June 7, 2009

Palm Pre Doing Well on Debut

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by Franz Bicar

It’s not as crowded as when the iPhone was launched, but nonetheless , crowds gathered outside Sprint Nextel Inc. stores and other retailers in the hopes of being among the first with the highly anticipated smartphones. The Palm Pre was officially launched last Saturday and the result is quite positive for Palm and Sprint.

Many of the those who lined for the new smartphone were original and loyal Palm Pilot users who wanted to support Palm and see them make it in this volatile and competitive market.

Sprint sells the device for $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate, plus a two-year service agreement. Not too expensive, there had been a steady line of customers at several stores across the East Coast. In fact, according to Boston.com, the Boston store sold out of its 55 Pres by 11 a.m. Of course, its not comparable to when the iPhone was launched but some officials say that they liked it better this way, slow and sure.

Among the features loved by the first successful Pre buyers is its bright screen and hardware keyboard. Some of them had tried the iPhone, or owned one, and wanted a hardware keyboard instead of a touchscreen, finding the touchscreen hard to use. Some of them were even willing to switch from Verizon Wireless and AT&T to do so.

Other notable features for the smartphone that appealed to users is its ability to multitask. Apple’s iPhone can’t do this or was limited to do this as of the moment.

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