HP Pre 3 and WebOS 2.0: Personal Thoughts
February 9th was a big day for me in the smartphone world: it was the day when Hewlett-Packard, who recently acquired Palm, announced a new line of phones and a tablet.
When the Pre was launched a few years ago, I really fell in love with WebOS's clean interface and beautiful multitasking capability. At the time I was using a Blackberry 8900 running OS 4.6, so I guess anything other than a Blackberry felt amazing. However, back then the Pre was a badly-built shiny plastic device that didn't feel anything like the iPhone killer we all expected. WebOS was also in its very early stages, with the application store being (virtually) empty; it also had other annoying issues, such as no video capture. Despite all this, the one thing that WebOS had back then was potential for success. A lot of people will disagree with me, but I looked at the Pre all those years ago and was pretty disappointed, but convinced myself that in a few years this OS will be a winner.
I liked WebOS so much that I was sad to hear the news that Palm may be going bust, but also glad when HP bought them. Finally, with proper backing from a huge company, Palm could turn WebOS and their phones into the devices they should have been. At HP's "Think Beyond" press event, they not only released a new Pre (the aptly named Pre 3), but a tablet and smaller smartphone along with it. A very cool feature of WebOS 2.0 is HP Synergy, which allows a user to wirelessly connect their WebOS device to their WebOS tablet (in this case the HP TouchPad). This allows the user to send text messages and email from the phone, via their tablet. It also allows them to access the information on their device, from their tablet.Continued on the next page