put this thing out in a month or two, they're OK. They won't sell them by the barrel, but they will sell (just like any good product will).
So I have to ask: why all the outcry? Is it because the hype was so high that HP just couldn't meet it?
Also: if the Pre 3 had a different name, would it be better accepted? If it's the name that bothers you, and brings back memories that cause shudders, then please: rename it in your mind.
Either way, the Pre 3 is looking mighty fine.