HP TouchPad and Pre3. webOS against iOS
January 8, 2009 American Palm decided on a desperate step. Feeling threatened by the growing Apple iOS and Android, the manufacturer of several lines of popular PDA is its new operating system, webOS, which was developed in a short time. Together with her Palm demonstrates their new devices — smartphones, Palm Pre and later 2 Pre and Pixi. The new devices, with a number of unique features, instantly entered into the list of the main competitors of the iPhone.
However, sales of new smartphones Palm go poorly. So weak that less than a year later, desperate to achieve some results, the whole Palm is sold to another computer monster from USA Hewlett-Packard. The main motive of the acquisition of the dying «dinosaur» — the same webOS, original, has great functionality and is extremely intuitive. Starts hard work to promote the new brand, which will soon lead to disastrous results.
HP Pre3 and HP TouchPad
Beginning last year of 2011 marks the release of three devices from HP, running on the new operating system. First, there is the flagship of the HP Pre3. behind him the little HP Veer and even after a short time, will present the first tablet PC from HP on webOS TouchPad. Starting sale (16GB model of the tablet retails for $499) show extremely sluggish the interest of buyers to new devices. Having invested a lot of money in the purchase of Palm, HP makes the summer a few half-hearted attempts to attract potential buyers.
They also won’t do any good lead and summer of the same year the guide Hewlett-Packard decides to shoot from the hip — the remains of the Pre3 and TouchPad in warehouses sold for an amount less than 100 U.S. dollars, and webOS goes open-source system that HP more will not be supported. For all time of existence of webOS around it gathers quite a large community of enthusiasts, there are third-party loader applications, various methods of unlock phones and other signs of popularity in narrow circles. What is so interesting gadgets that are no longer destined to evolve? To understand this, we personally decided to test the HP Pre3 smartphone and TouchPad tablet. I’ll start with the first.
Pre3. Smartphone with a twist
Technical specifications HP Pre3:
the Latest flagship phone from HP came to us from America in the traditional packaging is orange, which means it is bound to the operator AT&T.
a Small box anything interesting of itself is not. Inside the Pre3 is covered by the films, it manual, power supply fancy barrel-shaped and microUSB cable. With fetishistic pleasure slowly open the film with your phone and begin to consider it.
Before us is a classic slider is completely made of high-quality soft-touch plastic. The screen is covered with glass and turned off/locked smartphone looks like a pretty rock solid black. Here we see the first bad decision is located in the lower right corner of the top of the phone microphone. When hands are busy and to continue the conversation HP should be pressed shoulder to your ear, the microphone is completely closed, but the caller will only hear your groans. Immediately above the screen is almost invisible front facing camera.
the Back cover due to the rubberized plastic never gets fingerprints on it easily appear, but also just removed the handkerchief. The lower part of the slider is in contrast to the upper dotted whole family levers and buttons. At the top are the power button, silent switch, which converts the smartphone into a silent mode, standard audio input and glossy, but comfortable enough for the volume rocker. Side is uncovered micro-USB port, and on the back cover lens 5-megapixel camera, flash and brilliant HP logo.
Ergonomics HP Pre3, not counting the location of the microphone, at a high level. It is easy to hold in hand and to open with a flick of a finger, which contributes to avtodovidka. Despite all the visual appeal, iPhone smartphone from HP may seem awkward due to the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Why is it if there is high quality capacitive screen to 3.58-inch with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels?
surprisingly, hardware keyboard HP Pre3 easy to use, it is possible to forgive even her small size. All keys are made of non-solid plastic (silicone?), pressing felt good move. These buttons will love the Blackberry users who want to try some new operating system. During testing of the buttons and view their settings was discovered another serious miscalculation creators HP Pre3 — screen keyboard is absent. Its not, because if you are used to typing in Cyrillic, to wean. Or install a special patch and blindly type Russian letters. The developers are still actively working on the hack. activating the on-screen keyboard, but it works extremely unstable.
Before running to the box with the TouchPad, I wanted to insert in the smartphone SIM card and verify that it works, but there it was. He was blocked for the operator and also neaktivirovannye. To revive it was by entering your HP-profile (similar to an Apple ID), and then to buy unlock code on one of the Russian forums. But the soul mangaka held water, fire and Ziphone, decided not to look for easy ways and began to surf the Internet in search of solutions.
infomercial HP Pre3
Sleepless night, similar to those nights when I had to razlachivat first iPhone 2G, was successful. First activation of the device was completed in a roundabout way. and then the network showed only the working version of the iPhone. On Mac OS X for some reason it didn’t work, but when connecting the HP Pre3 to a Windows machine, the smartphone finally «ate» the SIM card of the local operator.
HP TouchPad. Hope
Technical specifications HP TouchPad:
Box HP TouchPad was much more interesting standard packaging Pre3. Thick cardboard top of the box covers the inner niche in which is a tablet, an envelope with the documentation, as well as micro-USB cable and charger. Nothing superfluous, no headphones dubious quality, cap, and other irondistance.
