Top 5 Things That Should Be in the Palm Pre 2

Whatever it’s called, Palm Pre 2 or something els entirely, the successor to the Palm Pre/Pre Plus will be scrutinized mercilessly. While the Pre has been well-received and apparently successful (as mentioned in the last post, Palm still hasn’t release sales figures for the Pre), there are certainly real and perceived limitations and issues with the build quality and feature set that Palm can improve on in their next iteration.

Here’s a quick list of some things that Palm might want to consider implementing in the Palm Pre 2 to both improve on the Pre and better leverage the strengths of webOS:

1. Compass: Yes, I agree: this seems a bit silly on the surface. However, the lack of a compass means that the Pre and Pixi are unable to run a whole new class of applications, namely augmented reality. Layar is a good example of the kinds of applications that are being showcased on the Android and iPhone platforms and that are impossible on current webOS devices due to the lack of a compass.

2. Autofocus camera: At first glance, the extended depth of field capability of the Pre and Pixi cameras is a good thing. It allows for much quicker responsiveness when taking pictures and generally good results compared to a camera with autofocus. What it does now allow, however, are good macro pictures, which locks current webOS applications out of another class of applications. In this case, we’re talking about barcode scanning applications like Red Laser, which are popular on the iPhone and Android platforms for comparative shopping–just scan in the barcode of a product and get comparison shopping information from other local merchants selling the same product.

3. SD Card Slot: Rather than constantly playing catchup with the competition in terms of internal storage, Palm should simply add an SD card slot.

4. WiMax: Sprint has been rolling out and heavily advertising its upcoming 4G network for months now. Adding WiMax capabilities to the next webOS device would make perfect sense for both Palm and Sprint (whose likely to be the release partner for Palm’s newest), dramatically increasing the device’s competitive position. It looks like Sprint might be releasing an Android smartphone with WiMax, so this could become less of a nicety and more of a necessity for the next Palm device.

5. 1GB of RAM (or more): Multitasking is both one of the greatest strengths of webOS and one of its greatest weaknesses. Palm’s implementation of multitasking sets the Pre and Pixi far above the competition terms of ease of use and productivity, but it also creates performance problems. It’s already been verified that the Pre Plus can open far more cards than the original Pre given the former’s additional RAM (512MB vs 256MB), and doubling the RAM again could make the Palm Pre 2 vastly superior in multitasking than any other device on the market.

What are you hoping to see in the Palm Pre 2?


  1. Susan Boore says:

    I, too would like to see and SD card slot for the Palm Pre2 (and the Pixi). I also would like to see the tethering ability (I think that’s what it is called; where the phone can be used to connect other items to the internet). Mostly I would like to know when the Palm Pre 2 will be available to loyal Palm users at Sprint. Sprint has carried Palm phones for years and then right off the bat Verizon gets the better model.


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