With the Palm Pre announcement, the media reacted as if this device was the second coming. Wall street also reacted in a similar way, shooting the stock up 35% immediately. Since then the stock is up around 75%, an amazing turnaround for a company swirling in the toilet. But what is so amazing here?
I have not used the device, but watched the announcement, plus other videos of the device in use. Sure there are some neat features:
- Integrating the “cloud” (I hate that term) into the device to group data from different services into one convenient location (nothing groundbreaking)
- Multitasking with a new paradigm based on a deck of cards (cool)
- A gesture area below the visible screen (only innovative thing really)
- Capacitive multi-touch (doesn’t Apple have patents on this?)
- Copy and paste (whoopee)
- Replaceable battery (whoopee)
Well then, I see three huge problems with this:
- Web developers will not be able to get off and running in no time as Palm wants you to believe. There will be additional APIs that must be learned to make your application semi-useful. I’m sure Mojo will make this easy on you, but there will STILL be a learning curve.
Why aren’t these questions being asked? Why do we get dead silence when Jobs announces this strategy and Wall Street going nuts when Palm is trying the same thing? And don’t get me going on the security nightmare this could be.
Anyone know something about this I don’t?
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