Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless If you're a Palm fan, you might want to look away - or not. Chris Ziegler has written a fantastic article on the short rise and eventual demise of webOS, and with it, Palm. I'm generally not a fan of companies, but I have my exceptions - and Palm is one of them. Correction - Palm was one of them.
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I Owned Some Palms
by JeeperMate on Wed 6th Jun 2012 11:49 UTC
JeeperMate
Member since:
2010-06-12

Yeah, I owned some Palms, starting with Tungsten T, ending with the T5 (bad choice, I know) and I loved them all, even the much loathed T5. But, I've been longing for the Palmtop/Psion form factor to make a comeback.

I can still remember the days when I could code apps on-the-go on the same device/platform that would run them, and I would love to see that become the norm again.

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RE: I Owned Some Palms - T5 bad?
by jabbotts on Wed 6th Jun 2012 14:24 in reply to "I Owned Some Palms"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I payed less attention to the opinion noise at that time. What was wrong with the T5? The chassis shape, the hardware on board.. for lack only of a wifi radio I still maintain that it was the best Palm device done. The slide away input area maximized screen viewing space, no moving parts like the LifeDrive, no hardware downgrade like the T/X (was that the one between the T5 and lifedrive?). I held on to my T5 until it died forcing me to choose a replacement from the options of the time (all of which meant a downgrade from the T5 in some way).

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JeeperMate Member since:
2010-06-12

Well, there were a few things many people hated about the T5, mainly the slab-like form factor as opposed to its predecessors' signature slide out design and held-back performance. I personally loved the thin slab thing and didn't mind the slightly reduced snappiness in exchange for better reliability (thanks to the use of flash memory for internal storage).

The T/X was released after the Lifedrive but, despite its improved actual performance compared to the T5 and Lifedrive, it came out too late.

All my Palms are still alive and well, by the way... I replaced my T5's soldered battery with a new one a few years ago, and it still provides around 5.5 hours worth of juice, at least last time I checked.

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RE: I Owned Some Palms
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 6th Jun 2012 15:28 in reply to "I Owned Some Palms"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

FYI, although it is not the norm, you can do create android apps on android with aide.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aide.ui&hl=en

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RE: I Owned Some Palms
by ricegf on Wed 6th Jun 2012 16:25 in reply to "I Owned Some Palms"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

That was a major draw of Maemo / MeeGo to me - a full Python implementation with with PyGTK+ / PyQt (respectively) as well as PyGame, such that apps I write directly on my N900 run virtually unmodified on my PC.

I keep hoping to find a successor, but hope is fading...

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