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Pre - First Thoughts

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January 8, 2009 06:36 PM PST

The tech world is all a buzz on Palm's new phone the Pre. It is impossible to predict whether this will be successful in the market or not. From the first reviews coming in however it is starting to look like this might be the most impressive iPhone competitor to hit the street yet.

The Pre goes directly for the iPhone's throat by hitting all its weak spots:

The new OS is rumored to be powered by Linux (what else?) People are very impressed with the UI. It appears to be the coolest of all the iPhone competitors. It looks and flows nicer than Android and is being received much better than the Blackberry UI. And of course it completely out classes TouchFlo running on Window Mobile. Some are even saying it is slicker than the iPhone itself, with more animations and other eye candy. The device itself looks very nice, certainly much better than the fugly Android G1. On the multi-tasking front Palm is aiming to prove that not only can it be done smoothly without compromising calls, or crashing apps, but that it 'should' be done. To prove this point the UI is designed specifically around this. The running apps reduce to active previews called 'cards' that provide live update and let you swipe between them smoothly. The browser is Webkit based and apparently is very good. By now it is pretty obvious that WebKit will win the mobile browser war. They are talking about an app store of course, and building apps using web technologies like html, css and Javascript. I'll reserve opinion on that strategy until more details emerge.

I won't link to the flood of information hitting the tubes on this, it won't be hard to find on your own.
One things for sure, the smart phone war is getting pretty interesting, and Microsoft is falling further and further behind.

Comments (4)
Paul, January 8, 2009 07:24 PM:

Maybe it's running BeOS, FTW!

FredB, January 9, 2009 12:43 PM:

And this is why competition is good. Along with features listed above, it also has bluetooth 2.1+EDR, which is something else iphones/ipods don't have. And the wireless power up sounds like a cool idea from Apple, only it isn't.

FredB, January 9, 2009 02:08 PM:

Forgot, iphones do have bluetooth.

john, January 9, 2009 02:55 PM:

Yes they do have bluetooth, but not 2.1 and you can't use it for ANYTHING besides a mono headset. No Stereo headphones, or tethering, wireless syncing or bluetooth keyboard. Since Windows Mobile and others can do all of these things, it's a good bet that the Pre will do them also.

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