Outwardly TouchPad looks rich. even though its plastic «back». On the front panel is the hardware «Menu»button, which is responsible for the exit to the main menu, camera for video calls and a micro-USB port. On the sides are two speakers, volume rocker, and on top is the power button/lock.
the Tablet is made soundly in all of his designs are confused by just two points. Excessive «glossy» screen, which is much sun fades, and the need for constant wiping the back cover from the divorce. With long-term use creates the impression that the cover was not touched by the fingers, and hunting sausages.
After several days of testing I realized that the Pre3 I like more than the TouchPad. Operating system webOS running on the smartphone, which is equipped with only a single-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x55 1.4 GHz. impeccably. Its smoothness and vylizanec can only be compared with iOS. While she’s on the HP TouchPad running on two cores, and feels unwell interface sometimes retarding the impression nedorabotanno product. Than it is, in principle, and is.
webOS and how to treat it?
the Developers of the Palm, starting to develop its new operating system from scratch, understand that you are at great risk. At the time of the release of the first smartphone webOS Palm Pre on the world confidently Chagall’s the second iPhone 3G, which then slowly caught up with a few army of Android smartphones. What to do in this situation? Properly, to take the best from two popular solutions to come up with a couple of unique features of their system and try to make the dish popular. With the last «palmito» did not happen, but with the first and second everything turned out fantastic.
the Main feature of webOS, as tablet and mobile — convenient multitasking. The ease of use, it can not be compared with any of the existing methods to manage running applications on other operating systems, tested your most humble servant.
desktop which is on iOS is an accumulation of application icons, here is a preview center of all running background programs. That is, all the programs that you run are displayed in the form of maps. They can browse, collect in piles (for example, running Skype, ICQ and Gmail can be in the same folder as the Internet and restore with one tap on it. Interestingly implemented system shutdown running applications, it comes with an easy remove one of the cards up. As if cast application beyond the smartphone. Intuitively at a very high level.
From the main menu multitasking in the flow with all applications can be accessed by clicking on the «arrow» in the lower right corner. Here you will see three sections — Applications, Extras and Settings between which you can switch using to go from right to left. These sections are an alternative folder, which, unfortunately, webOS not.
Surprisingly, webOS, despite its unpopularity and very weak support from software developers, there is a large community of enthusiasts. For a short time of the existence of this operating system has been third-party application installer from PC webOS Quick Install (there is a version for Windows and Mac OS X), which can put a huge number of tweaks, add-ins and, in fact, the real analogue of Cydia on iOS called Preware.
By the way, in Preware was discovered tweek that activates the virtual keyboard screen. However, only with Latin characters. Appear on the screen when she wants. Able to bring a poor device to reboot in five minutes. Sorry, but typing with the screen size of smartphones HP things are very sad.
the Right way at Palm went when he designed the organization of personal information in the system. As with Apple, there is a reference to the shared accounts, the HP Account. To him is tied to your personal email, contacts and calendar. By entering your data when you configure a new device, you will immediately receive all of your information over the air. Also there is a menu item called Synergy, where you can enter all your socialisin — from Google to Facebook, then tighten all the data on your phone/tablet.
One of the most original features of webOS is the way management system. Under the screen of each device is a special touchpad with gesture support. For example, in order for any application to get to the desktop, you just need to swipe it up. To go backward/forward, to make a similar motion of the index finger left/right. For a few days to this functionality used so quickly that later on iPhone 4 solution with a single Home button seems no longer so easy. Here, Apple, perfect for basepackages smartphone!
Not to mention the Touch-to-share and about the interaction TouchPad with Pre3 would be blasphemy. The tablet using Bluetooth wireless technology can connect to the Pre 3, after which it you can make calls and communicate via SMS. In practice I have not found the use of this function, that’s why she left me, «another in the long list of characteristics of these devices.
Much more interesting almost magical technology Touch-to-share. Say you read iPhones.ru in the standard browser on your TouchPad and suddenly realize that time would have on the training run. What to do if you read the article you want, and tablet with me to the gym you will not take? You pull out of your pocket HP Pre3, touch them up touchpad TouchPad below the screen, and the page opens in the browser of your smartphone. Fantastic! A demonstration of this feature can cause shock even experienced the boom, the past seven circles of Symbian. Apparently, it involved the same technology that allows the phone to work with the wireless charging TouchStone.
Instead of a conclusion
December 9, HP announced that it was postponing the development nedavno purchased operating system in a long box and brings it to the status of Open Source. From that day on webOS became known as not only as open and ready to install on devices from other manufacturers. Promising, fresh, multifaceted «axis» with untapped potential risks and to remain in their infancy. A number of unique features (e.g., Touch-to-share), besknopochny management system, its stability could make it competitive in the market, which now run the show Android and iOS.
But for now, webOS is the only destiny of man, which need time to set your smartphone, after which it can be months not to touch. Fortunately, the built-in app store HP App Catalog has a complete set of necessary software. But will he develop? The answer to this question will be able to give some of the renowned manufacturers, decided to make the existing highlights real candy.
HP TouchPad and Pre3 presents
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