08/14/2011, 12:17 PM
Yesterday, the unthinkable happened while I was at work driving a forklift. My Sprint Franken Pre 2 flew out of my hand and I ran it over. It was one of the worst feelings I have had regarding a phone. I'm usually always cautious and its never fell out of my hands no matter what. I think its all the hard work I put into it and the platform since August of 2009 and the issues of Sprint not giving us an upgrade to the Original Pre.
For me, the Sprint Franken Pre2 meant a lot in how far someone would go to make a phone available on their network of choice here in the USA. I've spent countless hours on downloading, purchasing and homebrewing on webOS. Some part of me died yesterday and it wasn't a good feeling. I had everything on there from seven launcher pages full of applications, Preware and everything else that this site has been talking about.
Well, I went to the Sprint store yesterday and was given an option to pay $150 for a refurbished Pre-, but there was no way I could go back to the original Pre after what I have done to the Franken Pre 2 with webOS 2.1. It would be worse as I would lose almost everything. So, I decided to get the Motorola Photon 4G since my sister has an upgrade next month and she likes it. I will pass it on to her once I figure out what I am going to do with this webOS phone situation.
Let me tell you this, the Photon 4G has one of the most beautiful hardware I have ever seen. It feels very good in the hand and the screen is amazing. Everything was running well, but I had one major problem with it. That problem was that it was not running webOS. To me, Android is not what I am looking for in an OS. It just was not the fit for my needs. I usually have these cards open in webOS all day long: E-Mail App, Calendar, Messaging, Phone, Tasks, Memos and Browser. Entertainment applications do not play an important role at work since I do not use them there. I love being able to switch between apps and creating content on the fly. Typing on the Photon4G was good, but for me I usually do a lot of typing and a physical keyboard is a must.
I have gotten used to the Franken Pre2 for all of my needs. After work, I usually go to the gym and use the Music Player Remix app with the Motorola HD Bluetooth Headphones. WebOS works for me and I do not want to move on to another platform. I have five lines with Sprint and I'm the only family member that uses webOS. We have a BB Style, Evo 4G, Evo3D, BB Tour and now the Photon 4G. They are all waiting on the iPhone to come to Sprint and they always tell me why am I so tied to webOS. Its just something that most people will not understand. WebOS is not for everyone and will never be, but for those of us who stuck with it since launch have grown on to it.
I also got the HP Touchpad on launch day and have pretty much been to work on it with Preware and the experimental overclocking. haha I look forward to the HP Pre 3 and from what we are seeing Sprint is not getting it soon. Although, I have to make a tough decision and probably made up my mind to stick with webOS the day I did the Franken Pre2. I am willing to pay for my Sprint contract and another contract from a carrier that carries the HP Pre 3.
Today, I will mostly likely get the Veer for temporary use at work or find a used unlocked Pre2. I just have one last thing to say about this whole webOS carrier issue. WebOS needs to be on every single carrier in the world and not just GSM since AT&T is looking to monopolize that area in the US.