New Palm webOS phone for later this year?

New Palm webOS phone for later this year?
The Wall Street Journal said that "someone familiar with Palm's situation" is reporting that a new webOS phone will be introduced later this year. This is not expected to be related in anyway with the 2 models that Palm has said it would make for AT&T. Those phones are expected to be GSM variants of the current Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for the operator. With Palm's stock now less than half of what it sold for at the peak, Jon Rubinstein and friends have to get the next handset perfect or else we could see Palm disappear into that book of former American companies that became obsolete or irrelevant. Maybe if Mr.Rubinstein set up some "Town Hall" type meetings, hew could find out what the public wants to see in the next webOS models. We would guess that a larger display might be near the top of the wish list as a 3.1 inch screen does not cut it in today's 3.7 inch world. Other changes near the top of a list might include a sturdier build quality, improved QWERTY keyboard and better developer incentives to result in a larger selection of apps. Anyone disagree or have his/her own want list to share?

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source: WSJ via everythingpre

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11 Comments

1. JocularJester

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

well as far as touchscreen phones, i believe that 3.1" screen should be the minimum in a tier 3 device. the qwerty on the pixi was indeed superior to that of the pre but nonetheless it was surprisingly easy to use. i do however agree that there is room for improvement. since not everyone likes portrait keyboards, it may be nice to see a landscape keyboard on a new device. and lastly, no tier 3 phone should have a camera less than 3mp. i cant really think of anything else but look forward to seeing what other readings want in a new webOS phone.

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree. If they made a larger screen, landscape 4-5 row QWERTY, snapdragon, 512 ram, and a touchscreen keyboard (maybe even Swype) that could run in portrait and landscape, that would turn a different demographic of people on to this phone, like me. If you want a smaller phone, the Pre could still meet those needs, just add the on screen keyboard to taht screen as well.

3. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

What is with everyone and keyboards, Jesus! Get rid of the damn keyboard Palm, make a thin Web Os full touchscreen phone that is thin, and responsive. This is 2010 people, what is with you neanderthals that still need a keyboard for some reason, get a laptop and stop bitching if you can't learn to type on a touchscreen the future is bleak for you and Palm.

4. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

Bitch. Maybe you didn't know but people who text a lot on their phones prefer the simplicity of a Qwerty keyboard. Not only is it faster but I got so use to the keyboard on my g1 I don't even have to look at it when I'm texting in class or sending a email or anything that requires a lot of text. Don't knock people for their preferences asshole.

5. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Prettyboy, I like you, prefer the touchscreen keyboard... But I doubt palm will make a touchscreen only phone soon. Should they? I definitely think so, b/c a keyboard only adds extra thickness and weight, IMO. But, I would have bought a pre, if the screen was bigger, and had an on screen keyboard as a substitute (not the precentral user created version, I am talking about a good OEM screen-keyboard option).

10. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Its not that we dont know how to use a touch screen. Its just easier when you have a choice of on screen and physical.

11. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

not to mention its useful if your touch screen craps out on you! this has happened to me.. and instead on rendering my phone completely useless i could still use the keyboard to make calls, text, and navigate while i waited for my replacement.

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

bigger screen is a definite. i like the idea of a landscape keyboard but i doubt palm would release such a thing since their name kind of fits there phones (as in being held in the palm/hand for easy one handed use) and because the OS wouldnt look as good in landscape. Palm mentioned they would like to release an all touch screen phone running webOS so i guess if the virtual qwerty is good than it would be cool. If they want something groundbreaking to reclaim there name then they'll need something better than the droid. Maybe running webOS 2.0 with a fresh new look. Of course if you want something to compete with the best than you'll need a good processor so a sna dragon would be nice with a 5 mp cam. Just some ideas for webOS 2.0: double view/split screen multi tasking, improved email client, webOS themes preinstalled, and more gestures for advanced users.

7. Bored_Shitless

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 16, 2009

Bigger Screen, I say get a keyboard similar to the Samsung Alias 2 with E-Ink. Reason why I say this is because you can then have additional characters and have a native language packs available to download. I think that it would be a cost-cutting measure if you are truly out to make a genuine international device.

8. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree that the screen simply must be bigger. I believe that one of the reasons for making touch screens in the first place was to free up real estate on the screen for better viewing! Pinch zooming aside, and maybe it is because I'm now wearing glasses, but I would prefer a bigger screen so that viewing video files could be more enjoyable. However, increasing the screen size isn't even my biggest request! What I probably should have written first, just to emphasize the gravity of its' respective complaint, is the processing speed! While there is truly no doubt in my mind that Web OS is the best operating system that I have ever used. I hope everyone here agrees with my opinion, but loading up applications is simply too slow. Sometimes I think they should have named the phone the "Palm Pre Plus or Minus". While I truly appreciate the increased RAM, I rue the fact that there is such a lag between registering my tap and starting an application. And though I don't know how costly it is to change a processor or increase its speed, I'm sure that there would be many many people who would agree with me in saying that they would then prefer to use Web OS over the Iphones' OS X, if only palm used a faster processor (i.e. snap dragon???). As for the complaint about the key board, I personally enjoy a physical keyboard. Having used a blackberry keyboard in the past, I have come to rely on the tactile feedback of physical keys to quickly and accurately type out or edit text documents on my phone. If they were to replace the physical QWERTY keyboard for a virtual one, I TRULY hope that they offer SWYPE. But really, the issue for me, comes down to a faster processor first and then a bigger screen. But Web OS itself... It's GREAT!

9. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Some douche is giving everyone a -1 for comments that don't deserve it... get a life.

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