Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

Summary: It should be a big week of news with MacWorld and CES taking place and one of the most anticipated announcements surrounds Palm and what they will be revealing on Thursday. CrunchGear just posted some thoughts on the possible new Nova device that we may see this week. According to their source, the new OS is "amazing" and "iPhone-like". Speculation is that the device may have a slider display that reveals a Treo-esque keyboard. As a fan of the Palm Treo Pro and older Treo devices I would find a slider of this design very compelling.

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Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?It should be a big week of news with MacWorld and CES taking place and one of the most anticipated announcements surrounds Palm and what they will be revealing on Thursday. CrunchGear just posted some thoughts on the possible new Nova device that we may see this week. According to their source, the new OS is "amazing" and "iPhone-like". Speculation is that the device may have a slider display that reveals a Treo-esque keyboard. As a fan of the Palm Treo Pro and older Treo devices I would find a slider of this design very compelling.

A large touchscreen, with the option to also have a Treo experience with a keyboard would be a fantastic design, IMHO. The Palm OS (version 5.x) is already very iPhone-like with the icons that launch applications on a home screen and simplistic limited multi-tasking functionality. I think Palm could have probably taken the existing Palm OS and made some significant improvements and come out with this type of new design and been competitive with the iPhone. If this new design is real and it runs a much more optimized and current OS, then Palm could really have a winner on its hands. You know that I will definitely be buying one since I have a place in my heart for Palm and like the latest and greatest devices.

Most all mobile enthusiasts, including myself, feel that this announcement on Thursday needs to blow us away in order for Palm to continue to be a player in the mobile space. There are also a ton of people that want to see Palm succeed and even just looking through the comments on CrunchGear you can see there are still many Palm fans out there. Palm can sell a large number of units of a new device, even with the iPhone, Google Android, and others, because they still have their name brand recognition (amazing to think with all of their name changes and misdirection over the last couple of years) and there are many who still like the simply, yet effective Palm OS.

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  • I'll 2nd that notion...

    Palm OS 5 still works very nicely for me. There are a couple of things I would like to see changed.

    1.) The handling of documents. Currently, if you want to edit a Word or other Office document, you have to sync it into Documents-To-Go where each document is stored in a database. I would rather see them as stand alone files.

    2.) Please KEEP the macro feature! Being able to graffiti in a few characters and have that replaced by a block of text is VERY useful. If that goes, I'll just have to keep my Tungsten T2 until it drops dead on me.
    Wolfie2K3
    • document handling and other thoughts

      When it comes to Documents to Go, I don't even bother with the desktop app on my Treo 680.

      I just drag and drop files from my computer to the Documents folder using Card Reader software that provides access to the SD card through Windows Explorer.

      Much easier to manage files this way, I find.

      I'm one of the die-hard Palm OS loyalists begging for something new. While Palm OS 5 works ok, there are some things that are really bad, including bluetooth functionality (or lack thereof, can't make the commute back and forth from work without the Treo crashing and resetting at least twice (well, now I can if I turn off the phone, but the whole point is that it does not stay stable with both phone and pocket tunes running).

      Wi-fi would be great, too.

      A bigger screen would be great, too.
      dgarts9
  • RE: Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

    I love my centro... it only lacks... storage space! Give me a 60GB Palm with a little bigger screen...heaven.
    notlehs
  • It has been a long time coming and I an waiting.

    I used my i705 since I got it in clearance at the end of its product run until a few months ago when my cat barfed on it and destroyed it. I have also used a z71 and other older models over the years. I am currently using a z31. I am a confirmed Palm user. I wanted to get a refurbed Treo just have a Palm with a keyboard. This new item will get my attention. If the numbers crunch, Palm will get my cash.
    I also save to my SD card with Documents to Go since Linux does not have a real Palm/Docs to Go desktop. Just save in .doc format.

    Paul
    pfyearwood
  • You've got it backwards

    "The Palm OS (version 5.x) is already very iPhone-like with the icons that launch applications on a home screen and simplistic limited multi-tasking functionality"

    Actually it should read that the iPhone is Palm-like.
    Beat a Dead Horse
  • I'll 3rd that notion

    There are still a lot of Palm fans out there, like myself, who do want to see Palm succeed, and that may be what we have been long awaiting. If people still back Palm's devices like the Centro with so many setbacks, imagine now, a Treo with wifi, sliding qwerty keyboard, (consequently) big screen, 8 freakin gb (remember when LifeDrive was released boasting 4 gb and it was a big deal?), multitasking, 3.5 jack (people underestimate this, but the 2.5 jack in my Treo 650 is a pain in the neck, compatibility-wise), 3 mp camera with flash AND a replaceable battery. We're quite simply before the dream of every Treo owner!

    Matthew got it right on the money, as it went exactly like people had awaited: it blew off everybody's minds. There are still lots of skepticals, but Palm has always had the potential to once again be the leader in portable devices, whether they are handhelds (unfortunately a dying market) or smartphones.

    Let's hope Palm has done its homework right and knows how to manage the gold it has in hands now.
    doughboyo