Faulbaer's Schlafmulde :: english :: technology :: ipad, iphone and the pre
2010.04.12, 09:29

ipad, iphone and the pre

I'm really looking forward to the ipad. not only that but actually signing up to become an iphone/ipad developer again - although it didn't get me too far last time I believe this time it's going to be different. there are things missing from the ipad - things I need ^_^

the only downside there is to longing for the ipad right now would be to be european as there neither is an official release-date for even the entry-level ipad nor is there a price. also there is no official word about the 3g version not to be sim- or netlocked - so let's hope for the best.

for some days or so I considered to buy the basic ipad although I'd rather be completely mobile and independent from tethering - not that my uk-based jailbroken blacksnowed iphone would tether properly anyway - for that I can only use my palm pre. no - it's going to be the 3g version. I have a 'spare' o2 data-flatrate sim that I got with my little asus eee pc netbook that the ipad is going to replace.

a propos palm pre - apparently they're broke - again. this is a major disappointment but not so much of a surprise to be honest. it's not that the pre didn't have potential or that the marketing was all wrong. even (at least in germany) they picked the perfect partner for the pre. but there were some major issues that added up had to lead into disaster:

- the device had been oversold, the pre never really came close to the iphone in terms of hardware or software and it couldn't really do what had been advertised

- promises were broken when the pre didn't connect to itunes - it's not as if there wasn't a way to get information out of itunes, the palm people just didn't get it done. why the hell didn't they supply their mac-users with a proper sync-app for the pre?

- communication issues and jobs only partially done - they shipped far too early but didn't really fix the device afterwards. I still can't properly backup my pre to my mac or to the network or to anywhere. the touch-stone charger is a great idea but without wireless synchronization it becomes an annoyance. even bluetooth protocals only have been implemented half-way. I still can't browse my pre's filesystem via bluetooth - why not?

- quality has been a big issue with the device as my battery is almost always dead after less than a day and the device has been replaced two times after dying on me - within the first month as I recall. also the device doesn't feel properly built, the keyboard-layout could be much better and the responsiveness as well as the precision of the touch-screen are less than mediocre

- the software did introduce some good ideas but since most of those great features hadn't been implemented properly the device couldn't be a success. both - iphone os as well as android have caught on with web-os. there isn't much left only the palm can do - and whatever challenges the competitors solved they did a better job at it than palm did.

actually I think the whole approach might have been flawed. it's easy to conclude that afterwards, I know that, but I think what palm should have done to compete against the iphone as well as against android would have been a much more open policy. they should have aimed applications at communication like sip-telephony, skype, jabber and maybe even some clients for the major blog-platforms. also they should have marketed tethering earlier and the quality should have been on par with at least their past products like the palm Vx or the palm tungsten or even better the ones of their competitors, the iphone or the ipod touch.

they should have opened their store right from the beginning and there shouldn't have been delays in shipping os-updates to outside the united states. why palm closed down their us-store to european customers is also an unsolved riddle to me. making developers pay for submitting applications to the store still doesn't seem right to me.

I'm very interested into who is going to buy the pre and what the next owner is going to do with web-os, the pre and how they are going to try to compete with apple and google. traditionally palm is a closed platform like apple has been. their attempts of licensing the palm platform didn't work out too well. palm might have missed their window of opportunity to become a strong competitor to apple on their locked-in turf but they still might have a shot at the open market where google is king of the hill right now - in the open market it's ok to just be good enough for a lower price as linux and windows have shown us over and over again - there nobody needs to be perfect.

Faulbaer (cheap but acceptable is the new perfect)

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