1. The multitouch part I'm okay with. Familiar territory. But the keyboard at the bottom of both, do I *really* need it? I've gotten to love virtual keyboards so much I've arrogantly proclaimed the era of physical keyboards is over. Was Ruby right though, and Jobs wrong, would none of you prefer a webOS slab with a huge screen and no keyboard? Like an HD2 or Nexus style webOS OGRE?
I will never buy a Smartphone without a physical keyboard. I come from a long like of Treos (back to the Treo 600 that I got in 2003) I have tried various virtual keyboards: the iPhone/iTouch keyboards, some of the Android keyboards, and even the Pre Virtual Keyboard patch. I am a heavy texter/emailer and would never be able to rely on a virtual keyboard for 100% of my needs. Sure, if it was fast enough and integrated enough, I may use a virtual keyboard for some quick things, but I have absolutely no issues with the Pre's keyboard and have gotten used to sliding out the keyboard for a quick text entry and closing the slider. Even for landscape mode, its not a huge issue to rotate, type, flip back (even if that is not ideal). Also, I will state that I do not like horizontal sliders, either. The Palm style is just about perfect for me!
2. You totally kick Apple's **** on notifications and multitasking. The multitasking visual metaphor is so good, in fact, that it's making me mad I can drag between cards. I do that a lot on the desktop, click and drag between windows. Is that something you can see Palm adding to webOS, tap and drag between cards? Or is that even needed on a mobile device yet?
With copy/paste (even as limited as it is now), not sure we need the drop/drag between cards. It might be nice, but I doubt I would use it much. I am happy with the implementation of it right now
3. Arguably, with almost no money and limited resources, Palm out-innovated everyone last year. I'll say straight out they clowned Google, who I'm sure wishes they thought of webOS first, and couldn't improve Android as fast as Palm launched an entirely new OS. How did they do this? Rubinstein's vision? California magic? And if it forces other companies to innovate just as fast, given that limited money and resources, how can Palm keep up with the Apple and Google types?
I think it really comes down to the fact that Palm HAD TO do an amazing job with webOS or they would go out of business. If Android was a flop, Google still has a ton of money in the bank and a big business. But Palm had to do a great job. Hopefully, they can force other companies to innovate as fast, because that would also cause Palm to go even faster (hopefully), and in the end, the consumer wins! In the end, though, I just hope webOS really takes off in the global market (and specifically in the US on Verizon and eventaully AT&T) and webOS because a true competitor. If that happens, Palm will grow, get more money and then can spend it on further updates! Imagine what they could do with 2x or 3x the manpower and money!
4. What do you think about the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus? From last year to this, Apple went from the iPhone 3G/2.0 to iPhone 3GS/3.0, Android went from the G1/1.0 to the DROID/2.0. On the other hand, Microsoft went from Windows Mobile 6 to 6.5 and BlackBerry from the 9000 to 9700. How much of an improvement has Palm made over the last year, and blending into the previous question, is it enough for you? What are you happy they added, what are you sad they didn't?
I don't see the Pre/Pixi Plus as the 2.0 device. It has only been a little over 7 months and to me, this is just the evolution of their 1.0 product. So, give us 6 more months and lets see. Either way, though, webOS 1.0.1 vs 22.214.171.124 (and soon 1.4) is like night and day. The phone is SO MUCH BETTER now than compared to at launch. And with homebrew, it's even that much better!
5. What's next for Palm? They're getting on more carriers, so what else do they need 2010 to bring? Do they need webOS 2.0? Another device form-factor? Some huge app announcements? A content deal? Their own local sync software? What pieces do they simply have to add this year not just to survive, but to be one of the big players heading into 2011?
They need to keep working on webOS and sell more units! More units = more users = more developers = more apps. Personally, I love the form factor of the Pre, but I can understand going to a more Droid/Nexus One size phone with a bigger screen, as long as they can keep the physical keyboard (see point #1). I just want them to focus more on the software to get it to a good 2.0 device first, then look at more major changes to the hardware. Also, they need to create some local sync/backup feature, or allow access to the Palm Profile via the web. Oh, and keep working on those APIs. with video recording around the corner, now we need microphone and sound support and better memory management. Better Battery life would be bad thing either!
6. If you could steal one feature of the iPhone and give it to webOS, what would it be? By contrast, what single feature does webOS have you'd miss most if you had to switch to an iPhone (like for the Round Robin). There's pros and cons to every device, so I'm trying to get the best sense of trade-offs I can.
I want the smoothness of the iPhone. While it's better than it was back in June, the Pre can still be laggy and appear slow. The iPhone is just smooth. I would like that. Also, while I don't need 100,000 apps, I am jealous of some of the apps out there... we want more!
For webOS, it would be the multitasking that I miss, with the notifications a close 2nd. It's just so easy to multitask and I have become so reliant on it, I would miss that! Also, the homebrew community is amazing and I would miss them! The webOS OS is such an open platform and Palm is so open to Homebrew (both apps and patches) that you really do have a community here who love the devices and the software!