02/10/2011, 07:11 PM
The lack of WIMAX or LTE antennas really bums me out.
HP will not be able to compete in the mobile space without these technologies. A new customer (which is obviously what HP is counting on, they have ticked off all their current ones) will compare a Pre3 to an Android device with "4G", and will obviously rather have the faster data speeds. Phones now are driven by data. There are many users who rarely make any calls. They rely on text for direct comunication, and then data for web, facebook, twitter, news readers, and more.
Don't give me any nonsense about the lack of WIMAX or LTE coverage. I have coverage, so I want it. And it seems that Verizon's LTE coverage is expanding at a tremendous rate.
Also, I honestly don't care about HSPA+, because I doubt they will make it compatible with Tmobile's 3G bands (Palm has never released an AWS compatible phone), and I hate AT&T because of the dropped calls and data caps. I don't make calls often, but when I do, I want them to work. Right now on my Pre2 on AT&T, I continually drop one third of my calls. Besides that, AT&T isn't even close to having their HSPA+ up and running.
I liken it to an aircraft manufacturer trying to produce another propellor driven fighter aircraft in the late 1940s. Yes, jet engines were still new and had their flaws, but the advantages were so tremendous that it was clear to manufacturers they needed to focus their efforts on jet aircraft.
Maybe the delay until summer is so they can get WIMAX and LTE antennas fully implemented into the hardware and software? If that is the case I wish HP would come out and say that, then the wait would be a little easier to deal with.