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I never understood why HP called their tablet TouchPad. Don’t they realize that a lot of manufacturers are just appending the word ‘Pad’ to their crappy tablets to lure in unfortunate customers? This is simply bad marketing which isn’t a surprise since HP is now the owner.

What pissed me off the most after reading the first reviews of the TouchPad is the negative feedback about the device’s physical hardware. The bulky heavy plasticy smudge-magnet they call a TouchPad. This is all HP’s non-creative dirty work. I am sure Palm’s team had absolutely no hand in the design of the tablet. This has HP’s crappy design signs that we’re all used to seeing all over it.

Haven’t they even compared the size and weight of their TouchPad to whatever is leading in the market (iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc) while the TouchPad was just a blue print? Who ever managed the hardware team should be fired cause he’s dramatically affecting TouchPad sales.

This is really sad news for WebOS. The operating system, as everyone including me always said, has great potential but the hardware has always been pulling it back.

When HP revealed the Veer, I thought they were out of their minds. I thought they pulled another mistake out of the bull-shit bag. From the looks of it, the device is too small to be a smartphone. But then it hit me. HP might be seriously looking into the future of smartphones.

HP knows how important tablets are and with the release of the TouchPad, HP is positioning itself to be the top leader in the tablet market, or at least that’s the plan. The Veer is basically a way to veer people towards owning a TouchPad, hitting two birds with one stone. Genius.

The Veer is an excellent tool (or smartphone) for those who desire having a tablet that goes along with their phone. A companion. It’s a great idea and something I see happening to most smartphone owners eventually.

Having a smartphone alone these days isn’t enough, you need a companion. A tablet. Laptops are heavier, takes longer to load and requires some surface to place it on. A tablet is the next generation of PC portability that just requires your hands.

In my case, I would prefer the Pre 3 since I see myself relying heavily on both my smartphone and my tablet. And getting both devices to play nice together, like sharing links and files in a breeze, is a special and unique feature. You can even call it innovative.

In my opinion, HP has stepped with both feet into the smartphone and tablet markets with the help of WebOS. They owe it all to Palm.

It’s time. It’s ‘the’ day. It’s also ‘D’d day for HP and Palm. ‘D’ as in Delivery day, as in Demo day, as in Dead if they come up short and don’t meet people’s expectations. And also a whole bunch of other ‘D’s if I kept going.

Tomorrow is, you could say, the most important day for Palm’s WebOS. An operating system that never reached its desired and probably deserving potential. It was a great move from HP to buy Palm. Now Palm has a chance to further promote and push WebOS in the market thanks to HP’s never ending cash-flow.

I am really excited to see what Palm is releasing tomorrow. Speculations and rumors say there will be new WebOS devices coming out which I am sure current WebOS owners will appreciate. There might be new smartphones coming from Palm as well as tablets. The more interesting part, obviously, is the tablets since the tablet market is currently dominated by only iPads. Don’t even mention Android. Android Honeycomb tablets haven’t hit the market yet and any Froyo tablet out there should be tossed in the garbage before it further embarrasses their manufacturers.

Tomorrow is the day that marks Palm’s future. Will there be a sneak preview of a new version of WebOS? Will HP/Palm release new smartphones and tablets? Will people have to wait for ever to get their hands on the new devices or will they be available immediately and worldwide? I’ve got many more questions roaming inside my head. Will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.

I really hoped that HP/Palm would be changing the overall hardware design of the Palm Pre 2, but at the same time deep down I didn’t really want to see a radical & dramatical change either. The Palm Pre is what it is. It’s shape and curvature defines it. It’s what makes it the Palm Pre. But what I really wanted to see changed was the screen size. A bit larger wouldn’t have hurt at all. 3.2″ is just a bit on the small side of the screen scale in my opinion.

I do a lot of reading on my Nexus One, and having a large screen really helps and is a lot easy on the eyes. I would’ve imagined Palm going that route with the screen on their second generation device. But oh well, what really makes up for all the device’s hardware drawbacks is the beauty and polishness of the new WebOS 2.0. It’s simply brilliant.

Would’ve loved to be using that card based multitasking on a larger screen. It would really bring out the true beauty within WebOS. But I am guessing HP has tablet plans for WebOS so Palm decided to just beef up the OS and the Pre’s internals.

In general, the Palm Pre 2 has more speed, better screen and a solid polished WebOS to drool over. Not so sure about the keyboard on the new model, I hope they raised the buttons and gave them more feedback. I am waiting to test out a North American GSM model when they arrive in Canada.

What happened to Palm was really sad. Palm had a great product. They worked real hard on WebOS. I imagine they spent millions of dollers in polishing it and making it a great operating system yet the company collapsed due to financial trouble. In my opinion, WebOS should have been a game changer. Something that many consumers would love to run on their smartphone and use on a daily basis. I came so close in buying a Palm Pre but the fact that in was a CDMA phone in Canada was a major deal breaker. Plus the keyboard’s buttons on the Palm Pre were extremely small and barely had any click or feedback when I was testing a demo unit at a Bell Mobility store. The screen was a bit small too. But all these issues were all hardware. The software on the other hand was a huge success in my opinion.

They took multitasking to a whole new level with the cards view. All the built in apps looked highly polished and well thought out when it came to the user interface. WebOS literally made the Palm Pre feel it was years ahead of anything in the market. Palm had an awesome operating system running on mediocre hardware, and that’s how their overall product fell short and appeared outdated right from the start.

I would love to see WebOS running on powerful hardware. Whether it be a smartphone or a tablet. Even if WebOS didn’t have many apps available, that’s not a big issue for many consumers. The important thing is the device’s responsiveness and how well it manages and seamlessly integrates your personal and business life through the built in apps like contatcs, calendar, browser and your internet social circle (Twitter, Facebook, etc). And it does that with great ease right out of the box.


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