Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless After a few months of planning, several weeks of work, and possibly a few kilometres of aimless pacing through the living room, I'm happy to present "Palm: I'm ready to wallow now". This massive article (22,000 words) covers countless aspects of Palm, its devices, its operating system, and the company's importance to the mobile industry. I start with a detailed look at the history of handwriting recognition, after which I move on to the four hardware products I believe are crucial in understanding Palm as a company. Of course, I also dive into Palm OS, covering the kernel, its filesystem (or lack thereof), 'multitasking' capabilities, user experience, and much more. Important Palm OS licensees like Sony and Handspring make an appearance, and I cover the failed attempt at modernising the Palm OS: Palm OS 6 Cobalt. Finally, the conclusion ties it all together. For the first time in OSNews' history, you can also buy this article to support OSNews and make more articles like this possible in the future (don't worry - the regular online version is free, as always!). I suggest you grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.
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Pre 2 issues
by Moochman on Tue 12th Mar 2013 18:11 UTC
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Thom, I had a Pre 2 and did not experience the horrendous battery life you're referring to. It must be related to your test device being old and the battery already being worn out.

As for slowness, I also couldn't complain. At the time it came out it wasn't cutting edge but it also wasn't slower than similarly priced Android models (remember, the Pre 2 was priced budget/mid-range). Many operations were significantly faster than on Android (at the time) -- Just Type vs. Google Search to search the contents of the phone, for instance, was a lot faster and had a much better UI. Task management was certainly a lot faster/better. Other than that, the only slowness I can recall related to issues with the mobile internet connection being flaky and maximum EDGE speed -- this was due to being a U.S.-targeted tri-band phone being used in Europe (which admittedly was really annoying and ultimately the reason I moved on). But for pure UI interactions I don't recall too many issues, at least not after the first couple of firmware versions... You just need to remember how old the Pre 2 is by modern standards. At the time it came out, for the price, it was perfectly capable.

Also, regarding quality of the hardware I never found it to be lacking. It didn't have quite the polish of an iPhone, sure, but it felt great in the hand and the keyboard was above-average IMHO. The only issue I had was that I accidentally hit the Return key all the time while typing SMS's, but a simple patch remedied that.

I guess you really need to have lived through it at that time, and to have believed in the future of the platform, to understand what was so great about the OS. It's easy to forget how techy-targeted and obtuse the Android UI used to be in comparison, and how limiting iOS was without multi-tasking and notifications (it still is today, but to a lesser extent). In contrast to today's fast and pretty Android phones it's easy to write WebOS off as unimpressive, but at the time it came out there was nothing else like it.

Edited 2013-03-12 18:17 UTC

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