Posts Tagged ‘Palm’

Palm Pre 2 up for pre-order on O2, Orange and Vodofone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

HP announced version 2.2 of the webOS platform as well as version 3.0 which will power the TouchPad tablet and hopefully make it to webOS powered smartphones in the near future. But even with all this news, the second generation Pre is set for release on the UK’s three biggest networks.

The second generation device will feature version 2.0 of the webOS platform and not version 2.2 which will be powering the three new devices due out this summer. The Palm Pre 2 sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support and a slide out QWERTY keyboard just like the first generation Pre’s. There is integration for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networking websites and as usual you have access to the best multitasking platform on the market.

Rounding out the features are a built-in media player, 5 megapixel camera on the back (unfortunately no front facing cameras), HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Adobe Flash 10.1 with 16GB of internal storage. Sadly, for the second time, the SD card slot has been ditched in favor of design.

Look for the Pre 2 to be available on plans of £18.19/month or £22.98/month on a two-year contract with 300 included minutes, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data.

As for our thoughts, if you’re hell bent on getting a webOS device (and why not?) we’d hold our hard earned cash until we get some dates from HP on the Veer and Pre 3 which are expected to launch in the not so distant future and if rumors are correct, should be making a landing on our UK shores before the end of the year. Not only will the specs be bumped up to that of the current market offering, but it should feature webOS 2.2 as well.

Source: DialToSave

Orange’s Dual Number and Palm’s Upcoming Tablet Device

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Tablet devices are the perfect fit for the home. Be it for viewing media, playing games, browsing the internet or simply typing out an email, these devices tend to be small lightweight touch screens that allow users to hook up to a WiFi hotspot (or have a small SIM port for 3G access).

The result is the ultimate in web browsing experience (as the use of the touch screen is actually a lot more intuitive than a mouse and keyboard). This is why the iPad has been so successful and why so many people are excited over the Galaxy Tab which runs the Android OS. As for Palm’s WebOS, it seems that HP has decided to modify it for use with a tablet and that the device will be coming out next year.

2011 is still plenty of time for HP to provide this Palm branded device with all the hardware and software support that it needs.

Orange mobile UK may be focusing on the release of high end smart phones for the general public, but a recent announcement from the mobile network operator has shown that they still have plenty to offer for business customers.

According to reports, Orange has a new dual number plan for people who need to consolidate a business line and a personal line into a single device and this is the perfect solution for everyone struggling with two numbers –even on dual SIM devices. With most dual SIM phones unable to access 3G networks, Orange’s offer is a great alternative that would provide companies with better control of expenditures while still providing excellent mobility options for their employees.

These dual number plans are already available on Orange Mobile UK and come in varying monthly allowances; there is also a pay as you go option as well.

Samsung Wave II, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and Palm Pre 2

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Even with all the new updates regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets (the new Microsoft OS was just launched a day ago), smart phone manufacturers Samsung, RIM and HP are still up for pushing through with their own proprietary operating systems.

Samsung’s Bada OS has hit the one million mark just a few weeks back showing that the world still has room for yet another open source mobile platform. This success has led to the development of the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro smart phones –successors to the original Samsung Wave. The two phones are actually hardware downgrades meant to bring to expand the market range of the Bada OS to a lower tech bracket.

The Wave II on the other hand (mind the roman ordinal number as a specific designation) is a true successor to the original Samsung Wave as the II is actually a major hardware upgrade. The big question now is whether the new super LCD technology is actually going to be able to match the quality of the super AMOLED screen. As shown with the HTC Desire, SLCDs are good enough to replace standard AMOLED screens, but as for Samsung’s very own super AMOLED, that comparison has yet to be seen.

MVNO Virgin Media UK has confirmed that they will be offering Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Pearl 3G to their subscribers. There are a wide variety of 2 year contracts under Virgin that would get the phone for free. The only thing missing from Virgin Media is a ‘pay as you go’ deal, but T-Mobile UK has it.

It may have seemed like the Palm Pre 2 would have gotten canceled with the closing of Palm, but the HP buyout has led to a continuation of development. HP has released an online teaser about the Palm Pre 2 –confirming that the phone is still in the works though no launch date has been given. It is being stated that the device has since been upgraded from its initial specs.

Samsung’s New Devices and HP’s Teasers

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

HP is keeping everyone in the dark about what exact products the company is developing. But from a recently released image, it appears that the company is currently pursuing development on a wide range of products.

