So…quite a mixed bag!
They announced two new phones: one is the Veer, which is a tiny phone (the size of a credit card), and the Pre 3, which is like the Pre but bigger. I want the Pre 3, but it’s not coming out until summer. Which would normally be a bad thing, except that odds are it won’t be on Sprint, and my contract isn’t up until August anyway. But, we’ll see!
They also announced a tablet called the TouchPad, which looks pretty sweet but again isn’t coming out until August.
So my plan is to probably get a Pre 3 and a Touchpad, but they didn’t announce any pricing, carriers, or release dates (other than “summer”). This is a little frustrating, and I’m willing to bet that if they’re not saying now we’re not going to be happily surprised later. Or maybe it’s just because the release is so far off there’s still time for the price to bounce around. (or maybe they’re waiting on the price of the iPad 2?)
Other not-as-terrible-as-the-internet-says-but-kind-of-annoying news: there will be no over the air update to webOS 2.0 for current phones other than the Pre 2. Hopefully there will be doctors available for all phone/carrier combinations so you can manually upgrade the OS, but this means a lot of people probably won’t do it since it’s much less convenient. And then it makes targeting particular versions of the OS hard for developers.
So, overall the stuff still looks good, but the wait is gonna kill me!
A few external links:
– Engadget compares the TouchPad to the iPad and other tablets and it holds up well…for now.
– Here’s a good hands-on video of the TouchPad.
– John Gruber seems to like the looks of the TouchPad.
– Kindle app for the Touchpad – yay! (but it’s unclear whether it’s coming to the phones or not)
– Pre 3 hands-on with video
– There’s this neato Touch to Share feature that lets you touch the TouchPad and Pre3 together to pass a URL (demo video).