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HP has formally taken the wraps off WebOS 2.0 - due to ship in the Palm Pre 2 at the end of this week. Unsurprisngly, perhaps, the smartphone will debut in France on the SFR network - from which details leaked a week or so back. HP promised a North American release "in the coming months", but there was no word of releases …

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WTF?

Unfinished ?

In what way is the Flash 10.1 player 'unfinished' ? What doesn't work ?

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Was noted in the press release

Flash 10.1 is supported on a limited basis as "beta". Not the worst of offenses, but given the worries about Flash usage in general, I'll be staying away.

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FAIL

Does it run Android?

Otherwise, i'm out....

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Some things never change

Palm's PDAs were stuck in 160x160 pixel land for years. They had to double the resolution to 320x320 when they wanted to progress.

Seems the Pre 2 is stuck with an entry level screen, which will make browsing a bit fiddly. Don't they ever learn? HP are going to fail if they don't bring the hardware up to scratch.

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verizon launch partner

from the looks of the tech specs verizon will be the carrier in the U.S.

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Yawn

The hardware won't be up to scratch until 2011. Meanwhile, Apple will release a new iPhone and perhaps AT&T will allow another decent Android Smartphone from HTC onto the network, giving me at least three decent phones to chose from when it's time to upgrade.

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Carriers

They really need to ditch the "exclusive carrier" thing too - I'd have considered a Pre for my last upgrade as the OS looks really nice, but I'm not going to jump ship to O2 to do so.

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Good, I will certainly be getting one

Best mobile OS I've ever used. Crappiest hardware I've ever used but I guess that's the nature of trade-offs. Having a fantastic homebrew community helps too.

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All very well but...

...will anyone care enough to buy it?

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"Tons of FUN???"

Hard to see that, even though they quote it a lot on their website. Of all of the smartphones out there, this has the lowest resolution screen, underpowered graphics, and a second rate games developer community. It isn't good for games. With that screen resolution, it isn't good for media.

Short answer - it is THE least fun smartphone on the planet, short of a BlackBerry Bold - which is at least honest about it's business bias. The Palm is still a "personal organizer" first and foremost - the problem is that that market has been subsumed into the much larger smartphone market, and now people expect one device to do a lot of things well...not just keep them organized.

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