An ominous perspective for Palm to ponder
That's a major weakness of Palm Inc.'s much-anticipated new gadget. The $199 Pre is a powerful, versatile smartphone, and in some ways better than Apple Inc.'s renowned iPhone 3G. But it falls short of the elegant simplicity that Apple has taught us to expect.
Besides, Apple's just cut the price of the basic iPhone to $99, half that of the Pre. And Apple is rolling out new, improved iPhones and upgraded software to boost capabilities. Throw in a desperate recession, and it's plainly a lousy time to launch the Pre, but it's the only time Palm's got.