Sprint will be seeing new Palm devices in the near future?
As we near HP/Palm’s eventual event next week, where they’ll more than likely unveil some new webOS products, we’re starting to hear the faint whispers of them partnering with Sprint once again. It’s being reported that Sprint is letting their corporate customers know that they’ll be carrying new Palm products some time in the future. Not just one apparently, but we might see more this time around – possibly the Palm Pre 2 or some other unknown device. Furthermore, it sounds like some sort of Palm tablet will be making its way down to Sprint as well.
It’s fine and dandy that Sprint is giving Palm a second shot at their business, but we’ll surely know more surrounding this exciting round of speculation as we near HP/Palm’s special event next week.
1. Sprint Employee (unregistered)
...palm sucks...who cares?
11. Unregistered (unregistered)
Huh, way to represent Sprint with your garbage comment.
17. jbash (Posts: 342; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
i agree with sprint employee. I also work for sprint, and when 4 out of 5 palms sold returned is not good for business. Palm's image is also not the greatest in most customerts eyes.
21. Sprint User (unregistered)
As a Sprint employee you would think your comments include more than just random, inept thoughts. Yes the hardware on the Pre was crap but WebOS itself is top notch in the multi-tasking arena and quite durable.
Look at other Palm devices prior to the Pre. Every company has a POS at one point in time or another. But Palm has always been innovative since the days of their PDAs.
2. Landmarkcm (Posts: 497; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Hmm Im kinda iffy because if that device in the video is a phone as shown here in a longer versionhttp://www.engadget.com/2011/0
2/02/palm-think-beyond-teaser-for-next-weeks-event-shows-off-glimp/It doesn't look like theres even a flash for the camera not a good sign because the phones should come LOADED. Unless it's hidden and if it is a phone sure looks chunky. We shall see if its enough for me to want to give up my EvoShift. I know Sprint is holding off committing to them until they see what they have to offer..
3. Zee1 (unregistered)
Palm does suck. So much so that they nearly went under if it wasn't for HP. So I am not sure why they (Palm) think they will succeed. I could see if they went back to the drawing board and came back with ground breaking new software or some kind of new hardware design but no they didn't. They are the same Palm that almost went under using the exact same OS just with some minor upgrades and what do they have to show for it? The Palm Pre 2.....More of the same, the same of the Palm Pre that didn't do so hot. Now they are talking about tablets? Give it up Palm. Come up with something good this time or stop just trying. And for good sakes adopt a touch screen keyboard in your OS
6. E.N. (Posts: 2578; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
You guys are all such haters. Palm's OS didn't suck. You guys are just kissing android's butt if you really think that. The problem with the Palm was that their application store didn't catch on and not many people bought into it. Just because it didn't sell well doesn't mean it sucked. Palm's device was pretty groundbreaking. I'm not saying it was the best phone, but it did many things better than Android and iOS. How can you look at their cards and multitasking thingy and say that it sucked? Everybody was pretty amazed by the Pre.
I feel like Palm was probably the only company that Apple was actually worried about. Apple and Palm were fighting back and forward with the iTunes syncing thing, the Palm's web browser and touch screen technology was just as fluid as iPhone (and not jerky like Android is still to this day), their syncing options were awesome, and their multitasking was what I'd call "true true true multitasking."
I hope they keep fighting to get back into the game and I bet their tablet will be killer. But I wouldn't expect the likes of you to understand. All you guys care about is "customization" and "freedom".
8. Zee1 (unregistered)
First. Nobody mentioned Android. But since you did it is clear you are butt hurt over Androids success.
Secondly if it didn't sell that means it sucks from both a Customer point of view and Carrier point of view. Meaning less apps and support for the Customer and less money for the Carrier.
Third there you go again talking about Android. As far as Android being jerky those days are long gone. Maybe if you pick up a low end Kyocera Zio you may experience jerkyness but as far as fluid performance Android is right up there with Apple every since the mass amounts of phones running 1Ghz CPUs and not to mention the hardware optimization from Android 2.2 (Froyo). Also please look up the true definition of true multitasking.
Last, I like how you lump me into a category of users when you don't know the first thing about what I'm into nor what I care about. The truth of the matter is "customization" and "freedom" are 2 big things that should be apart of all phone OS's and the fact that you just now said "All you guys care about is "customization" and "freedom" really proves how simple minded you actually are.
16. robhjr (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
butt hurt over andriods success haha. youre right they are successful but i think for reasons that your overlooking. it wasnt such a great os when it first came out, most of the reason it caught on was because it was available to all platforms while web os wasnt.
as far as andriod being jerky, it runs fine on the evo, which my wife has. but it seems you dont know what true multitasking is, have you ever owned a phone running web os? my guess is no, because thats what its good at.
web os didnt catch on because hardware, 500mhz was just not enough, but you get the preware 1ghz and its a way different os.
4. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
The palm phones are awesome, I don't know what you guys are doing saying they suck, while they weren't successful they were still good devices, hardware wise, no. But the software is amazing. I got the pixi during that one day when it was $60.00, when phonearena posted that site, well all I can say is that it is one of the best OS's out. The only downfall is the apps, not nearly as many as android or ios. But as far as multitasking and the ease of use with the gestures is by far the greatest. Now I set my incredible aside and use this Pixi overclocked to 806 mhz, not to mention the free hotspot. This has me definitely got me leaning towards the Pre 2, who would have thought a sweet deal for a phone just to have a hotspot would have me jumping ship.
