Originally Posted by solipsism
BTW, thanks for that </sarcasm>
If Sprint hadn't unexpectedly withdrawn its investment and support after having played it up so much, we would have been fine. After all, we can't go by unexpected developments. Then they had second thoughts, and came back in. Who expected that either? Clearwire's stock had been moving up very nicely, and after the big drop was creeping back to the levels we had bought it at. If you didn't sell too quickly, you would have been at about the place you started in.
You can only go on what you know, and by what seems likely. What Sprint did wasn't likely, and proving that, they had those second thoughts. Now, it seems, they're basing their entire strategy on it.
But now it also seems to be too late. Sprint went from a growing company when they were first involved with this, to a company that's in danger of going under and having the parts sold off.
Based on all the info I’ve read on WebOS it will be lighter, but will also be more limited in functionality because of the nature of the OS. The question is, will it satisfy the needs of enough users to be a win for Sprint and Palm?
like with all other smartphones, this will be compared to what the iPhone can do. If this came out before the 3G, and OS 2, it would be the new standard that the iPhone would have had to match and better.
But it's the other way around. If iPhone apps can do things these can't, then that's a big problem. If iPhone apps can be bigger, and more complex, such as with games, then that's a big problem.
Owners of the Pre will be looking at what comes out for it, and whether it matches what is coming out on the iPhone.
They also have a lot of catching up to do. I don't think the emulation is going to be quite as good as some are assuming it will be. Older apps have a lot of reliance on the hardware. I assume, from what we're learning about the Pre and WebOS, that much of that will be abstracted. It's like Apple's emulators. Something has to give.