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COMMENT. My Ex girlfriend has the Pre. I wish the keyboard was a side ways slider. I would take the Pre over the Blackberry 8530 that we use at my job.
I HAVE played with a pre pretty extensively. The software is really nice, but it's got crappy hardware. From this refresh it looks like the hardware will still be an issue.
Is this a sick joke?
In a world with iPhone 4's having retina displays, Droids and EVOs having 4.3 in screens. Phones with 4G. 8MP cameras and 720p video capture. People complaining about the Pre 1's cramped keyboard... This is a freaking JOKE... right?
RIP Palm. Even HP couldn't save you!
Why not Sprint?
What's most puzzling is why not Sprint? If I want to develop for anything resembling new Pre hardware I need to switch to Verizon? And as old as the Pre is, the Sprint Pre is even older.
This phone should've been released a year ago. I have absolutely no idea why what appears to be fairly modest upgrades took two full years.
What's most puzzling is why not Sprint? If I want to develop for anyth
It will support Verizon's mobile hotspot feature, allowing up to five other devices to tether via Wi-Fi.
does it have a cost?
$20 for 2gb of data
Good Job HP...
2. When will it be available?
3. What would be a contract and non-contract pricing?
Sigh, though glad the OS is updated but still not going to get another one.