The image shows Phil McKinney (current CTO for HP) with several new devices on hand. As to specifically what devices he is holding, nobody knows. The image has all the new gadgets blocked out with black boxes leaving only a size references to determine what kind of gadgets these things could be. Anyway, one of the devices stands out: what appears to be standard sized smart phone.

HP’’s attempt at a smart phone has long been awaited for since the company took control of former smart phone manufacturer Palm. The Palm WebOS and keyboard layouts are quite famous and successful in the tech industry and many have been waiting to see what HP would actually do with the resources.

In other mobile handset news, Samsung has recently been teasing the world with a couple of new devices: one Android and the other a Bada smart phone.

Many are already quite familiar with the recently uploaded site for the Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser website and from the looks of it, the Korean phone maker will be pushing full steam ahead with their new touch screen tablet device.

It might have a smaller screen than that 9.7 inch display of the iPad, but even with 7 inches, the Tab is still quite a tempting choice –particularly because this device is reported to be able to take and make calls.

This potentially makes the Galaxy Tab the largest smart phone. The other device is the Wave 723 which is a new Bada based smart phone that looks a lot like the Wave 2 devices but only with a better camera (5 mega pixels).

Goodbye Palm Smart Phones

Monday, June 7th, 2010

palm_logoThe mobile phone industry was already aware that Palm was in dire financial trouble for quite some time. The company has seen not only rumors of a potential buy-out, but a list of interested buyers have also popped out. Taiwanese mobile device manufacturer HTC and computer maker Lenovo are among the top names that were interested in acquiring Palm’s technologies and patents, but a surprise move by HP surprised all –out of the blue, the company emerged as the buyer of Palm.

Before the buyout, many of Palm’s top executives and officers have resigned –presumably leaving for more promising opportunities. Palm’s CEO Jon Rubinstein was the only one left behind and keeping the company spirit alive. The merger with HP was the moment the man was waiting for –or so we all thought.

palm_pixi_pre_plusWhile HP had never officially announced public what their intentions for buying Palm was, many assumed that they would be taking over operations and would continue Palm as a mobile phone manufacturer. But an announcement by Mark Hurd, CEO of HP at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Technology conference made everything clear: HP would not be manufacturing smart phones.

According to the big man himself, the acquisition was entirely based on obtaining ownership of the WebOS –a technology that HP deemed too important to be lost to their competitors. But while the WebOS is primarily intended to be a mobile phone operating system, experts predict that it should fit in nicely as an OS for a tablet (or whatever new device that HP is indeed working on).

With this new announcement it seems that the Palm Pixi Plus and the Palm Pre Plus have now become the last smart phones we will ever get to see from this amazing manufacturer. The tech industry can only hope that the gap they leave will be filled in soon enough.

What Smart Phone Suits You Best: Cost and Basic Usage

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

smartphonesSmart phones are all the rage these days, and figuring out which kind is best for your needs is a serious matter to think about. After all, these handsets can get pretty expensive, and with every kind of investment, it is always a good idea to study the alternatives beforehand.

The first big consideration for any smart phone buyer is the budget. Regardless of your handset function needs, if you cannot afford the device, you cannot buy it. Of course, this is not as simple as it sounds. Understand how much you are willing to pay up front and monthly for the device. Smart phones are best bought straight from operators on contract, this provides users with a monthly tariff to pay, but at least it covers your mobile phone usage. As expected from smart phones, internet access is an important factor, so always go for the best data budget plan too.

The second consideration after the cost is functionality. Most smart phone users only rely on their mobile phones for casual needs –browsing online, music and video playback, and playing the occasional game. More often than not, the best choice would be to buy the same kind of smart phone your friends also have (it helps not being left out when they are playing a multiplayer game).

PalmPixiPlusFor more formal and business functions, as well as heavy typing needs, BlackBerry smart phones offer a wide range of integrated business solutions.

Keyboards are not always present in smart phones. While they are expected from BlackBerry and Palm devices, the iPhone has no keyboard while the Android and Symbian mobile platforms vary depending on the phone they are on. While a keyboard is not always needed, it certainly helps having one especially for people who love to write emails.

O2 UK Gets Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Handsets

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

PalmPixiPlusIt seems that Palm is finally getting back on its feet. After a massive scare several weeks back about the company being bought out, Hewlett Packard has finally stepped in and has decided to purchase Palm. At this point, only Palm’s original CEO remains, the rest of the administrative level personnel have quit the company as the news of losses begun to spread.

