The Palm Pre - yet another iClone handset
Hey, I'll happily admit I'm a fan of the iPhone, no two ways about it. But is it only me that thinks this new Palm Pre already looks five years out of date? Sliding keyboards - that's so 2004, isn't it?
Slightly underwhelming, unless you're a Palm obsessive. The screen is similar to an iPhone with a 320 x 480 multi-touch display. And there's that sliding keyboard, but instead of presenting it in landscape (like the behemoth that is the T1 handset) it's a portrait keyboard. The practical reason might be to keep the screen free, but was it worth abandoning the aesthetics? For those grumbling about the keyboard on an iPhone being tooo small, it's hardly an improvement.
Unveiled at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, somebody may find a home for it when released later in the year. But really - shouldn't manufacturers be trying to better the iPhone instead of ripping it off?