7. E.N. (Posts: 2578; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
oh, you basically already said most of the things I just posted, haha
5. Sprint Employee (unregistered)
Sorry guys, I didn't want to be THAT asshole troll that just comes to rip on a phone with no backing. I hated to see the negative thumbs down on my first comment. So here I am again to give some backing to my frustration with Palm.
I have been an employee with Sprint now for the past 4 years. I do not only sell phones, but I also consider phone technology to be a passion and hobby of mine, and I do consider myself pretty knowledgeable. When the original Palm Pre came out I was extremely excited. For the first time I felt as if Sprint truly had a competitor to the iPhone. I watched presentation after presentation getting myself, coworkers, and friends all psyched up for the launch. I was one of the people who had the Pre come launch day, and I was originally happy with the device. It was the first time Sprint actually had a phone with a good touch screen. (the Instinct was and is CRAP, I Can’t believe they ever had the ball to market that thing as an iPhone competitor)
However, after spending only a couple of days with the device, it was clear that the phone was rushed to the market. Being an employee at a Sprint Repair Center, we see all of the phones come in for insurance and warranty problems/defects. Let me tell you, of all the thousands of phones we see on a weekly basis, nothing compares to the volume of Palm Pre’s that come through our store.
I think Palm did a fantastic job with the software development on the Pre. If only it had come out sooner, I think it would have a stronger hold in the mobile OS competition. But the hardware on the Pre was absolutely cheap and pathetic.
I’m sorry for the negative attitude, and don’t get me wrong, I hope HP can help Palm come back to its smartphone glory days…but you can’t blame me for having my doubts. After the hype that was delivered for the original Pre, I have lost faith in Palm.
9. Dave (unregistered)
HP purchased Palm for the operating system, plain and simple.......that should tell all you haters something. If webOS sucked as bad as everyone says, I'm sure HP wouldn't have bothered with it. The hardware issues many have talked about? I'm sure that may be the case....but I have an original June 2009 Palm Pre and I have had zero issues with it. My phone doesn't "oreo", my screen hasn't "cracked", I still have my usb door, etc...etc. Whatever software shortcomings there were have been corrected by updates from Palm and by the homebrew community.
Alot of Palm's problems with the Pre's success were timing and advertising. Announce the phone in January and then not to see it until June was a fatal mistake. And the advertising??? .......piss poor at best. Instead of showing people what the phone could do, we were subjected to watching some pasty white girl mumble phrases that no one knew what she was trying to convey. Android and iOS are beautiful, rock solid operating systems don't get me wrong. Lord knows that everyone is punch drunk on those flavors of Kool-aid.
I think the haters will be proven wrong this time around. HP is in it to win, and they have the money and experience to back it up. The developers , apps and all the glory will come.....you will see.
Variety is a good thing folks.....If HP is successful with their future products, it only works to benefit all of us. Phone manufacturers are always trying to emulate things they see from the competition. It's a win win.....
10. Aaron B (unregistered)
You do realize the reason HP probably purchased Palm was for there patents right? Or did you not know Palm holds alot of patents under its belt? Also as far as advertising goes, Palm's did infact suck but Android barely had any. Aside from the Droid does commercials with in them selves seemed to separate the Droid line up from all other Androids. I would most def say Android didn't have good advertisement either but it still did well.
Nobody is being a hater or hating Palm. It's just the truth. Palms OS is okay. There hardware sucked. And that is why they nearly went bankrupt because nobody bought it. But you are right though. Maybe they will come out on top this time around. But my guess is no being that they are just gonna release more of the same shit.
12. igobytony (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
HP bought Palm for webOS. i'm not sure really how you might have missed that, but i guess you did. i'm not saying that Palm doesn't have a patent library like no other, and that of course did come into play when HP decided to buy them, but it's pretty well known that HP wanted the awesomness that is webOS.
need some proof other than numerous statments from HP saying as much? look at what we know of HP's plans; they are centered around webOS. it's not like they bought some patents and were like "oh hey, we also got this bomb ass webOS thing out of the deal, we may as well create an interconnected device strategy centered around it."
13. Vick (unregistered)
Actually no. HP bought them for there patents and under the agreement between HP and Palm. The agreement was Palm would live on and not be liquidated. Would you sell your company to another company and not have any insurance that you are still gonna have a job? Get real. If HP was so into WebOS the WebOS devices would have been here long ago. The merger was completed LONG ago. Yet they are just now pushing a new WebOS device. The best chance they had was the Christmas season and they missed it. I'm sorry you didn't get the news but yeah....HP didn't buy Palm for WebOS. Whoever told you that is wrong lol
14. Allicat (unregistered)
I love Palm devices!
To me they have always been so much better than other phones I have tried. The things they can do are awesome, and they're so easy to use. They also LOOK easy to use, most new phones are so complicated you have to waste an hour trying to figure out how to call people. Palm phones are able to do miraculous things without confusing people. That's why I love them.
15. Landmarkcm (Posts: 497; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Well im still enjoying my Pre & soon to be maybey a Pixi I bought as well. I just love WebOs Im a semi newbie to it. I really hope Hp has some good new hardware at there event on the 9th and that Sprint is going to offer it and that it thrives again so I can stick with it!!!
18. Former Palm User (unregistered)
Palm was champion of his time. We hope there will be come back. Common Palm show get up and run!
19. Sprint Employee (unregistered)
Its not that the pre was a bad phone, the hardware sucked, tooooo many known issues that it was ridic. but Web OS kicked ass! : )
20. Landmarkcm (Posts: 497; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
The countdown is on tomorrows Hp's chance to revive webOS!!