Palm Pre, webOS and iPhone

I was advised to look into the Palm Pre as yet another mobile platform for which I could develop my games.  After looking into the Palm Pre’s webOS, and it’s Mojo Framework for development a little bit (I’ve only read the O’Reilly chapter available for free at the moment) I’ve discovered that the Palm Pre’s development framework is entirely ‘web app centric’, meaning that the Palm Pre’s webOS is a glorified web browser based operating system which simply exposes some additional ‘system level’ elements to the JavaScript driving the interactive portion of the web page.

The Palm Pre looks like a rather nice device, but, can it hold up to what the Apple iPhone is capable of? Can it ‘do everything an iPhone can do’, it does not appear so.  However, I have applied for access to become a Palm Developer, and would like to give the Palm Pre a fair shot at game development.  The games I develop, are largely 2D based and could be ported to HTML/CSS/JavaScript fairly easily because of this, but … can the Palm Pre’s webOS handle the resource requirements of a 2D game with moving parts, we don’t know.

It does, however, appear to be more than capable of handling 2D puzzle games, in the genre of Bejewelled, and Sudoko, etc.

The iPhone, on the other hand, has access to OpenGL ES, and is essentially just a crippled version of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.x), designed to run on a mobile platform.  This, allows the iPhone to do an unbelievable number of things … it’s great for viewing web pages, it’s great for productivity tools, and it’s one of the funner hand held game systems I’ve ever owned (compared to GB, GBA, NDS, PSP, etc).

So, will the Palm Pre really compete with the Apple iPhone … ? Perhaps in the corporate market, but … for the ‘day to day’ person, I believe the iPhone will continue to ‘rule the market’ so to speak.

I hope to eventually look into Google Android, as well as Blackberry Storm as well.  As the Andriod OS is comparative to the iPhone OS, and the Blackberry Storm is similar in nature as well (however, I’ve not yet looked into either … with the exception of seeing some advertisements here and there).

1 comment for “Palm Pre, webOS and iPhone

  1. July 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve had my Pre due to the fact shortly after release and am glad to discover (by way of this forum) that I can now set a ring tone on incoming text messages and can seek by way of e-mails and such. Now is there any hope for an upcoming release through which I can search my calendar? Would make my career a great deal much easier, discovering dates of final appointments. No other complaints, except that yesterday I had been in and out of Sprint support (not unusual). I believe I had been roaming, and looked at my calendar. Every little thing in the calendar was a single hour earlier than what I had input. The clock was just one hour early as nicely. I used to be scared to death–then, once we got back into Sprint assistance again, everything was normalized. Has this happened to everyone else?? Searching forward to answers, but please remember, I’m no techie and speak English rather than technospeak.

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