Certainly, we can expect to see some impressive new products from the HP and Palm team up, particularly with the impressive patent library owned by Palm (as well as the WebOS user interface). Rumors are already stating that the cancelled HP tablet might see a new form as a Palm device. For now, the tie up will be bringing over the Palm Pixi Plus and the Palm Pre Plus to the UK.

O2 UK has announced that they will be offering the two smart phones to their customers.

The Palm Pixi Plus looks a lot like the original Pixi, but with the WiFi support. This is actually one of the major drawbacks of the original handset. The device still sports the small touch screen display, a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard and of course, the WebOS mobile platform.

The Palm Pre Plus on the other hand is a touch screen smart phone that also closely resembles the original phone with a few small changes to the look. The keyboard and trackball has been changed slightly as well; the device now uses a trackpad while the keyboard buttons were re-adjusted for a better typing experience. Compared to the Pixi Plus, the Pre Plus has gotten more upgrades. The internal memory and the RAM have been doubled from the original handset (16GB for internal storage and 512MB for RAM).

It has been confirmed that both handsets are available for free depending on the plan selected.

Palm Pre Plus Heading for UK

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Palm Pre Plus (2)Available exclusively on the O2 network, the Palm Pre Plus is an updated version of the popular Palm Pre mobile device.  Upon first glance, the most noticeable changes are the replacement of the front button with a smooth touch-sensitive equivalent backlit by an LED, and the slightly-upgraded keyboard with a bit stiffer keys for more robust tactile feedback to help you type more accurately. Additionally, the Pre Plus has been updated with a matte finish backplate compatible with the Touchstone inductive charging interface that also lends to a more visually-appealing design, as it is less prone to fingerprints and smudges. Underneath the exterior, the Pre Plus has received some increases in both memory and storage, bringing up the level of functionality a bit.

Aside from these hardware updates, not much else has changed from the original Pre, though don’t let that discourage you; the Pre Plus is quite an entertaining mobile device for users interested in web-browsing, ease-of-use, and versatility balanced with a wide range of functionality. While the Pre Plus may not be the most powerful mobile device on the market, its jack-of-all-trades approach makes it a solid contender. A great phone for casual and veteran users alike and depending on your plan can cost you from an affordable £99 to as little as nothing, making for some great Palm Pre Plus deals.

Palm Pre PlusThe Pre Plus has a smooth exterior similar in shape to a rounded stone—not entirely rectangular, and tapered near the bottom end—with a 320 x 480 capacitive touchscreen capable of displaying vivid 24-bit colour as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Though the keyboard did undergo a bit of tweaking which makes it much easier to get a feel for typing on the Pre Plus, it can still get a little cramped and make it difficult to type as speedily as you might on the Pixi Plus, for example.

With the addition of an extra 256 MB of memory and 8GB of storage, bringing the total to 512MB and 16GB respectively, the Pre Plus is noticeably faster than its predecessor and lends itself to efficient and powerful multitasking to make the best use of Palm‘s webOS. Open multiple applications at once—sometimes as many as 25 or 30—without a significant slowdown, then utilize the intuitive interface to organize your open apps by dragging and rearranging them like a deck of cards. You can easily flip between apps and tap one to maximize it, and then switch back to what you were doing without losing your place or your information, or drag apps off the screen to automatically close them and clean up some clutter on your screen. Multitouch gesture support also allows you to quickly zoom in and out on a page to make reading much easier, making the Pre Plus great for viewing content.

Palm webOSAdditionally, Palm’s webOS helps you focus your attention on what is important to you by consolidating information. Palm Synergy gathers data from a wide variety of sources—contact and calendar information from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo!, and others, texts, social networking data—and collects it into similar groups to make it easy to get the information you need at a glance. Texts and IM conversations with a specific person are recognized as one conversation, letting you continue chatting with people across a variety of supported methods, such as e-mail, SMS, multimedia messaging, and instant messaging clients. Palm Synergy even gathers accompanying information for each contact, allowing you to see your past conversations with them, their LinkedIn profile, Facebook status updates, and more. Palm Synergy allows all of your applications to work together closely and maximises the functionality of your Pre Plus. Different calendars can be viewed together to compare plans and appointments, applications can search the web and easily add a date to your calendar or update your contacts with a simple tap, and each application can access information on another to help present you with the most pertinent details and functions to suit your needs.

