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Leaked Launch Docs Reveal Palm Pre Arrival

Gordon Kelly


Leaked Launch Docs Reveal Palm Pre Arrival

I like the Palm Pre - a lot. At CES I was lucky enough to become the only member of TR to grab some genuine hands-on time with the handset and wrote a hugely positive First Impressions review. In fact the one downside has been the subsequent wait, but could it soon be over...

If the leaked documents obtained by BGR stand-up then the answer is a strong yes. The site claims to have obtained an internal memo from Palm which claims final meetings will be held on 3 June to address employee concerns, followed by a network briefing and 'Launch Lunch' on 4 June. Presumably from here a formal release should happen within days.

Interestingly, this timeframe ties perfectly with some rumours last week about a limited release of the handset through US mega chain Best Buy on - yep - 7 June. The move may also come just in the nick of time given the third generation iPhone(s) expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on 8 June. How this will relate to a UK/European release we don't know but it looks like we're in for an exciting week!

Now the big question everyone has asked me since testing out this stunning handset is Pre or iPhone? As an iPhone owner it's an easy answer: Palm Pre! This handset simply blows the iPhone 3G out the water with smoother, faster operation, even more responsive multi-touch and it is happy to run scores of programmes simultaneously making apps like IMs or VoIP clients actually useful.

That said, whether the Pre is better than whatever Apple lined up for WWDC 2009 is another question entirely. Of course if it isn't revolutionary then I know what I'll be Pre-ordering... (sorry, couldn't resist).


via BGR


May 8, 2009, 7:26 am

So now I have the choice of the Pre on Bell or the new iPhone on Rogers, or a new Android phone on Rogers. What a great choice to have to make.

I'll be watching the mobile space very closely this year. A friend and I were discussing it over dinner, and we both agreed, it's going to be red hot this year!


May 8, 2009, 2:33 pm

Here's hoping its not sold exclusively to one network like most decent phones seem to be these days! PS according to the schedule the 'Launch Lunch' is June 5th not 4th :)


May 8, 2009, 2:56 pm

If only it were as simple as choosing a phone solely on &#8220how it looks and feels&#8221, but that day has long gone.

Fact is that my iPhone is just a basic tool. A very good one, but a basic tool nether-the-less. What makes it into the superb &#8220can&#8217t live without it&#8221 device that it is, is the Apps Store!

I have tons of invaluable applications installed now that turn the iPhone into a gaming machine and give me access to a host of information I use every day. This morning the train journey went by in a flash as I was totally engrossed playing a tower defence game (that was free).

Without this level of application support the Pre is simply a &#8220nice start &#8211 lets see how it goes &#8211 perhaps it will be interesting in a year / two&#8221.

I&#8217m sure Apple won&#8217t adds anything revolutionary to iPhone 3, it&#8217s bound to simply be a better camera and hopefully an improvement to speed and battery, but you can bet that apple will be looking closely at what Pre offers for the next iteration.

Personally I&#8217ve always found that devices that offer to run multiple applications swiftly become overly complicated and put me off. You forget you&#8217ve set something running in the background and wonder why the battery is dead in 3 hours. Apple avoiding this to start with was a master stroke. If Pre can do this successfully then Apple will follow.

Finally I&#8217d just like to point out that I in fact love palm and am only a &#8220new&#8221 recruit to the iPhone. I&#8217ve had Palm&#8217s from the Pilot 5000 right through to their T3, but unfortunately the iPhone has now completely taken over.


May 8, 2009, 4:40 pm

@AJ- I agree with you on the value of the app store and the proof in the pudding for the Pre will be, as you say, all about the applications, support and firmware upgrades.

This whole Apple refusing to allow the iPhone to run background apps really sucks, and I suspect, a big reason as to why a lot of potential buyers will stick with s60 handsets & will be looking at the pre closely. Can you imagine spending £400+ on a netbook and Windows preventing you from running more than 1 program at a time because 'they're concerned that the battery life might suffer'?! Poppycock. They just wanted to cap VOIP usage, amongst other reasons i'm sure other people will know about.

It isn't hard to remember to look if you have any background apps running - what's wrong with Apple actually allowing paying customers decide what apps they need to run? I'm not talking about running 3rd party apps or hacking it...just let people run 2 or 3 official apps if they decide to. If we want to multi-task, listening to music whilst surfing the net or turn-by-turn GPS whilst receiving a call, why the hell shouldn't we be able to?

So, i'll take a hit on battery life...that's MY choice! If hundreds of millions of S40 & S60 users Worldwide can manage their own battery life and app usage just fine, I cannot see why Apple can't stop patronising iPhone users and let them do the same.

As much as I am anticipating the next iPhone & OS upgrade, the lack of multi-tasking in any form will be a decisive factor for me since I run Fring in the background of my Nokia's all day.

A Palm Pre for me please :)


May 8, 2009, 4:42 pm

I have an iPhone 3G too. And I think I'll be "Pre-ordering" regardless of what the next generation iPhone will be for two reasons. One: a good portion of the new features will be part of firmware 3.0, which I'll get for free. Two: the Pre will be a new experience while I don't see that happening with the new iPhone even if it is better than the Pre. It also helps that I carry two phones anyway (one personal and one for business). So, the Pre will be replacing the E71, not the iPhone 3G.


May 8, 2009, 5:15 pm

Got to agree with AJ. The iPhone is the metaphorical blank slate; it's a very sleek and sexy blank slate that's more intuitive than all the slates which came before it which are all kind of stuck in their slate-y ways... but it's a slate all the same.

The App Store is the hammer and chisel here. So much more so with the new SDK (most importantly, full accessory support) and rumours of new hardware (decent cam/video cam, magnetic compass), the iPhone will become whatever you want it to become... On the assumption that there's a developer somewhere that agrees with you.

Dave 13

May 8, 2009, 7:23 pm

LAUNCH LUNCH is on June 5th

so much lunch, so much.


May 8, 2009, 8:58 pm

@cub: actually what you've just described is actually Windows Mobile. a blank slate that you can chisel to your own liking. don't like the homescreen, then change shell. media player not good enough, change it. want to try a different browser, have at it. notice something about these examples? they are all things you can't do on an iPhone! (without hacking it in the former's case)


May 8, 2009, 10:09 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - bless your one man crusade ;)


May 9, 2009, 5:57 am


Two man crusade thank you very much!

Tony Walker

May 9, 2009, 2:42 pm

I'm wondering if someone is having a laugh at that site's expense. I'm sure Palm would know how to spell "benefits" and not miss the "e". In the iPhone compass story from the same site there is an option on that "General Location" page of "Kitchen Sink". Call me cynical, but...

Tony Walker

May 9, 2009, 2:50 pm


Ah! The iPhone standard apps and interface are good enough (I would say excellent) that you don't need a replacement. Winmob's suck, big time, forcing you to seek replacements.

And yes, I used Winmob for over 18 months (T-Mob version of HTC Tytn) and many versions of same on PDAs going back years.

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