The videos that have been released all show a fluid, smooth UI that is very responsive. The UI responds to keyboard input, touch input and gestures. The pull down keyboard features a trackball and the device also has an accelerometer built in which changes the orientation of the screen a full 360 degrees.Very slick.
The operating system is tightly integrated with a slew of web services including those from AOL and Facebook. Palm will have it’s own services and, judging from what I’ve read, will be much like Microsoft’s Live services. A Palm app store is going to be available as well.
The device has Wi-Fi and EVDO connectivity in addition to USB. It comes with a 3mp camera, but does not currently do video, which is a bit odd.
Perhaps the most clever part of the device is the charger: is uses induction. You simply place the device on the charger. No wires. Very clean.
The device has, so far, received positive reviews and Palm’s stock went up after the announcement. I hope the device does well for Palm. I have a soft spot for the company. I’ve owned several PDA’s from them and my wife has a Centro. My last PDA was a Zire 31, which I still use from time to time. It was a great PDA, but I used it as a portable media player until I bought the DS Lite and then the Zune.
The Pre will be available later in 2009…no definite date was announced. Sprint will carry the device initially.