That's nothing but marketing speak. I haven't closed one app in the weeks I have owned my Epic 4G. My Twitter, Buzz, Foursquare and Facebook are instantly updated and available at a glance in ONE widget - Tweetdeck. IF I want to check what's going on in more detail, I tap the widget and it INSTANTLY gives me a detailed aggregate feed of all four, and as I scroll down, I get a timeline indicator at the top of the page out of the way. Messaging and email? Just like WebOS, they ARE open all of the time in the background. I could slap quick launch icons on my scrolling Launcher Pro bar, slap on widgets, or just hold down the home button to quickly access any of them if I'm not already getting a notification. Or I could use Visual Task Switcher or Itching Thumb to make it even quicker. You tell me that's not "true multitasking", and I'd just have to laugh in your face.
Originally Posted by Dchris222
Wow, so they've never delivered an experience that was better than lackluster in 18 months, four handsets and how many OS updates? That track record gives you so much confidence in 2.0? Really?
The Pre+ is still lacking in the hardware specs and thus can not leverage WebOS they way it was designed/meant to be used. Ya it can open 50 cards, but it has slower ram and processor than the Pre 2 and the experience is lackluster.
The Pre 2 itself can't match those devices, but it can provide a solid foundation to release OTHER devices that can match handsets that are several months old and due for a refresh right around the same time that these mythical OTHER devices should hit the market. This story sounds familiar....Original Pre/iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS anybody?
I am not disputing with you that Palm should have originally put out better hardware to handle WebOs, but I am saying that the Pre2 is a solid foundation on which HP can release other devices that match well with the Iphone and Evo.
As I said elsewhere, there may be no worse rationale for a business to launch a product than "Eh...Why Not?"
You must realize that Palm had the design of the Pre 2 done long before HP even bought them, so I believe it is unwise to fault HP. HP has plenty of cash so why not release a device that is ready to go?
Even worse is when there are several solid answers to that question like....it is soon to be dwarfed by additional products, the critical reaction has been lackluster and will likely mirror the consumer reaction, HP was unable to get widespread carrier adoption and support like the Samsung Galaxy S series, etc., etc.
You excuse their current actions but reserve blame for them only if their 12-month product profile isn't up to snuff? That just doesn't make sense. Product profiles are built from strategy, leverage and momentum. Apple released the iPod, leveraged that into the iPhone, leveraged that into an App Store, leverage all of the above into the iPad and iOS ecosystem...and the rest is history. It had to be built one brick at a time, and if the "ground floor" components were underwhelming, they likely wouldn't have gotten to the top floor where they reside now.
As I said above, HP has released a solid device that will serve as the ground floor for future devices. Pre 2 is by no means a "super device", but I certainly believe it will offer and nice WebOS experience. CES will showcase what HP has been working on since the merger and the marketing WILL increase. If the 5 or 6 devices released over the next 12 months don't meet anyone's expectations then myself included will blame HP.
Palm soft launching refreshes just weeks before they are due to supposedly come out guns 'ablazing at CES makes no sense because that refresh will NOT be the foundation or ground floor. It will be the ignored red-headed stepchild once superior products arrive, much as the Pre on Sprint would've been if the Pre Plus was released 6 weeks later on Verizon. But this is worse because the devices to follow will have a different screen size and resolution, so now developers have three-four moving targets (e.g. Pixi resolution, Pre resolution, "superphone" resolution, tablet resolution) to hit to get the widest possible adoption rate for their apps, and automatic scaling aint gonna cut it for the vast majority. That's why the iPad has 35,000 apps of its own. Of course, Palm/HP has no control over when 2.0 hit the majority of the older devices, so that's yet another hurdle in the short-term.