Originally Posted by AsianBob
Ouch... I believe overall, the lack of apps for it is probably what kept customers from getting it (and that the iPhone was available on the same network). webOS is a very good, unique OS. It's just that there's a lack of things to use on it.
I wonder what would happen if Google buy out Palm and merges the two OSs together.
The truth is also that the phone isn't as good as some seem to think it is.
For example, I have a friend who isn't married, and has lots of cash. He has about five phones several from different carriers, because he's a tech freak. He's much worse than I am about this. He's got a Pre, which he lent me for two days some time ago.
The phone really isn't that great. I'm about as informed as anyone, and read plenty about the phone and WebOS on all the sites, along with all the reviews. Still, when it came to using the device, I found it to be confusing. You really do have to be willing to play with it for awhile before many things become clear, and you should read the manual, because there are a number of things you won't properly understand without it.
Is this a teckie phone? You bet it is! I'm sure that when most people go into Sprint's stores, and now Verizon's stores, and start to play with the phone, they won't figure out how it works. They'll drop it and look at another.
In addition, I don't know whether it's primarily the small 3.1" screen, the quality of the touchscreen itself, the software drivers for it, or some combination, but it's just not as good as the iPhone screen when making selections. For example, when selecting a link on Safari that's very small, say, .25" by much less in height, surrounded by others, I almost always can select the one I want. But in the exact same situation, comparing both phones side by side, I can make that selection less than half the time using the Pre. I work with very small components when building things, so i'm pretty good about that. But the Palm's screen just doesn't work as well.
The phone is no faster than my 3G at most things, and is even slower in a number of areas. It's way slower than the competing 3GS.
Lastly, the keyboard is pretty bad. I know that some people seem to like it, but it's clumsy. The edges do get in the way, and when hitting the top row of keys, it's easy to hit the bottom of the screen portion of the phone above it, and slip to the wrong key.
All of that, which is in addition to the bad publicity from the cracked screens, jerky keyboard opening and closing, brightness problems, and the rest, hasn't helped.
Then there's the Pixi. The screen is not only slightly lower in resolution, 400 x 320 vs 480 x 320, but the screen is even narrower that the one on the Pre, despite the same horizontal resolution. Then, it uses even slower hardware.
Plus, there's little software, and much of what's there isn't very good when compared to what's available on the iPhone.
So, why aren't they selling?
You tell me.