When the original rumors about the Palm Gandolfini surfaced, we were concerned about its lacking touchscreen and minimal impact for the already struggling Palm OS ecosystem(article here). However, the PalmInfoCenter has just managed to gain access to spy shots of the new box:
To cut a long story short – I will probably not get an 800p or 800w…the machine is simply too small to use it properly. As already outlined here, the main asset of Palm’s Treo is the keyboard and the rather big touchscreen. Together, this creates a mobile device where text input is extremely easy and fast…the Treo 680 blows Nokia’s N71 out of the water for me speed-wise.
The Treo 800p…is exactly the opposite. If its keys really are substantially smaller than the 650′s(quote PIC), the machine simply lacks the ‘Treo touch’ for frequent users. So, they will probably not want to upgrade…
However, compared to a on-screen keyboard or a T9 keyboard like the one found on the Nokia N71, even a tiny QWERTY keyboard is a huge improvement – the speed boost is almost imminent, eliminating the annoying “lag” between brain and device. So, for them, the Treo 800p definitely is an improvement…
Overall, I think that the 800p is not designed to please power users who ‘live’ on their Treos. It rather should reach out to the ‘teen and soccer mom’ audience who want a half-smart phone(maybe after having had an iPhone and growing tired of its lacking features). While this market probably isn’t going to buy freak apps…it will probably still have an impact onto the developer community….
What do you think?