Just a matter of years ago we as a generalized society evaluated computers solely based on their hardware specifications. And while the need for modern and capable computers hasn’t gone away recent years have created an entirely new market for low-end personal computers that sport low specifications and respectively low price-tags.
Before the smartphones and the mobile industry as we know it developed to what it is today, Palm was seen as one of the largest and most powerful manufactures of PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) devices – essentially smartphones without the mobile networks and mobile data connectivity. However, as the mobile industry became packed with newcomers and new innovations, Palm quickly became left in the dust and was regarded as nothing more than a company that could not keep up with the times. Even though Palm produced smartphones as well, they simply were not competing with the new manufacturers at the same level that they once had.
In an effort to get back in the smartphone industry as a bigger player once again, Palm developed the webOS platform which was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2009 – along with the Palm Pre, which became much sought-after at the time. One of the key features behind webOS, as its name suggests, was the fact that it integrated very heavily with the mobile web and Internet communications, allowing users to be connected to what mattered to them.
It has been almost 5 months since the first iPad has come out and people are already wondering what the next iPad should have. Since the release of the iPhone 4, people have found some features on the phone that should be on the 2nd generation iPad. For example, people are really hoping to see a retina display on the next iPad. After using the iPhone 4 for over a month now, I couldn’t agree more. The retina display is absolutely stunning and the thought of having it on a 9.7 inch display would be even better.
That brings me to another point: screen size. People are saying that they think the next iPad should have a smaller screen. I am going to have to disagree there. After using the iPad for a little while, I don’t think I would want anything much smaller. What would be really nice is if they could somehow reduce the weight of it. Another big request is either a front facing camera, back facing camera or both. At first, I didn’t really see a need for it, but after using the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime feature, I really see an advantage to having some kind of FaceTime feature on the iPad.