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Palm Pre: Watch out iPhone?

by Sachin Balagopalan on January 8, 2009 · 1 comment

Palm today debuted it’s long awaited Pre at the CES in Las Vegas and not surprisingly triggered a whole lot of chatter on the blogosphere. It boasts a touch screen and a sliding QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the 3.5″ touchscreen. There is also a 3-megapixel camera with flash which is pretty cool. It supports EvDo, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Like the iPhone it runs on a brand new fully blown operating system called WebOS, and the UI is iPhone-esque. Gesture-based support - pinching, flicking, panning, zooming - is prominently enabled. No doubt Palm is trying to revive itself from underneath the rug and from all accounts they now have a device that can compete with the iPhone, Blackberry and the Android devices. The key selling points apparently are fast browsing and multi-tasking (which is not available on the iPhone). The “deck of cards” concept allows you switch between apps without shutting them down. Will they be able to give the iPhone a run for their money? I doubt it - not in the immediate future anyway.

Questions that remain opened are will there be an SDK for WebOS? What we know so far is anyone who knows CSS, HTML and XML will be able to develop for the OS without having to learn any new languages. That’s not good enough if they want to compete with the iPhone or Android. A cool device with all the bells and whistles is not enough to sustain the device in the marketplace. What’s key is a fully blown robust development platform where developers can build apps and also a distribution infrastructure like Apple’s appstore. Without that I don’t think they’re going to have a chance. However they did make a statement today that seemed to suggest that this is only the begining and good things are expected in the future…

NYT: … the new Palm platform represented a fundamental improvement over that of the iPhone and BlackBerry. Because it emphasizes on-the-go browsing and multitasking, … it is better suited for a mobile device. “Apple’s Mac OS X is about eight years old, and the BlackBerry platform is more than a decade old,” he said. “Palm’s platform is brand new. A new platform gives us the opportunity to innovate the way Google goes. This product is just the starting point.”

At the end of the day it’s still good news for Palm because they’re better off today than they were during the last few post Treo years. At the very least they should be able to give the bloated and archaic Microsoft Windows Mobile a run for their money!


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arrow outlet coupon code 01.31.12 at 11:11 am

Palm pre is made from the plastic but its build quality is not too great compared to other phones. Compare to the most other palm phones this one is quite good. If you are seriously looking to buy this phone that you should think twice or thrice.

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