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10 reasons open source smartphones will win

Jul 22, 2009, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"7. Multitasking
This shortcoming is one of the aspects of the iPhone that bothers me most. If I am on the Edge network and I accidentally click the mail button, I can give up on using my phone for a while. And I have had a number of occasions when an alarm has canceled a phone call.

"The iPhone simply cannot multitask. Both the Android and the Pre can...

"10. Creativity
How long do you think it will be before the open source community has created a super-light version of Apache to run on the Pre? Imagine being able to carry your own Web server around with you. How much geek cred will that bring? And it will not end there.

"The open source community will find many creative ways to use the Palm Pre. Mail servers, CMSes, network security tools--the possibilities are endless. Soon, you will probably see a standard Linux desktop on the device. Hopefully, if someone does manage to do that, they will at least leave the phone feature intact."

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