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Palm Pre will launch on June 6 nationwide

One of the most anticipated smartphones scheduled to launch this year is the Palm Pre, which was first announced at CES in January. Sprint officially announced the launch date and features of the Palm Pre today. The launch date nationwide will be on June 6. The Pre will sell for $199.99 after a new two-year Sprint service agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate.

Sprint claims that the Pre is the perfect handset for the user who juggles both a busy home and work life. The Pre allows users to get the business features and entertainment features that typically require different handsets in one device.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said, "The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over,” said Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint. “With Pre, compromises of the past are history."

Sprint reports that the Pre is optimized for use with its Everything plan offering unlimited voice, data, and text messaging on the device. Among the key features Palm Synergy of the Pre are linked contacts, layered calendars, and combined messaging.

Linked contacts allow you have access to contacts from multiple sources in one place. Contacts from Outlook, Google, and Facebook can be put into the device and the phone will recognize that contacts from three different places are all the same person and combine them.

Layered calendars allows you to see work and personal calendars in one look and users can remove layers they don’t want to see. Combined messaging allows viewing all chats with the same person in a chat-style view even if it starts in IM and then a reply is sent via a text message. Pre also searches the device and the Internet at the same time.

Palm President and CEO Ed Colligan said, "Pre is truly a new phone for a new web-centric age. We’re a mobile society, and we want our people, calendars, and information to move with us. With Pre’s exquisite design and the unique webOS software, running on Sprint’s fast broadband network, we’re changing the perception of what a wireless phone can be."

Some of the Palm accessories have already been leaked online including the Touchstone charging dock. The Pre will ship with a normal power cord that you plug in. The Touchstone accessory will give users a special back plate and a Touchstone charger that charges the Pre by simply setting it on the charge pad. The complete Touchstone kit will sell for $69.99 and will be available on June 6. Palm will also sell the accessories separately with the Touchstone dock selling for $49.99 and the Touchstone back cover for $19.99.

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RE: Yes!
By Murloc on 5/19/2009 11:15:59 AM , Rating: 3
palm pre has got a real keyboard

RE: Yes!
By omnicronx on 5/19/09, Rating: -1
RE: Yes!
By Natfly on 5/19/2009 1:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
Your post confuses me.
"to lose sleep over" - to worry about excessively. So slide out keyboards are nothing to be worried about? In what sense?

As far as tactile keyboards being worse than a pure touch screen, I'd have to disagree. In my experience tactile keyboards, even small ones, you can feel where to push with your thumb. So even with big fingers, you know exactly what part of your thumb to push down.

RE: Yes!
By invidious on 5/19/2009 1:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
he obviously meant "nothing to get excited about" but you did make me laugh pointing out his misphrasing.

I had no trouble getting used to the touch keyboard, you get used to not having the tactile response relatively quickly. I am not sure that it is necisary, autocorrect and muscle memory do the job just fine. Now that you mention it I am going to go try to find a wpm app to see how fast I can type on my iphone.

If anyone can do this on a phone with a querty keyboard please post your results, also post your wpm for using a computer to put things in perspective.

RE: Yes!
By quiksilvr on 5/19/2009 2:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see why they feel the need to squish a full keyboard like that IN PORTRAIT. You can easily type with this:

It's simple, they keys are huge, and makes one handed texting a snap ( why else would you have a full potrait keyboard in the first place? If it was intended for two hands, a slide out landscape keyboard would have made a lot more sense).

RE: Yes!
By TomZ on 5/19/2009 3:35:38 PM , Rating: 3
Bottom slide out keyboards are nothing to lose sleep over. If those with big fingers thought they had problems with the iPhone softkeyboard, just wait until they try to use this.
I see people texting all the time with these types of keyboards, and they are 5X faster than people trying to type on an iPhone. It's not even a close race at all.

RE: Yes!
By omnicronx on 5/19/2009 4:49:38 PM , Rating: 1
and they are 5X faster than people trying to type on an iPhone.
On a slide down keyboard? I really doubt that considering you have to use one hand. I'm not one for a touch only keyboard either, I went from an HTC apache with a lanscape keyboard to a HTC touch dual with a slide down keyboard and there was no comparison. I found the the touch dual's keyboard essentially useless compared to the softkeybard because you have to slide it down anyways, so its not like you can press buttons in your pocket. While its not a full keyboard like the pre, it still lacks the same real estate which makes using two hands impossible.

So back to the main point, I don't own an iPhone so I cannot compare. But I surely can type almost as fast as a slide down hard keyboard using my diamond in landscape mode. It was the reason I chose the diamond over the Touch Pro.

Furthermore simple programs exist to give feedback when you hit a key on the softkeyboard, this greatly improves my accuracy too.(no double pressing, you know if you have hit a button or not)

RE: Yes!
By retrospooty on 5/19/2009 11:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
"If those with big fingers thought they had problems with the iPhone softkeyboard, just wait until they try to use this. "

Umm... You do realize that all Treo's that started the whole smartphone craze, and most win mobile phones, which improved upon the Treo platform, and most blackberries which totally dominate the entire market all have this same size keyboard right? Its pretty much a standard. For most smartphone business users (which is hte bread and butter of the market segment) the iphone's biggest drawback is the lack of it.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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