Let's see... last year, one of the kids wanted to get a smart phone.
Having been a Palm person for over 12 years, I had eventually gone with a Pre, then a Pre2 as I wanted voice dialing (and nicely surprised at the huge difference in speed). Please note that I went with a Pre not because of my love for Palm products, but simply that it was on promotion and needing a new phone (slipped on ice: RIP old phone) the Pre was the best looking and had more options than anything else that my carrier carried.
So, back to the story: I sat for a few days with the kid , looking at every other phone out there and compared...wanting to be completely fair and objective.
1) display (resolution) ... the Pre2 won
2) memory... price wise, at 16GB, the Pre2 won again
3) camera... fairly equal to many at the time
4) keyboard... Again, after both me and the kid having tried the landscape keyboards of others, preferred the portrait keyboard, so again the Pre2 won
5) esthetic... not even a fair fight, the Pre2 is insanely good looking and fits in pockets that other phones can only dream of.
6) apps... being able to see what the catalog holds.. is more than enough for casual users, I simply didn't think having 10000 version of the same apps being a selling point. Sure, more apps would be great as once in a while I wished I could find some things that aren't available for WebOs.
7) removable battery... no contest, the Pre2 has it
8) simplicity of use... WebOs has no competition
9) accessories... the touchstone is a must, as I hate the whole cables thing.
10) multimedia quality
a) audio...the audio via my bluetooth is as good as can be. The biggest issue is the lack of format supported
b) video... very nice, again, the biggest issue is the lack of format supported
11) web browsing... a bit slow overall, but supports just about every web page I look at. This is the one part that a smaller screen is a bit of a pain
12) tethering.. with the Touchpad, it's flawless.
So how does it hold today?...
About the same.. sure newer phones will be faster to open apps, the cameras have evolved, but I've been impressed enough with the Pre2's to use it as a quick and handy camera, as opposed to serious picture taking, which I'll take my DSLR out anyways.
Today's phones are still stuck (for most) at 8 or 16GB (internal), the screen resolution haven't changed really, so overall, everything as per last year still applies, there is yet to be a phone or OS that has managed to make me think otherwise.
The "real" negative:
- they screwed up the map, but alternatives are available
- signal strength, it's antenna isn't the greatest
- lack of apps and support
The fun part,
I have people that notice it ... they all love the form factor, it's size, it's style and when I offer to show more about it, they get the "where can I get one" look... which is sad that I have to inform them of the situation with HP.
HP really dropped the ball....