Palm has finally released a smartphone that will compete with the iPhone and has some great innovations built into it. Also, they introduced their new Operating System — WebOS based on Linux. It is being introduced on Sprint, I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. It will run on their 3G (EVDO) network.
My plans this year are to upgrade to a smartphone. I wanted to give the competition enough time to come up with something competitive to the iPhone, but they seem like they just don’t get it. I mean is it that difficult? Apple has shown the way, so figure it out and do it better. Two years later after the iPhone we finally got the Google phone on Tmobile. Not a great deal of advertising, and it seems to have generated very little enthusiasm — to date I don’t know anyone that owns one. I do think that the Google phone has the right plan and over time will show itself to be a real competitor, but for now maybe the wrong carrier, or lack of advertising.
You see Apple also knows that with great products you need great marketing. Remember when the first ipod came out? MP3 players where nothing new, but boy did Apple figure out how to package and market it and everyone knew about it. Just like everyone knows about the iPhone.
I think finally we have a competitor that is not afarid to go head up with the iPhone juggernut — the Palm Pre with it’s new WebOS. I am not going to post the pros and cons since I don’t have one. But I will say this I am very impressed with what I have seen and read. Also it was a good move by Palm to hire Jon Rubinstein ex-senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division, and the electrical engineer who was instrumental in the creation of the iPod.
Here are a few links that may be of interest: