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When asked why the Palm Pre has no memory expansion slot, its Product Manager, Matt Crowley said,

“Design was the highest goal on the Palm Pre project. The phone has to look and function great in the hand and up against the face on a call. The decision to include or not include expandable storage is an easy one when design is the highest priority. The physical size of the device would have been compromised if we added another physical component to Pre. Just a millimeter can seriously impact the curvature of the design in a way that minimizes the design intent. We wanted to maintain a slick curved slider design without building out too much thickness.”

I say … what an excuse.

It’s just like someone in the auto industry saying “We have designed this Porsche to drive at a maximum speed of 100km/h because we want this car to have a mileage of 50litres/km”

The issue here is whether you want to or don’t want to include memory expansion in the design. Don’t put the blame on the design. If the excuse was that 8GB would be sufficient for even for power users and they see no need for an expansion slot, I would accept that as a real valid explanation. I will get the impression that the Palm people understand their product and know is capabilities.

Reading an excuse as given by Palm above, a negative image started to develop in my mind … perhaps, the operating system, this WebOS, at present, could not cope with anything more than 8GB.

Well, that’s just me ….

 

via Engadet

palm-pre-qwerty-po-lGet the salt shaker guys ….

The GSM version of the palm Pre could (I say could) be announced in February.

If this were to be true, we’d have to wait a few more months before the Pre gets officially launched here in Malaysia. But, knowing Malaysians, I bet I could get one arountd KL, a couple of weeks after the units are put on sale in the US/Europe. The price would be at a large premium, but it would be available for those who like to be “I’m the first to get to use the Palm Pre” sort of guy. 😀

Like the G1 Android phone … I got to play with one at a mall near my home roughly a week after it was officially launched in the US (the unit was not charged, so I couldn’t get it to switch on, though).

 

via Engadget

Here’s what the ‘acting’ Apple boss, Tim Cook, had to say about the competition with iPhone … [from Engadget]

palm-pre-qwerty-po-3Q: “There are other iPhone competitors coming to the market: Android, Palm Pre. How do you think about sustaining leadership in the face of these competitors?”

A: “It’s difficult to compare to products that are not yet in the market. iPhone has seen terrific rating from customers. Software is the key ingredient, and we believe that we are years ahead of our competitors. Having different screen sizes, different input methods, and different hardware makes things difficult for developers. We view iPhone as primarily a software platform, which is different from our competitors. We don’t mind competition, but if others rip off our intellectual property, we will go after them.”

then …

Q: “The Palm device seems to directly emulate the iPhone’s innovative interface. Is that what you’re referring to?”

A: “We don’t want to refer to any specific companies, so that was a general statement. We like competition because it makes us better, but we will not stand for companies infringing on our IP.”

What do you think?

I think Apple is not playing nice … yeah, Cook said competition make then (Apple) better, but then stresses about going after those infringing its intellectual property.

Hmmm … contradicting statements,  isn’t it?

Here’s my take.

Apple is feeling some pressure with the announcement of the Palm Pre. The iPhone ‘was’ a one of a kind phone that captured the heart of many of its users but now, the iPhone has serious competition. Cook did not mention Palm directly but, reading between the lines, that’s what most people would think after reading the statement. I guess, if Cook, or Apple, is true to their words, then, they’d take this opportunity to change or improve on the iPhone. Apple might have a patent to the “multi touch interface” but I find it counter productive if this were to be enforced strictly. If the entre code to the operating system is ripped off, there could be a valid issue to take action on, legally. But, what if, based on the concept, another company designed a different way to achieve a similar outcome? Perhaps, a better way. I’d say it’s innovation. Innovation is not a new invention, but a way to make use of current inventions to work better.

The main issue I see here is about money. Innovation and being productive has nothing to do with this. Apple, as a company, has the right to protect it’s income, but at what price? I believe, putting a block on innovation and improvement in technology will only keep us back, slow down our progress.

I wonder, if Colonel Sanders patented the pressure frying chicken, would KFC take legal action on all the families that fried chicken the same way at their homes. If the Colonel did, the only way people could enjoy a fried chicken would be at a KFC outlet … that’s wouldn’t be nice.

So, let’s all play nice.

palm-pre-qwerty-po-lJust after a few days after I bought a new phone …

Anyway, I welcome the news. This is Palm’s new PalmOS2, Nova, running under the hood. I like the design,  the slider keyboard, but personally I think the N97 slide/flip keyboard is way cooler.

Here’s the spec from Palm as reported by PalmInfoCenter.

 

  • High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320×480 resolution HVGA display
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
  • Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • High-performance, desktop-class web browser
  • Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • 8GB of internal user storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
  • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D) [2.35 inches (W) x 3.96 inches (L, closed) x 0.67 inches (D)]
  • Weight: ~135 grams [4.76 ounces]

It’ didn’t say if it has a slot for additional storage though, but with 8GB of internal storage, it might not have one. Going the way of the ipod touch, perhaps.

Looking at this screenshot, the looks is totally different from the old Garnet based devices. It looks good, and might just be the device that’ll save Palm.

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Hopefully this Plam Pre doesn’t follow the way of the Foleo, only to be cancelled a few months after it’s grand announcement.

More photos of the Palm Pre here. And preview video at Gizmodo.

Palm on History Channel

Posted: 24 December, 2008 in Gadgets & Toys
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Palm may not be as popular as before but the handheld gadget brought us the meaning of mobile computing. Palm, the PDA and the company gets its another few minutes of fame on History Channels Modern Marvels series. Here’s a clip of the episode …

I have to check when is this episode going to be aired on our local ASTRO channel 555.

 

Palm finally has a new OS. The company that started the PDA and revolutionize palmtop computing is really behind in keeping up with technology.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Palm Powered devices just that it’s been so long and Palm still remains as it is while other players in the industry are moving so fast to integrate the latests technology in their OSes  … Windows Mobile is at version 6 already. I lost count of how many improvements Symbian has made.

Perhaps this upcoming Palm Nova could help the already weak company.

Here’s the news I picked up from Gizmodo. (more…)