Today, in an almost insultingly brief statement in the middle of a press release about something else entirely, HP killed off its most recent acquisition, and perhaps its most beloved platform: WebOS, the mobile OS designed by the scrappy gurus at Palm. It's a bitter, inconsequential end for an OS that in its own way paved as much ground as the iPhone, and that even in its current decrepit state is a damn fine platform. WebOS, you deserved better.
Can you believe that only two or three years ago, the trope of cellphones used in America being so far inferior to what was available in Korea or even Europe was pounded to the point of cliché? Now, it's on its head: the complete opposite is true. And for that, a lot of thanks goes to Apple. No doubt about that.
But the Pre and especially its webOS software is so interesting because it's the first phone to actually build on the trail blazed by the iPhone in some truly key areas of functionality. And what's more American than some good ol' fashioned competition begetting forward-looking innovation that elevates the playing field for all?
So we got our Palm Pre review phone today. Even though you've probably read all the first-wave reviews from Pogue, Mossberg, our friends at Gizmodo et al, you still may have some questions--especially if you're thinking of plunking down $200 tomorrow.
Rather than rush up a review after using it for half a day, we're obviously going to put this thing through its paces. But in the meantime, drop a line in the comments if there's anything we can check out for you.