Designed Using Open Web Standards

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2009-06-23 Print this article Print

Reason No. 3: The Palm Pre is designed using open Web standards

The Palm Pre was designed using open Web standards to assist developers in making it very easy to build applications, based on the tools and procedures they have been using to build Web applications (hence the name, webOS). This will allow hundreds of thousands of Web developers to think of webOS as a natural extension of the Web and, therefore, accelerate new applications for the Palm Pre platform.

Reason No. 4: The Palm Pre's on-device App Store is powered by PocketGear

The Palm Pre's on-device App Store is powered by PocketGear, a company that has been working with Palm for many years. The old Palm application store was Web-based. You selected and purchased an application off the Web, and then downloaded it to the phone the next time you docked your Treo or Centro to your PC.

Now the new App Store has been moved over to the Palm Pre, so that same process can be used to select applications in real time while using the device. (Note: similar to the iPhone App Store, the on-device part is just a directory. The actual application is stored, in many cases, on a remote server and the App Store simply selects, manages payment and then downloads it off the server).

Since the Palm development community has already built more than 100,000 applications for the previous Palm Treo/Centro platform-and PocketGear was used to manage the distribution of those applications-this will put the Palm Pre on a fast track so that developers will be able to easily build (or convert) applications for the Pre and get them distributed.

Reason No. 5: The Palm Pre's real, pull-out keyboard is very important for business users

The real, pull-out keyboard is very important for business users who process a number of e-mails and text messages. The iPhone's virtual keyboard is OK, but it doesn't have any tactile feedback. To be sure, the Pre keyboard is somewhat narrow, but the real keyboard has been shown by many research studies to be preferred.

Of course, using both is even better: using the pull-out keyboard when typing something more thoughtful and using the on-screen keyboard to tap a short sequence. The Palm Pre is the first smartphone to include both a real keyboard and provide a touch-screen. It's usually just one or the other.

Reason No. 6: The Palm Pre has solid integration and synchronization with Outlook

Palm Pre's solid integration and synchronization with Outlook makes it easy for many Outlook users (there's well over 500 million of them today) to connect the Pre to their PC and automatically sync with the Contacts and Calendar. And, there's a wireless backup service that makes a copy of your Pre data and saves it on their server. The Pre automatically syncs over-the-air with Outlook, Facebook and Google's Calendar and Contacts. I expect to see more sync services being announced in the coming months.

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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