As you may already know HP has recently bought Palm for a tidy sum of 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS! Ah Palm it really was a shame you couldn’t sell the Pre. It had such good hype and really was a great phone. Its staggered release in Europe and their marketing campaign lead to the ruin of them and as such Palm even severed it’s ties with their digital agency Modernista who were responsible for (take a deep breath) this.
So now that the giant that is HP owns Palm can we hopefully see that beautiful operating system WebOS on the Slate? WebOS by the way is Palm’s awesome multi-tasking, gesture loving operating system that currently ships on all their new shinny devices including of-course the Palm Pre. With HP’s rival Dell delivering an impressive range of Android phones soon, HP have decided to join the game to secure their share in the mobile market. Having WebOS on their side certaintly gives them the home advantage.
Since the iPad was unleashed on the market 1 million units have been sold in the US and pre-orders in the UK are already off to a great start for release date of May 28th (update – pushed back to June 7th now). HP thought they had the upper hand with the Slate providing a fully blown OS (Win 7) but as usual they forgot their target audience. You can’t sell to the average geek anymore, you need to go mainstream! Target the bubble gum chewers, the Tamagotchi crowd, right?!
For 10 months now I have sported an iPhone 3GS, and I have to admit that I finally feel like I’m living in the future holding a friggin’ tricorder! On occasion I find myself just leisurely unlocking the phone with a slide of my finger, scrolling the numerous screens and then locking it again without having any intention to use the device for anything purposeful. The high quality capacitive touch screen, mid-range processor and the phones slick UI really make this phone such a joy to use.
Apple lures us into their minimalistic designed stores and an hour later we leave with a giant smile on our face, an empty wallet, a shiny new toy, and a collection of extremely overpriced third party accessories (I still hate to admit it but I paid £175 for my iPhone and unbelievably forked over £25 for a little piece of plastic to slightly protect only half of the phone). But DAMN do they produce beautiful products. The software/hardware combination is so bespoke and well crafted that it really is just a must have product. So yes the iPhone in its current form is marvellous but what does apple have in store for us next and just how far behind is the rest of the competition?
An open letter written by Steve Jobs has been posted on Apples website citing his reasoning behind not allowing flash on the iPhone/iPad. Jobs seems to be on an absolute tirade to destroy flash on the internet whilst claiming his toys as leading the new revolution of the internet and pronouncing flash as old as the mouse. Take this snippet from the letter:
“Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. ”