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  (Source: HP/Palm)

HP's Palm Pre 2 features webOS 2.0 and improved internals, but only packs a tiny 3.1-inch 320x480 display.  (Source: HP/Palm)
New device features a tiny 320x480 and won't launch in the U.S. until next month -- what is HP thinking?

Today Palm ended weeks of speculation unveiling the Palm Pre 2 (previously code-named Mansion) and its new webOS 2.0.  HP has shown its hand and it appears as underwhelming at best.

On the surface the device itself seems reasonably well-equipped, containing the kind of high-end hardware you'd find on a high-end Android phone.  The phone packs a 1 GHz processor (doubling the original Pre's processor which was underclocked to 500 MHz).  The camera is bumped from 3 MP to 5 MP.  Memory holds steady at 512 MB -- the same as the Pre Plus.  And the Flash storage -- 16 GB -- is also identical to the Pre Plus'.

The biggest disappointment is the screen.  The Pre 2 still packs the same 3.1-inch 320x480  HVGA display as its predecessor, at a time when Android and Apple have graduated to higher resolutions.  Other potential downside is the lack of microSD support and the lack of support for the latest/fastest 802.11n wireless standard.

If this was Hewlett-Packard's grand scheme to use its recent acquisition Palm to make a splash on the smart phone market, something seems to be missing. 

Compare Palm's launch today with Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 7 next month and you'll realize that Palm is at a distinct disadvantage.  Palm only has one new handset -- Microsoft has nine (as does Android, for that matter).  Palm supports apps (including Angry Birds and Oprah Mobile!), Skype, Bluetooth, and VPN, but Microsoft is expected to support these things as well (and Android already does).

One of the only advantages that Palm holds over Microsoft is that webOS 2.0, features a refined version of true multitasking, which is available for both third party and built-in apps.  Windows Phone 7 is expected to only support multitasking for built-in apps, not for third party apps.  Then again, the iOS and Android platforms already support true multitasking, so Palm is hardly in a league of its own here.

The success or failure of the Pre 2 ultimately matters little to HP, other than perhaps as a matter of pride (it's chief rival Dell is designing/launching multiple upcoming Android and Windows Phone 7 smart phones).  HP can afford to sustain Palm even if the experiment isn't working out, in interest of one day trying to conquer the phone market.

But in the face of a fast-advancing smart phone market, HP needs to do something at some point if it ever wants to get ahead -- more handsets -- better hardware than its competitors -- some decisive advantage.  That something is not the Palm Pre 2 -- a single smart phone with a tiny, low-resolution screen and lack of brand recognition. 

But HP seems determined to go its own way and will launch the device into the packed market anyways.  The Pre 2 will launch Friday in France and in "coming months" in the United States and Canada.


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RE: Interum Release
By dsumanik on 10/20/2010 5:24:58 AM , Rating: 0
Heres a little rant for th OP's above, and by all means all you Apple vs MS vs Google fanboi's listen up too:

While I sure do love the tech sector as a whole, and its evolution over the years has been extraordinary to witness. Unfortunately, I am often forced to question what it is exactly about this field that attracts so many dysfunctional weaklings?

Other hobbies I have, such as Thai Boxing and motorcycles... the communties around these activities are so friendly, it's really more like a brotherhood.

The little exchanges like the one between the idiots above make me embarrassed to work in the IT sector, and quite frankly embarrassed i even read this website.

FFS SERIOUSLY DUDES WHERES YOUR COMMON SENSE?

NO ONE, ESPECIALLY HP'S CUSTOMERS, GIVE A RATS ASS ABOUT THE BIT DEPTH.

YOU BOTH NEED TO LEARN THAT TRYING TO ASSERT SOME PATHETIC MISPLACED FORM OF DOMINANCE BY ENGAGING IN INCESSANT AND POINTLESS ARGUMENT, DOES IN FACT BRING YOU:

ZERO RESPECT
ZERO CONFIDENCE
ZER0 STATUS
ZERO GAIN
ZERO PUSSY

YOU WILL HAVE LIMITED SUCCESS WITH WOMEN, CAREER, AND FINANCE IN LIFE UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND THESE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS:

1)

ITS A MOTHER EFFING CELLPHONE WHAT IS THERE TO ARGUE ABOUT???

2)

WHEN/IF YOU WIN THE "ARGUMENT" WHAT DO YOU WIN?

3)

YOU DONT IMPRESS ANYONE TRYING TO *ANONYMOUSLY* PROVE SOME RANDOM STRANGER WRONG, YOU NEVER DID, YOU NEVER WILL. YOU CANT EVEN TAKE CREDIT FOR YOUR EFFORTS. YOU'RE JUST SOME LETTERS ON A SCREEN.

TO ALL THE DYSFUNCTIONAL FOOLS OUT THERE IN INTERNET LAND TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR LACK OF SELF CONFIDENCE IN THE REAL WORLD.... THIS IS JUST FOR YOU:

*PIMPSLAP*


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