Verizon sure has been taking its good, sweet time in bringing HP’s Palm Pre 2 to its customers in the US. Europe’s had the phone since November, and Canadian users have been able to pick one up since December. Sure, if you were in the US and itching for a Pre 2 you could buy an unlocked model for $450, but most people interested in the smartphone have probably been waiting for a subsidized deal to come along. After several false starts, like the phone showing up in Walmart’s inventory system, Verizon is finally set to start carrying the Pre 2 tomorrow, February 10, a little earlier than expected.
The announcement came as part of HP’s webOS event today, alongside reveals of upcoming smartphones including the Pre 2′s successor, the Pre 3. That creates a bit of a sticky situation for anyone who was looking forward to picking up the Pre 2 once they had the chance. Do you buy a phone that’s arriving late to the game, when it’s already lined up to be replaced?
It might be a bit strong to call it “planned obsolescence”, especially considering how the Pre 2 is solidly outfitted with the latest webOS release, but the best thing the Pre 2 has going for it really is that it’s here tomorrow, and the Pre 3 isn’t. With a faster processor, larger battery, and bigger screen, the Pre 3 makes the decision to buy a Pre 2 all the more difficult. If they came out at the same time, with the Pre 2 billed as a smaller, cheaper, “lite” version of the 3, we might look at things differently, but these staggered releases present the 3 more as the 2′s successor, not a Pre 3 Mini.
Readers, will any of you be putting thought into snagging a Pre 2, or has that boat sailed, and you’re willing to wait for the Pre 3?