07/28/2011, 05:08 AM
Warning: short novel ahead.
When HP announced the Veer, TouchPad and Pre3 back in February, the Pre3 was announced for "summer". Summer is still going on, but we're already complaining that HP didn't release the Pre3 on time, that it's outdated, stuff like that. Why? It's still on time because it's still within schedule, and how do we define outdated anyway?
I think the problem many on this forum have with HP is that they don't simply want a powerful phone, and don't simply want a powerful phone that works well. I think the problem many on this forum have with HP is that they want a phone that wipes the floor with any other phone any other person they're likely to meet on the street could own.
They don't just want a quick and mighty smartphone to stay in the loop or even stay entertained - they want to be able to show it around, or even merely put it on the table, and have every head magically turn around to witness the greatness.
They don't want a phone that's quick, or powerful, or has a big screen, or any particular feature - they want the quickest, or most powerful, or the one with the biggest screen... a phone whose features, nevermind what exactly they are, are extreme.
They don't want their phone to be merely a source for information and a medium for communication, they want it to be a source of pride and a medium for self-staging. And this desire is perfectly fine... so fine, in fact, and so widespread that a lot of companies are catering to this demographic.
All of that perfectly explains why the TouchPad is considered such a failure by some on this forum - it's not THE slimmest, or THE lightest... so what's the point? It doesn't have a bigger screen or one that's objectively better than the competition... so what's the point? It only comes with webOS, which has some "I liked this OS way before it was cool" appeal, but since nobody will raise an eyebrow when you say "webOS", that doesn't count yet.
The question simply isn't "does this device do what I want it to do?", the question becomes "can I brag about anything this device does?".
And I think this is why the Forum is, collectively, so antsy about the Pre3. Had it been released on the spot back in February, its 1.4GHz processor would still have been something to brag about. When it actually does get released at the end of August, it won't be. This doesn't change anything about the Pre3's usability, of course; it doesn't make it slower, or less performant, or less smooth - if anything, the optimization period has made it quicker, more performant and more smooth. The Pre3 will be more useful next month than it would have been back in February.
But that doesn't matter, you see - because by September, it won't have any extreme features anymore. 1,4GHz will have become fairly run-of-the-mill and definitely nothing to brag about anymore, and the phone's other features speak volumes about how little HP cared to deliver an "extreme" phone in the Pre3.
And that, you see, is the root of the problem. The Pre3 is an upper midrange business phone, but a large group of people on here doesn't want that. They want an extreme phone; a "sports phone" in a matter of speaking, a Ford GT to the Pre3's Ford Taurus (and the Veer's Ford Ka). They don't understand - or don't want to understand - that the Pre3 was never designed to be what they want, so they claim that it WAS designed to be what they want and simply fails at it, and because it's still not out on the market, it's failing some more.
Meanwhile, those of us who just want a phone and have come to love webOS for its ease of use, ESPECIALLY those of us who actually like hardware keyboards -- you know, the Pre3's target audience? -- are looking at the calendar and thinking "summer is gonna be over in a few weeks, so the Pre3 is coming", and reading a new thread about how outdated the Pre3 will be. So yeah - how do you guys define outdated, anyway? The definition used here is "anything that isn't cutting edge high-end stuff is outdated". I'd ask to reconsider. Otherwise, by that definition, 75% of ANYTHING that gets released is outdated at the time of release. Defining anything except envelope-pushing high-end innovations as "outdated" is broken and unworkable.
The Pre3 won't be outdated when it is released, it simply won't be an envelope-pushing high-end device. It'll be a solid midrange "business class" phone. That's just what I (and a lot of other people) want. It may not be what YOU want, but even if you're obviously well-represented on an internet smartphone forum, you should consider that you're a minority of the total populace. So are those of us in want a midrange business phone, by the way, just so you know. But the fact still remains that you want the Pre3 to be something it simply is not, and you're not judging it by what it is but by what you want it to be. This is unfair.
Now I'm thinking that HP is going to go after the "sports phone" demographic that wants their phone to kick all their friends' phones and brag about it, but I don't have any inside information. HP may be working on something, or they may not. You have the chance to keep waiting for it, or leave and pick up whatever Android phone is brag-worthy this week (it may be superseded as the brag-worthiest handset next week and may never receive more than one software update, but nevermind: you had the chance to brag for a while, which is more than the Pre3 is going to give you).
I really hope that HP will, at some point, release such a phone and give you guys a viable "sports phone" option. I really hope that the "stingray" prototype we've seen will be this phone, with a ultra-high-res screen and some over-the-top CPU and a bunch of features that are just in there so we can say they're in there. Sure. That would be good for the vocal sports phone demographic AND for webOS' standing in the market because that demographic is, in fact, rather large (and I'd argue actually probably larger than the small-phone Veer demographic). But we have no idea when that is going to surface and what will be in it when it does.
But please stop putting these expectations on the Pre3 - you're not expecting it to perform in any given way, you're expecting it to actually BE something it's not, and something it was never designed to be.
You're looking at a new romantic comedy with Meg Ryan and expecting the CG effects to AT LEAST hold up with the newest Michael Bay explosionfest. You're looking at a new station wagon and expecting the top speed to at least be above that of a Corvette.
If you accept that the Pre3 is not meant to be a phone you whip out to make grown people stare in disbelief and young children cry in existential horror, it becomes SO MUCH EASIER to accept that it wasn't released back in February when you could have used those 1.4GHz as an excellent <measurement> to whip out and prove your digital superiority, and that it's only being released in August/September, when those 1.4GHz are only good for powering the phone. August becomes "summer" and on time instead of an unbearable delay.