The Palm Pre was released on June 6, and the verdict is that it delivers on many fronts and can be strong competition for the iPhone if it is able to fix its app store and attract third-party developers. Analysts are calling the launch a success. Let’s take a closer look at the phone’s features and how it fares against competitors.
According to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, the Pre’s biggest advantage over the iPhone is that, in addition to sporting an elegant touchscreen interface that matches or exceeds Apple’s, the new Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) device has a real, physical keyboard that slides out from its curved body. The Pre is not the first smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard; Nokia, BlackBerry and Samsung have QWERTY devices too, but Palm is the first to effectively combine web browsing and touchscreen interface with a physical QWERTY keyboard.