Syncing bugs and performance problems led him to abandon the Palm Pre:
If the Calendar app is not running, it takes 10-15 seconds to get
from “I clicked on the Calendar icon” to “I can see today’s
events”. And then, switching from the display of one day to the
next takes 2+ seconds (and it doesn’t buffer swipes, so you have
to keep trying).
It seems to me that the only way this phone is going to be usable
is for it to get literally 10× faster across the board. There was
a speed improvement of maybe 10% between WebOS 1.0 and 1.2.1, so I
think it’s safe to assume that they’ve already picked the low-hanging
fruit. I don’t expect the performance of this phone to be
even remotely suitable for every day use for at least a year.
★ Tuesday, 20 October 2009