Palm to unveil new OS and handset at CES today

Posted By on January 8, 2009

Current Palm phones

If you are a Palm device user who appreciates Palm products, Thursday January 8th 2009 might be the day that determines the company’s future.  Palm Device 2009At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) advocates expect the announcement of Palm’s long awaited new Nova operating system and new smartphone. The rumored new device is expected to compete with the latest and greatest from Apple, RIMM and others. Currently their smartphone choices and carriers have been slimming down (above), and many of users are carrying phones well past their prime (at least “prime” defined by gadget lovers).

Palm Treo 700p and Jawbone

While I’m not particularly in a hurry to replace my Treo 700p, the bulky size and inability to multitask, along with its poor bluetooth performance, makes  few improvements desirable.  I could have side-graded to the much smaller and bestselling Centro that both my wife and daugher use, but the improvements are relatively minimal. For me, the ‘smaller screen and keyboard’ is even more challenging for my fat thumbs and aging eyes, so I’ll wait to see what shows up at CES.

Along with other smartphone users, I have put together my Palm phone wish list that continues to grow over time. One of my concerns is program compatiblity and availablity for whatever new device and OS is developed. It’s not that I require all that much more than a basic communication device, but I do enjoy some of the software gadgets like Slingplayer, Kinoma, My Bible and PDANet and pTunes.

  1. High 3/4G quality cellphone
  2. The latest A2DP Stereo bluetooth profile without glitches
  3. Improved form factor (thin) with edge to edge touch screen
  4. Fast processor, large built in memory and good battery life
  5. Removable battery and removable micro SD card
  6. Full keyboard that remains usable for one hand navigation
  7. Multitasking OS that is stable
  8. 3.5mm headphone/headset jack
  9. Decent quality camera with video/macro option (and a flash)
  10. Edge hard switches for ringer and volume
  11. Better low power push email capabilty
  12. WiFi option
  13. Built-in GPS and mapping
  14. Better Browser with Flash support
  15. Easy database and application migration from my old device to a new device


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