Man oh man! They're salivating about Palm's new phones. Watching the 'walkthrough' on Gizmodo I can't but notice a close similarity of the OS to Apple's iPhone OS. But why oh why go with Sprint? "Palm Inc overhauled its mobile operating system and introduced a new touch-screen phone, sending its shares soaring 35 percent as investors hoped the moves can help win back customers from rivals such as Apple Inc. The new products, which impressed analysts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Thursday, were developed under the watch of former Apple executive Jon Rubenstein, who helped create the iPod and who was brought to Palm by its private equity shareholder, Elevation Partners."
http://www.alleyinsider.com/2009/1/palm-pre-looks-good "Is this an iPhone killer? No. Will it be the second-best smartphone on the market for consumers? A possibility. Sorry, Ed, but this is not a "significantly better" product than the current iPhone. And who knows what Apple will announce by the time Pre ships. If this phone is not the same price or cheaper than the iPhone, it has no chance."
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
Well, it's smaller, and it does three things that the iPhone doesn't.
(1) It has a slider full keyboard, so it's a better texter, (2) it multi-tasks, so you can run several apps at once, and (3) it shares whatever databased data across whatever client sessions, i.e., for example, in your contacts, any pertinent calendaring data can show up, along with Facebook stuff, data from your IM, etc, etc, and vice versa (your contact data can show up in your IM client, etc).
Looks okay - obvious rip off but does come close to the iPhone more so then the Storm
In the videos , I know the finish product is not out yet.
1 - Tilt to landscape mode has a serious lag time
2 - pinch and squeeze seems clunky
3 - Like the iPhone no flash player
4 - No number pad its shared with letters - In fact I called a place that I had to put in a long serial number with Jaz Storm I could not do it , the keys are to small for fat thumbs you go to press #5 you get anything but that
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