Palm Mobile World Congress Coverage Wrap-up

Palm Pre In HandPalm's presence at this years Mobile World Congress this year has perplexed many people. Despite having one of the most anticipated new mobile products the company has kept somewhat of a low profile at the event. Despite numerous stories and shots of a GSM/HSDPA Pre models on hand, the company has not held a formal press conference and is not even talking about possible European carriers.

Despite all of that the tech press in general is still quite upbeat on the device which is apparently being shown in Barcelona with the same webOS build from CES. PreCommunity recently posted a lengthy 26 minute video demo of the Pre (embedded after the break). While PreCentral also got some decent eyess-on time and gleaned some possible OMAP 3430 processor details. The BBC also has a bit of Palm coverage from the show with a short clip focusing on the Android powered HTC Magic which also includes a segment with Ed Colligan about the Pre.

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No Review Units Yet?

Gekko @ 2/19/2009 10:17:37 AM # Q

WTF? why doesn't a Pogue or a Big Moss or CNET have one yet?

enough with the controlled demos. get this pig out already. every day you wait is another 1,000+ customers lost to Apple.

RE: No Review Units Yet?
Gekko @ 2/19/2009 11:23:25 AM # Q

How about the Palm Pre? Hesse says Sprint (S) has "high expectations" for the gadget, hoping it can please both consumer and business customers. He says it's still on schedule to launch in the first half of 2009, but that Sprint wants to make sure they really got it right before they launch it.

We - and Palm's shareholders, who are counting on the Pre to rejuvenate the company - hope that doesn't mean it'll face any meaningful delays. Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 3G and RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerry Storm both suffered launch bugs that would have best been ironed out before the gadgets went on sale.

Sprint shares are up 27% today after the company announced Q4 results this morning that suggested Hesse's turnaround plan may be working.

RE: No Review Units Yet?
VastheGreek @ 2/20/2009 3:05:10 AM # Q
Sprint? Who cares? Did Sprint pay for the development of the Palm Pre exclusively?
Palm users do not only live in the USA. There is a European and Asian market too.

Many of us expecting a GSM version. Release the bloody thing and forget Spint/Vodafoen etc. Since when all phones have to be tied to mobile operators? At the end of the day apart from being a phone it is also a PDA. I am happy with my TX but I will be moving to the Pre once it is out.

IIIxe -> TT -> TX

RE: No Review Units Yet?
bhartman34 @ 2/25/2009 3:14:31 PM # Q
At the end of the day apart from being a phone it is also a PDA. I am happy with my TX but I will be moving to the Pre once it is out.

I used to think that way, when I first got my Centro. It's a nice phone, and a serviceable PDA. But if you're more interested in the PDA side of the equation, going from a TX to a Centro feels like a step down. The TX is 3.8 in diagonally. The Centro's screen is a relatively measly 2.2 in. The Pre is 3.1 in. diagonally, which is bascially smack dab in the middle of the TX and Centro. Will that be a good size for a PDA? The best I can do is think, "Maybe..."

RE: No Review Units Yet?
twrock @ 2/26/2009 3:06:29 AM # Q
I'm feeling too lazy to do the math (geometry). At 3.1 for a rectangular screen, does that make the Pre's screen physically only as wide as the Centro's? These questions are important for those of us who entered the bifocal stage some time ago.

"twrock is infamous around these parts"
(from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)
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palmit @ 2/19/2009 10:18:22 AM # Q
Just makes me think we are still months away from its release.

RE: June
swieder @ 2/19/2009 10:27:26 AM # Q
I was thinking the same thing. With no service provider announcement at MWC I think the GSM version of the Pre will lag the version from Sprint.

I was considering switching from ATT to Sprint to get the Pre, but once I learned that Sprint can not handle voice and data at the same time I am going to wait.

I will keep using my 680 until an ATT or unlocked GSM phone is available.

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Pre Sprint Exclusive Until 2010

Gekko @ 2/19/2009 11:25:48 AM # Q

read it and weep!!!

Sprint Nextel has exclusive U.S. rights to sell Palm's hotly anticipated Pre phone through the end of 2009, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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