That's actually almost a non-problem.
Originally Posted by DarthRepublican
While I agree that a smartphone needs to be instantly available to its user - there is rarely a reason to ever switch it off. And without switching it off - you don't have to boot and the boot time becomes moot.
I always use Airplane mode in cinemas, etc... My Pre keeps going for weeks without booting it.
Having said all that I always wondered why webos takes ages to boot.
Modern full-blown Linux desktop distributions like Ubuntu can now boot in < 20 seconds (with the stated goal for Ubuntu on a netbook to boot in 10).
And that's with a zillion device drivers and services that a smartphone with a small and unchangable set of components will never have to worry about.
The linux kernel is highly customizable and already used in a large percentage of embedded devices (your router, DVR, modern TV, etc...). They custom compile a kernel for that particular device and get rid of all the stuff you only need on a full desktop (where you can plug in any number of graphics cards, printers, storage devices, etc... ).
My sister got a first generation Netbook - eeepc 4G via ebay. CPU 633 MHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB SSD storage - so very close to Pre specs. Sure the eeepc has twice the RAM as the Pre- but the Ubuntu Netbook Remix I installed on that for her is a full desktop OS with way more drivers and services installed (and the 512 MB RAM models like the Pre Plus don't boot that much faaster AFAIKAFAIKAFAIK).
That eeepc boots fairly quickly and she would would have Open Office running before my Pre finishes booting.
TL;DR: Don't boot your Pre. And with Airplane Mode you rarely have to.