Isn't that kind of sad though? besides the fact that it's a bit of an FU to those that have been loyal for one reason or the other over the years, it's also a lost opportunity to really one up the likes of the iphone, storm, touch and gphone. Everything with palm has always been about 6 months to a year behind where we thought they should be, and always a few steps behind of where we thought they should be. So regardless of who's pulling the strings, why should we expect it to be any different?
Not necessarily sure abandoning the Palm OS was a complete FU to the current palm owners. I think the fact that writing programs for the new WebOS is that easy, programs that were worthwhile for the PalmOS will be easily written for the WebOS. Take the medical industry, I know plenty of docs that still use Palm. Some have migrated to the iPhone because they could finally get some of their programs for it. But outside of the fun gimmicky stuff, they aren't that happy with it. They don't want to stick with the same old boring palmOS phones. They've done it for how long now? Watching lackluster incremental upgrade after incremental upgrade. They're tired of incremental upgrades. They want the sexy new phones. They still have some loyalty to Palm. I had no less than six docs ask me about the Pre. So why wouldn't those software companies write their programs for the Pre? Especially when they can probably do things with the new OS that they couldn't do with the Palm OS. There should be more doors opening with this new OS. So if the program was worthwhile before, someone will write it and improve on it for the WebOS.
In regards to the other features. Storm, gphone and Touch all have card slots and sync via desktop. Add the iphone into the desktop syncing column. So why would you make a revolutionary device that is long overdue and destined to raise you from the ashes yet leave out basic features the phones you're competing against have? Why tie yourself to a new concept without a backdoor in regards to syncing? As someone else mentioned, while many might have gmail or yahoo mail, they're not using either for a PIM. And many of these new people they're marketing too probably use outlook, but have no clue what an exchange server is.
If I was building from the ground up, I'd do my best to keep the current customer base while appealing to a new one. I'd take the best of what I'm competing against and incorporate into my own product while trying to have a few things they don't have. I think the cloud concept with no backdoor goes against their newly intended target market. Hearing everyone here talk about cloud syncing and all their different online PIM's and exchange servers just seems to reinforce the fact that they are dialed in to their new target market since even some here aren't dialed in on it, and we're supposed to be the exception.
The idea that people for business will get a Treo Pro is wrong. I think the intro of all these touch based phones has people moving away from updated versions of tried and true. They want sleek and sexy even if they need it for business. They're tired of the old even if it has been detailed with a new coat of paint.
So while the Pre will be a pretty damn good device and will be the first of hopefully many, it doesn't seem like it would've taken much to make it great. Or am I just talking out of my a** because even if it had a card slot, local sync and even a d-pad, we'd find something else to rant and complain about as we speculate away?
Originally Posted by ADGrant