If managed properly, it can be one of the great devices of our decade. For nearly 15 years Palm has produced products that have made noteworthy improvements in personal productivity.
Ingenious software and overall design :
The things that have impressed me most about the Palm Pre is:
- The hardware design : I love the touch screen interface, the query keyboard, and the overall feel of the slide design. After two years I still love how the device feels in my hand, its like holding an egg with a keyboard and internet access.
- The software design : For me this was the deal breaker between buying a Palm Pre vs an Apple iphone or Android phone. As a consumer of productivity, getting the Palm Pre was a no-brainer (when I buy most of my products, I’m purchasing for use of at least 5 years). I loved how the screen displayed the cards, and how I could put multiple cards on the screen. The best part of the Palm Pre software is how excellently it meshed with Google software/programs, the main ones in particular: Google calendar, and contacts (and I know everyone on planet earth who has ever bought a Palm Pre feels this way). While the search engine was a plus, I usually went to the Google mobile site, which is still a really good experience on the phone. The ease of usability, and the ability to query from anywhere, and how easy and excellently it meshed with Google over the web makes the Palm Pre well worth the investment.
First Mistake: Poor Hardware
I have the first Palm Pre, and I don’t know how many times I have had to replace my phone in the last two years. Although the overall design is excellent, the original hardware looks and feels cheap. Keep in mind, those insults don’t come across your mind until, say after about the 3rd time of replacing the device. Like I said earlier: “its like holding an egg with a keyboard and internet access.”
Second Mistake: Terrible App Store
I hate to tell you, but that app store sucks. You don’t have enough of a variety, and whoever ran that department did a poor, poor, poooooor job in marketing how the app store would increase productivity (which is really the preference of your target fan base, in my opinion). You’re device is a fun way to be Productive , stop trying to directly compete with the iphone … geeeeze.
Regroup Rethink Retool:
Improve the Quality of the hardware :
- Improve the hardware… nuff said. Make it resistant to everything except my touch, … that’s not that hard right?
Adapt the WebOS software around Android App Store :
- If the decision where in my hands I would break a deal with Google, adjust the WebOS so that that it would be compatible with Android App store (in theory, I don’t know if this is possible). If Palm Pre is to have its place in the consumer market, please do us all a favor and get rid of that stupid app store. Nobody likes it. And yes, we all understand you were trying to get your hands in on the app store wave that was going on. But lets face it, you were already light years behind Apple and Google when you brought the product out the public. … but keep Hombrew going. We need Homebrew, thats one of the only reasons why I’m still hanging on to my original Palm Pre.
Take advantage of the current leaps in Palm Pre innovation:
- Me being an inventor of some sorts, if I were to adapt the Palm Pre to do my biddings, I would create a miniature Palm Pre smart watch (similar to the new ipod nanos), that would update its calendar and task reminders by tapping the device to my Palm Pre phone. I’m just saying … make that product for me HP Palm, I already have the design on paper. Call me old fashioned, but I still think watches will still be relevant 30 years from now … Why: because looking at your phone is taboo in the workforce, its considered slacking off, no matter what the legit reasons are. However, looking at your watch is still an acceptable social thing to do, its quick an easy to glace at your watch without anyone being noticeably offended. I’m not suggesting you make a phone watch, just a productivity watch that is compatible with the Pre phone itself, similar to how the WebOS tablet is compatible with the Palm Pre phone. Just sayin… consider the possibilities.
Palm Pre was once known for its ability to help professionals become more productive, and in the midst of the Apple iphone era Palm has sort of lost its way and stopped focusing its investments on what made it a popular device in the first place. HP I employ you to go back to grass roots of what made Palm a great option for consumers. In spite of the current trends, we still want that special device that helps improve and simplify productivity.
In conclusion, keep Palm Pre, loose the app store, don’t mesh the phone with your printers (not a good investment), and invent me a Palm Pre watch!
… Further more, … and better yet, hire me! … I’m just sayin…
a Loyal Customer