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  1. #21  
    Only way this will happen is an all touchscreen device. I don't see Palm making a horizontal keyboard phone as they seem to have a one handed design philosophy, which I love. A 320x480 with keyboard candybar style, that would be one long device, or one tiny device with a too small screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LupeValenz View Post
    Only way this will happen is an all touchscreen device. I don't see Palm making a horizontal keyboard phone as they seem to have a one handed design philosophy, which I love. A 320x480 with keyboard candybar style, that would be one long device, or one tiny device with a too small screen.
    I agree w/ you about not being able to see Palm making a horizontal slider. But I also think they won't make a pure slab (ala iphone), at least not yet. They're just too invested in the 'our phone has a real keyboard' argument of why their phones are better.

    I just don't think it's impossible, ergonomically, to make a 320x480 full qwerty candybar w/ the right screen size (not as big as a pre, slightly bigger than a pixi). It would make for a longer phone than the pixi, but not as long as the pre with the keyboard extended. I would make the argument that if it's ok to make a large phone with a large screen, like the HTC HD2, it should be ok to make a (probably somewhat) smaller phone with a medium size screen and a full exposed keyboard.

    Somebody did a mockup in another thread of what the next palm phone could look like (would post the link, but I don't have enough posts...). It has the pixi's resolution w/ a slightly larger screen but I think you could easily take that idea and add 80 pixels to it and come up with a fine looking phone. Maybe you couldn't do *everything* one-handed, but I would bet it would be generally easier to operate one-handed than the current pre.

    Here's the (almost) link to the other thread - just add 'http:' + '//forums.precentral.net' to the beginning:
    future-palm-devices/213028-quick-mockup-what-i-think-next-palm-phone-will-look-like.html
  3. #23  
    Apple's way is not the best, by any stretch. No virtual keyboard, no landscape slider.

    Palm has revolutionized text input in the past, they can do it again.
  4. #24  
    Ugh, I am not a fan of the touchscreen keyboard as the only option.

    I have never used a landscape slider but I am open to the idea.
  5. #25  
    Prolly not... I don't see how it could be designed without looking awkwardly tall, and I wouldn't like something that's basically and always-open Pre...
  6. #26  
    FLIP!

    and as far as one handed philosophy...are you guys talking about now or always?

    cause what's one handed about a stylus touchscreen?
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    #27  
    Quote Originally Posted by GoTitans View Post
    I don't think this style would be good for gaming. It would be awkward. The only way I see a bigger screen coming to WebOS is if they do I droid style phone with the keyboard coming out from side OR an all touchscreen phone.
    I for one hate horizontal sliders. It kills one hand usages. How can you pop open the phone in one hand, much less than typing one hand? With vertical slider, I can open the phone in one hand and start typing.

    For OP's question, I would consider such a design, but I am more concerned about processing power than screen size. Processor and memory are big factor on a multitask system, because it would never be enough. It is a matter of how many apps you can open at the same time.
    Palm V -> Treo 600 (lost) -> Treo 650 -> Centro -> Pre -> Photon
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    Quote Originally Posted by saluki42 View Post
    Ugh, I am not a fan of the touchscreen keyboard as the only option.

    I have never used a landscape slider but I am open to the idea.
    I've used several over the span of years, as well as several portrait keyboards. You don't have to take my word, but landscape does suck.
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    #29  
    This is the best form factor they can ever imagine.
    Its pocketable, sleek, solid, good screen size and what not.
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