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'phones and some new "ooh, shiny!" from Palm

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Jan. 10th, 2009 | 12:58 pm
location: Sasona
mood: busybusy

I think that "smartphones" are less than three product generations away from becoming a commodity in the way that desktop computers did. In particular I mean that you could pick any one of them and get all or almost all of what you needed done with it, and that you don't necessarily need to buy the next model that comes out, because the one you have does just fine. (For me this did not happen with desktop computers until operating system virtualization and/or emulation became commonplace, and the same may be true for me here).

Palm's announcement of their new phone is interesting: although it was notably delayed in coming, perhaps by too much, it does look like they've been keeping up. The new phone appears to have feature parity with other such phones.

here's a decent place to see a quick summary of Palm's new device:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/01/09/palm_surprises_with_pre_smartphone_running_new_webos.html

For now the only available color is black. (I doubt that they'll make a bright yellow version.)

EDIT: found a better link to the article

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YES WE CAN HAS!

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from: aaangyl
date: Jan. 10th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm calling the pre as the android killer. It'll take longer to see if it can stand against the iphone.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jan. 10th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
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They're saying they're going to have some kind of app store, too...

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jan. 10th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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if it's Linux based and running on the latest and greatest processor, I wonder if clever jailbreakers out there won't port some android to it....

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