PC Mags Dan Costa on Moving from WebOS to Android
PC Magazine's Dan Costa, previously a proud proponent of the Palm Pre and WebOS, has written two related new articles on why he is dumping his Pre in favor a device on the rapidly moving but fractured Android landscape: "Why I'm Dropping My Palm Pre" and "Why I Picked Up the Samsung Epic 4G with Android".
In Costa's own words, he was an original "Palm loyalist", having used Palm PDAs and smartphones since the first Pilot but could no longer live with the Pre's various platform, hardware, and network shortcomings compared to the rapidly-improving competition. In Costa's own words for WebOS: "The platform is clearly floundering".
He claims to have made his decision partly because he needed a more capable converged device, but also because of a lack of compelling new features in WebOS 2.0 and the Pre 2's exclusivity on Verizon combined with the lack of any new WebOS device upgrade path for Sprint users. This last point has become a very common complaint, especially with the recent Sprint Pre EOL confirmation. The final point to push this once-staunch Palm advocate to the Android platform was the arrival of Sprint's WiMax network in New York City.
Mr. Costa is staying with Sprint and in the process has traded in his Pre for $22 and a shiny new Samsung Epic 4G, which is the sort of device that many Palm-watchers have pined for since 2009. The Epic 4G's spec list is quite lust-worthy: 4" 800x480 Super AMOLED screen, portrait slider keyboard, 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU, 512mb RAM, dual cameras, and, of course, WiMax connectivity.