Palm Pre Continues to Generate Interest at CTIA Mobile

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In the minds of many, the unreleased Palm Pre may be the biggest potential threat to Apple's growing iPhone marketshare. Announced at CES, the Palm Pre is an entirely new platform developed by Palm to replace their long-running Palm OS.

The Palm Pre will be the first multi-touch mobile phone to be released following the iPhone. This fact has generated a number of veiled legal threats between the companies.

Palm was demonstrating the Palm Pre at CTIA Mobile this week. Computerworld provided some early impressions:
the webOS is layered to allow users to keep several applications open at once and to let them flip seamlessly between them. The Pre's main button at the bottom center of the device acts as an all-purpose "zoom out" button that shrinks applications in use and gives users the ability to browse through other apps. Although this sounds like it could be confusing, Palm has designed its operating system to make flipping through apps a breeze. Basically, users can flip through their open apps by moving their fingers from left to right -- or vice-versa -- along the phone's touch screen, just like flipping the pages of a book.
A promo video from Palm is also available showing the operating system in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waS1jKCrm5I

Meanwhile, Pre Central has an actual hands on video showing the operating system in real usage.

The Palm Pre uses the ARM Cortex A8 (not multicore) CPU and PowerVR SGX GPU, which are a step beyond the technology Apple currently has in the 3G iPhone. Apple has been rumored to be working on a major hardware refresh for the iPhone that is due this summer.


Article Link: Palm Pre Continues to Generate Interest at CTIA Mobile
 

WhySoSerious

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bring on the competition!!! this will only make the iphone that much stronger.

is it still set for april 30th as a release date?
 

Donz0r

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Apple needs to step it up. This thing is well rounded and has some really nice features that the iPhone lacks. 3.0 is a good start but it still is behind the webOS on the pre. I like virtual keyboard and more in depth apps though
 

DoubleU

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Is there any news as to international carriers for the Pre? The iPhone is in a lot of countries now, so if isn't available outside the US before the 3.0 launch it might struggle to make iPhone killing headway.
 

opeter

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Great! Fantastic piece of moder toy.

Hope that I can finally buy a modern smartphone in my country, since Apple doesn't sell i'ts phone here.
 

ziggyonice

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I really don't think it's that impressive. It does have a few features I'd like to see the iPhone adopt (e.g. multitasking), but at the same time it doesn't have the visual appeal or elegance the iPhone has come to be known for.
 

Schizoid

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how exactly did she type that reply?
on screen? voice commands? the power of her MIND?
 

swarmster

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If I can get it on my Sero plan, it's mine. I'm kind of psyched.

Of course, it will probably sit in the same pocket as my iPod touch, like my Centro does now.

I don't think anyone's calling this an iPhone "killer", anyway. RIM's shown that other phones can strongly co-exist with the iPhone. For one thing, the cell phone market in the US is way too fragmented for one phone to ever take over the entire thing. I'm sure not planning on switching to AT&T...ever...and even if you unlock the iPhone it doesn't have the hardware to work with anyone's network. So Pre for me.
 

Mjmar

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This phone looks great. After watching the video though, I realized we that the iPhone can already do all those things. I happen to like the virtual keyboard better too (I know it's weird). This may be the first true iPhone competitor though. Bring it on palm! This summer's gonna be great phone wise.
 

Monty1

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Honestly, I laugh when people think that other smart phones will shake iPhone success. No matter what kind of capabilities a competing product has, it will not affect the common consumers mindset on what phone to purchase. The success of the iPhone was due to it utilizing the family of features that were out there in an easy to use interface before anyone else. Most importantly though, it holds the apple name and the 'prestige' the comes with it. I bet more than half iPhones users only care about this. Us geeks are the outliers, constantly looking for new features etc.

Thank you for reading my rant
 

Roessnakhan

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I look forward to getting a hands-on with the Pre, but I can't switch to Sprint, awful service here. I only switched from my T-Mobile iPhone 2G to an ATT iPhone 3G because ATT improved its signal greatly with the 3G's release.
 

kinless

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Seeing as how I refuse to leave Sprint and my legacy $40 voice/data plan (I've never had signal issues where I'm at) I've got my sights set on this phone the day it's released.

I just hope Sprint doesn't force you to one of their expensive "Anything" plans or I'll just be forced to stick with my 755p, however badly it's aging.
 

ghostface147

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I think the Pre is not going to be the so-called iPhone killer, but it will get a market share that perhaps people aren't expecting. It looks great, OS looks great and has a lot of buzz. All they need is a solid price point, solid release and a smooth ecosystem. I may ditch my iPhone for the Pre once we get our 2 allotted test phones and run it through it's paces.
 

ipoppy

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I really don't think it's that impressive. It does have a few features I'd like to see the iPhone adopt (e.g. multitasking), but at the same time it doesn't have the visual appeal or elegance the iPhone has come to be known for.
Yeap...can't agree on that more:D

Honestly, I laugh when people think that other smart phones will shake iPhone success. No matter what kind of capabilities a competing product has, it will not affect the common consumers mindset on what phone to purchase. The success of the iPhone was due to it utilizing the family of features that were out there in an easy to use interface before anyone else. Most importantly though, it holds the apple name and the 'prestige' the comes with it. I bet more than half iPhones users only care about this. Us geeks are the outliers, constantly looking for new features etc.

Thank you for reading my rant
...and that even better.

This Palm look like windows for me ...so its fu**ed in my eyes already.:rolleyes:
 
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