09/23/2009, 10:40 PM
As a heart attack.
Originally Posted by DrHeathenScum
Not meaning to hijack thread but my wife and I just finished our contract with Sprint as the Pre was released. Our previous phones were Treo 755p's. Treo's had stagnated through the years but I had a pretty investment in software that was nice carrying forward. Here were the things that I/we needed:
- As good or better integration with contacts, calendars etc.
- Phone software that was stable. Even the 755p's would act up more than I liked and I tired from playing tech support for the wife years ago.
- Better email than the package I'd purchased for the Treo's. Chattermail was abandoned shortly after Palm purchased it. $60 Down the drain for software that started rebooting the treo when trying to access gmail.
- Browser that was usable.
- Way for wife to purchase software/media content (maintain phone) without me being involved. I knew what 'spoofing' would lead to. 'Honey' how come I can't ____ anymore?
(and a couple of others, but you get the point).
No one wants Palm to do better than me. As others have stated - 'competition benefits the end users'.
But competition against Apple ALONE will not win. Excellent (maybe even perfect) execution of a platform/release will be needed to compete with Apple.
Since I'm on top of this box, I might as well state that I believe Palm is making a 'HUGE' mistake with Pixie as well. In my opionion, Pixie should be a better Pre than the Pre. Learn from your mistakes and correct your problems quickly but above all - Don't strip features, add them.
Yes, I understand Pre owners may get upset, but this is for the survival of the company. Palm can always reward early adopters another way. Right now, the reward is (roll the dice ... wait for it) what kind of build quality replacement unit do I get when this phone breaks.
Apple hasn't needed to go 'backwards' with any phone model so far. The lack of mechanical movements have contributed to the build quality of the iPhone. No keyboard. Software drives language keyboard, 3 mechanical switches, etc. The Pixie should eliminate one huge source of problem reports.
Palm can't win by discounting their flagship phone 50% only 3 months after it is released. Followup with 'here comes Centro' all over again.
If you can't knock Apple off it's perch, then go for RIM. With work, the Pixie could at least be a better 'berry than the Tours, Bolds, Curves, etc. RIM's app store is no better than Palms. So far, the Pre's roll-out has reminded me of one RIM - the Storm (though Palm has provided better support).
To the Op (and others) - sorry for the Diatribe.