Finally, the Pre
Released by Sprint earlier this month, the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/61683/review/pre.html|Palm Pre|Palm Pre]] is shaping up as Palm's [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/165926/five_reasons_the_palm_pre_wont_prevail.html|Hail Mary pass|Five Reasons the Palm Pre Won't Prevail]]--a late-game attempt to regain its former preeminence in the handheld universe.
Based on the completely new WebOS and featuring a slide-down hardware keyboard, a first-rate touchscreen, 8GB of internal storage (but no expansion slot), 3G (EvDO) and multitasking support, and intriguing integration with Web applications and services such as Facebook and Google, the Pre is the most innovative Palm product in more than five years (which is an eternity for a smartphone manufacturer).
At $200 with a two-year contract, it's competitively priced. But will that be enough to battle the iPhone juggernaut (and to stave off competition from BlackBerry and Android competition? Pundits are all over the map on the Pre's prospects: Here's an assessment from someone who thinks that [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/162528/the_palm_pre_will_be_an_iphone_killer.html|the Pre could be an iPhone killer|The Palm Pre Will Be an iPhone Killer]]; and here's [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/165926/five_reasons_the_palm_pre_wont_prevail.html|the Pre could be an iPhone killer|Five Reasons the Palm Pre Won't Prevail]].
What do you think?