To help you navigate all of this information, the Pre Plus implements Palm’s Universal Search feature; just start typing and Universal Search will automatically begin searching through the information on your phone as you type, as well as give you the option to search places such as Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia or Twitter. Likewise, to help you keep on top of all of your appointments and important events, as well as any incoming e-mails and texts, webOS displays incoming notifications at the bottom of the screen to give you a quick glimpse at new information without interrupting what you’re doing. Whether you want to learn more or you want to hide it for the time being, all you have to do is tap the screen once and easily take care of it. Over-the-air services allow you to back up all of your information wirelessly on a schedule as well, making sure you never lose your important data. Backup contacts, calendar items, and applications every day, and even remotely wipe your data should your phone get lost or stolen to protect your privacy.

Palm Pre Plus (3)The Pre Plus also has a number of entertainment features; it’s great for multimedia and web-browsing when you’re not using it to get your work done. A 3-megapixel camera with extended depth of field and an LED flash allow you to quickly snap pictures or record video, and then upload them to the internet using the Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr applications. Built-in GPS also allows you to add geo tagging information to all of your photos to include location. E-mail, integrated IM, and text/multimedia messaging support let you keep in touch with friends, and direct push technology makes sure you get your e-mails instantly so you’re always in the loop. You can even sync your Pre Plus with a Microsoft Exchange server to read your corporate email and view calendars and contacts on the go. With Palm Synergy, all of your conversations are gathered into one place to make keeping in touch that much easier; you can even make a call just by simply tapping the header of a conversation window and you’ll immediately begin calling the contact associated with that conversation. The Pre Plus also supports a number of popular music formats such as MP3, AAC and WAV, as well as Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo so you can listen to your favourite tunes on the go, or use the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack for a wired alternative. Read some more Palm Pre reviews to get more opinions on this new phone.

Hewlett-Packard and Palm: The Dream Team

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

PalmThe white knight for Palm has arrived in the form of Hewlett-Packard. The companies’ respective board of directors have given the thumbs up and their stockholders and regulators are sure to follow suit shortly.

The business phone pioneer will not only survive, they are almost sure to thrive with HPs hold in the market. The purchase valued at around £786 million and is sure to bring a worthy contender for Apple and Google in the smart phone market with HP’s marketing prowess and Palm’s most obvious asset, the webOS, along with their vast patent portfolio.

This would definitely broaden Palm’s global reach. The Palm CEO and chairman, Jon Rubinstein, will of course stay along for the ride. Not a surprising turn of events since he was really rallying at Palm’s front despite how grim things looked for a while. Todd Bradley, the Executive VP of HP’s Personal Systems Group had this to say about the decision (from Hewlett-Packard’s Press Release):

“Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices. And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smart phone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”

Now, HP has an edge against their rival Dell who is also venturing into the mobile phone business and Palm will have a better marketing direction for their products. Consumers are the real winners though, since the competition is sure to be close. It is safe to say that there will be more smart phone options and better deals since all prominent players will constantly be on their toes.

Palm Purchased by HP for 1.2 Billion

Friday, April 30th, 2010

PalmMoney is back in the coffers of Palm and Hewlett Packard is at the helm of the pioneering mobile phone company. While many of the heads have already left Palm, big boss John Rubinstein is still around to man the captain’s seat of this almost sunken ship. Simply put, palm is back on safe waters, and it is HP that is moving towards the murky depths.

According to recent reports, HP’s shares have dropped after it was announced that they plopped about £783 million (1.2 billion USD) for the acquisition of Palm and more importantly, their very first step into the world of mobile phones.

HP is no stranger to the tech industry. The company has made its name with its array of high end printers, copiers, scanners, desktop and laptop devices. HP is also rumored to be working on its own touch screen tablet device as well. They know the industry and they have been providing the world with plenty of impressive gadgets for over a decade.

Still, chasing after Asus, Acer and Dell in the phone arena is something that will be placing HP at an entirely new field, and even with the large patent library of Palm at its disposal, it will still have to contend with the giants of the industry: Google and Apple.

At the same time, HP could be aiming to simply take hold of the market that the Palm was originally slated to dominate: the business sector. With Microsoft and BlackBerry tearing away at the larger chunks of this market, Palm has been left behind, unable to compete with both enterprise and general use clients.

HP’s influence, and Palm’s technology is a great combination. The only question is if the remaining Palm employees and HP can come up with a viable battle plan.