It's running webOS, and people love to hate webOS.
Originally Posted by tungsten C
It's got a CPU faster than anything else on the market now or in the foreseeable future, which is why it would only have been adequate if it had been released a year ago, but not even then.
It's got a Qualcomm SOC, which people were loudly and explicitly clamoring for in hundreds upon hundreds of posts on this forum when webOS devices were exclusively running on OMAP SOCs. For instance, the 1GHz Snapdragon in the Evo is a real powerhouse while the 1GHz OMAP in the Pre 2 is a bad joke and should have shipped in the original Pre. Now that people got the Snapdragons they ordered, Snapdragon sucks and OMAP would have been better.
It's bigger than 3", which means it's too big. It's smaller than 4", which means it's too small.
It's got a glass screen which is inferior to plastic because it's going to shatter easily. If it had a plastic screen, it would be inferior to glass because it's going to scratch easily.
It's black. Apple devices come in choices of black and white, at least if white is ever going to be released. If not, black is enough for an iPhone because it's popular, but not enough for a Pre because it's not.
It's got a keyboard. People don't want keyboards, so the Pre 3 is stupid. HP is stupid because they didn't listen to the market and didn't simply make a keyboard-less slab that looks just like the iPhone. People would have liked that.
(TouchPad edition: It looks just like an iPad and doesn't differentiate too much. Visionless me-too devices will never sell if users can just buy the real deal.)
It's got shoddy build quality. People who've held it say something else, but what do they know.
It's too little, too late. HP isn't trying hard enough. There aren't enough webOS devices around to make the platform interesting for anybody. There's no ecosystem.
HP putting webOS on every PC they sell (two a second) is stupid because nobody wants webOS, so it doesn't make any sense for them to try and sell more devices running it. HP is trying too hard. People don't like that.