Good post Solar, cool name; reminds me of old school pro wresling.
Originally Posted by solar_plexus
As for mobihand's current top five:
USB Modem: I'm pretty sure I saw on Pre specs or description that it will be able to be used as a modem out of the box.
CallRecord: I absolutely love this program but I'm concerned we won't see something like this on the Pre for a while because programs won't have access to low-level functions? Please tell me if I'm wrong but isn't this exactly the type of thing that was easy to do with Garnet because of how open the OS/phone are?
Touch Launcher: Is this the type of program that Rubenstein and gang looked at to see how we wanted to use our device and built that idea into the core of how the Pre works? Way to react to what people need, not tell them what they need...unlike the fruit people.
Butler: Another great example of the ability to tweak core hardware functions. One of the very best reasons to own a Treo; total customization possibilities. On one hand I'm sure the Pre will be slicker out of the box so we won't feel the need to tweak as much, but if we want to will we have that ability through 3rd party aps? Early indications are that they will lock down those core functions from new apps?
Softkick Audio Gateway: I don't know what this is. Audio streaming over a network? If that's the case then the Pre should revolutionize that type of thing.
As for the PIM-type apps, my favorite programs are available on the different platforms already. It's not like Garnet has any special ability to run something that WM/blackberry can't when it comes to Bonsai, ListPro, eWallet, clocks, calculators, diet/exercise trackers, etc. I can't think of any program I have that won't be very nicely updated into WebOS.
It's the intregration with the core PIM (like Bonsai can talk to Palm tasks) and the low level phone access (Butler, CallRec) that I'm concerned about. As long as WebOS lets me totally customize my PIM experience instead of making me conform to whatever their default system is I'll be very ecstatic.
If I can't customize Pre like I can Treo to make it specifically MY device, I will still upgrade but probably always long for the simple Garnet days of making it be whatever I wanted it to be. I'm hoping for all upside and that Palm doesn't forget what it's special sauce used to be.