A year ago this month I was getting ready to move away from the MotoQ that I had been using for the previous 2 years on Verizon and was moving back to Sprint. My only real option at the time was the newly release Palm Pre. While at the time I compared it to the iPhone, there was never really an option of moving to that platform. I’m a Sprint guy and needed to stay with Sprint (besides, I have a iPod Touch). I know this kills some of you.
Fast forward a year and it’s time to make that decision once again, except this time there is a new sheriff in town. The only real smart phone option for guy like me is the new HTC EVO 4G.
The list of specifications are impressive:
- 3G/4G capability
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor
- 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
- World-class HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks
- Android 2.1, with access to more than 35,000 apps on Android Market (2.2 coming soon)
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking
- GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM
- Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words
- Sprint Navigation, with turn-by-turn driving directions and 3D maps
- Updated HTC Sense, award-winning user experience, which includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates
- Visual voicemail
- Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
- 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
- 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.
So what of the Palm Pre and the WebOS platform that I have spoken so highly of over the last year? Just a few short notes.
1. HP purchased Palm on July 1st, 2010. It appears that development has come to a grinding halt. Sure, it might pick up later in the year, but I’m not longer willing to wait for updates and apps. Sorry HP.
2. I still think the WebOS that is part of the new Palm platform is the best smart phone OS out there. It just works and works well. I hope to see it again on an HP tablet devise in the near future. It could really give the iPad a run if the price point and implementation is done correctly. Good luck HP!
3. The Palm Pre is still the best handset I have ever used. It makes great calls and sound quality is fantastic.
4. I am going to keep the phone and may pass it down to one of the kids. They many not even want it.
5. I will miss the slide out keyboard. I hope that doesn’t cripple me on the new phone.
Note: I am not eligible for the new phone until Aug 11th and there is still time to talk me out of it (but why would you?) I am open to any and all comment left here on the blog.