Palm Announces Palm Pre and webOS Platform

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  1. Voidness macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/08/the-palm-pre/

    Finally, after two years since the iPhone's announcement, Palm responds.

    Looks like a nice phone, but I'm not so sure about webOS. It's limited to running web apps, and we all know how that went with the iPhone. :)
     
  2. 7on macrumors 601

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    Yeah but the iPhone for webapps actually opened up Safari and loaded the page from the internet. With this phone the code is stored locally and all the prebuilt apps are web apps from calendar to the phone app.

    Apple's webapp idea might have gone differently if they did it that way.
     
  3. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    I think it looks pretty cool. I am not happy with the keyboard coming out of the bottom as opposed to the side, which would have allowed it to be bigger.

    I guess they are appealing to crackberry users who already have the dexterity to use those teeny buttons (ugh). The wireless charging is a neat gimmick too.
     
  4. leishan macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering how much longer it was going to take for them to get this to market. Too bad it is Sprint only...
     
  5. canisreevus macrumors member

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    Hard to type when in landscape on a portrait keypad. Other than that, looks nice.
     
  6. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    And here I thought Palm was going under. Oops.

    The only Palm based device I ever had was a Sony full color touchscreen PDA that spent most of its time being an awesome universal remote with TV Guide and news on it. But one run thru the wash changed all that. Silly me.

    I'll stick to my Blackberry, they know what they're doing. Palm lost the smartphone business for a reason.
     
  7. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    The Palm Pre looks lovely, the fact it has a keyboard that slides out and isn't that much thicker than the iPhone is a good call. Sometimes I get bored tapping on the iPhone screen writing out emails, I'd just rather reply instead from my mac.
     
  8. talkingfuture macrumors 65816

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    It looks promising but I would have ditched the keyboard. I just can't believe that they are that much better than the touchscreen keyboard on iPhone for phone use.
     
  9. coupdetat macrumors 6502

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    If this works with my SERO plan, I'm upgrading ASAP. My Centro is great, but the software is horribly outdated.
     
  10. 7on macrumors 601

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    I love that the keyboard comes out of the bottom. I had a landscape slider and never was able to type one handed. In fact I never use the iPhone's landscape keyboard.

    And I liked how the web browser didn't show a checkerboard like the iPhone when scrolling through a webpage.
     
  11. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Between Apple and Rim, I find it hard for Palm to gain anything out of this. To little to late IMHO.
     
  12. fteoath64 macrumors regular

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    Not True. Try typing while in a car or bus. It is basically IMPOSSIBLE. I can still type using a single left hand on the TREO 650!. Reply to SMS is way efficient, if can be done using one hand.
     
  13. fteoath64 macrumors regular

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    That maybe the US market but the rest-of-world has 10X the volume/demand compared to the US. Look Apple sells more iPhone by volume outside of the US. Pre will carve its market share from the WinMo phones like what Treo did before. There is plenty of picking in that space.

    Also remember Palm is not a no-name brand. Remember their Pilot, Tungstun. They did move volumes during their time. Not to mention the Treos.

    I would ditch iPhone the moment Pre beats it in functionality I want period. Dont like being locked to iTunes. Like DiskMode, A2DP, standard HSPA modem mode etc etc things that Apple for some silly reason things you don't need. If RIM behaves like this, they would be dead long ago. Today, RIM is doing fine, thank you!.
     
  14. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Never said they were a no name brand. I don't think they will beat out anybody at the moment. Even with this announcement. If they do great! But I don't think they will.

    Here is some reading for you about the launch etc...

    Source: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200901081444DOWJONESDJONLINE000869_FORTUNE5.htm



    Source:http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/01/09/needham.on.palm.pre/

    Of course Palm may come out of no where and take the market by storm. Who knows. I just don't see that it will. That is all. Not saying it is bad or that it sucks etc. I just think they were a little too late to the game that is all.
     
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    I'm liking it. Maybe I'll take a look at his before I get my iPhone in March since I'm already on Sprint. Not sure it'll change my mind, though. It'll all come down to the OS.
     
  16. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I'm a wait-and-see too. I'm out of contract w/Sprint so I know I can leverage a good deal w/them to re-up for another 2 years, but currently they don't have any phones that I find all that appealing. Maybe the Palm Pre will change that.


    Lethal
     
  17. leishan macrumors 6502

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    How do you guys with Sprint feel about their service? Sorry to get of topic...
     
  18. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I've been w/Sprint for nearly 10 years and my overall experience has been positive. A big reason I'd like to stay w/Sprint is that most of my friends and family use Sprint as well so I save money by making mostly in-network calls.


    Lethal
     
  19. coupdetat macrumors 6502

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    I've been with Sprint for about four years on the SERO plan. Their customer service used to be truly awful, but I've noticed it has improved in the last year or so. I'm really happy to hear about the Pre because Sprint has always had a terrible phone selection, though. I've stayed with them solely because of SERO but hopefully the Pre will give me another reason.

    Also, their 3G (EVDO) is amazing and coverage is excellent.
     

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