Looking at the competition: Does the HP Pre 3 gives us a glimmer of what QNX may look like on a BlackBerry?

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By Bla1ze on 27 Sep 2011 11:05 pm EDT

By now most are aware of HP's decision to stop making webOS powered hardware but that doesn't mean the webOS community as a whole has given up on webOS devices. Our friends over at Pre Central have completed their review of the long awaited HP Pre 3 and although its story is a tragic one, considering the device many webOS fans have been waiting for will never really have its time to shine -- it's still a good read that tells the tale of what could have been.

In reading the review, it's easy to see that the HP Pre 3 was finally the device many were hoping to have webOS on. A 1.4GHz processor, 480x800 display, 512MB of RAM and the option of 8GB or 16GB for storage, and an auto-focus camera finally made it, at the time of its announcement, state-of-the art. Derek covers his thoughts on the device quite well, despite knowing that it'll never really be fully available to all, so make sure you check it out.

When the BlackBerry PlayBook launched, a lot of people related the look of the BlackBerry Tablet OS to that of webOS and when reading Dereks review, I couldn't help but wonder if what we're seeing in the HP Pre 3 is a small glimmer of what we'll be seeing when QNX BlackBerry devices arrive on the scene.

The "card" metaphor is there, the styling is arguably similar, and some of the specs fall in line with rumors suggested for QNX BlackBerry smartphones so it's becoming increasingly easy to imagine QNX being shrunk down to a BlackBerry. We've seen some fake images pop up, but really RIM will need to play with their UI a little bit more to make it optimized for smaller real estate. For now, I think the HP Pre 3 gives us the best insight as to what QNX may look like. What do you all think -- and more importantly, were any of you all out there waiting on the Pre 3 to give webOS a shot?

Read the full HP Pre 3 Review on Pre Central

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Looking at the competition: Does the HP Pre 3 gives us a glimmer of what QNX may look like on a BlackBerry?


I have been having this thought lately, that perhaps HP and RIMM should put their heads together, and work on an OS that will benefit both of them. I hear WebOS has some nifty features and parts, and of course, we hear that QNX does likewise. Not saying it will work, just saying imho, perhaps they should be talking. They are both enterprise basic companies, and may be able to work together.

I agree with your opinion and both companies should look at their strong suits,HP/palm's systems with organization and RIM's with the e-mail and NOC.

BlackBerry and WebOS would be a wonder to say the least.

They are cut from the same wood and the loyalty that assist with both products customer base is astounding. Palm's biggest achilles in my opinion was their keyboards (something BB does better than all) and BB's weakness is of course the OS (something Palm does better than everyone).

Each company shares the spotlight for refusing to make phones with competitive screen real estate. The Torch 9810 should be minimum 3.5". The days of the 3-3.3" screens are over unless its a entry level device. In some cases they are a tad bit thick, but that can be said for the best Androids in many instances.

If QNX is our future, so be it, but it needs to virtually blow everything out of the water, otherwise, Crackberry may be on borrowed time (something I hope won't happen).

I think WebOS was dropped because of QNX. QNX has a lot more fuctionality than WebOS would have. WebOSs advantages weren't enough to run up against QNX in the long run. WebOS is also harder to write to as well. I was never interested in the Pre. Didn't like the form factor. The best thing Rim could do is hire as many of the WebOS coders as they can get. They are very talented to say the least.

The comparison is apt, but not in a good way. The common theme in both of these OS's is the mistake of using web technologies for an SDK. This is also why RIM and Palm have been so late to market with competitive devices: they need really strong hardware to make up for poor performance of these choices, and then have to wait for the prices of said hardware to come down while their competitors are killing them in the market.


"the phone would just bog down and lag for a minute or more while it attempted to clear space in the RAM. This was most evident in the web browser, where having three or four cards open would slow the phone to a crawl while we watched each card go to a giant gray spinner. It’s disheartening."

They should have added more RAM, if you notice the current top of the line phones, they are all using 768mb-1gb RAM. This would have alleviated the problem.

No, WebOS was dropped because it was not profitable to drain resources to make a phone and a mobile operating system that no one was buying. I agree with HP's move. They should continue to crack the business sector with servers and computers. That is where the money is. Forget the private sector.

The qnx phone should still have the physical keyboard that everyone love on their bold/torch.. And it needs a front face camera for video chat.. Then the blackberry would catch up with their competitors

I might be wrong but wasn't RIM supposed to buy the WebOS like 2 or 3 years ago? I mean it RIM can't get in with Android (Google) then this looks like a reasonable route with a partnership with HP (or total take over of WebOS). Guess we'll have to see.