New 'Meet Pre' video from Palm emerges

Yesterday, one YouTube user was kind enough to post a video of Windows Mobile 6.5 running on a HTC Touch HD. Today it's the turn of WebOS from Palm Pre to grab all the attention. Neowin posted a video earlier this month, in which Peter Skillman, the man behind the design of Palm Pre explained the features of the much-awaited Palm Pre. A new video sporting the Palm Pre's Calender feature appears in the Palm website adding much more anticipation to the Pre, which is rumored to hit the stores on March 15.

Have a look at the Calender Interface integrated with Contacts demonstrated in the video below.

Pretty cool interface, isn't it?

Meanwhile don't forget to check out the the impressive spec list of Palm Pre and the photo gallery in Palm's site which explains how to work with multiple applications in Pre, the notification bar, Web-connected applications , Universal Search and other features of Pre.

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You meant Rubinstein?

And it's former Apple engineer, not just Apple engineer. With that same thinking in place, I could say:

Palm Pre: brought to you by Apple, HP, and NeXT.

Actually, the Pre dev team is filled with ex-Apple talent (like Chuq Von Rospach and former Apple engineer Paul Mercer ) brought over by ex-Apple VP Rubinstein, who has deep knowledge of Apple's R&D process and led the development of the iPod. Rubinstein now leads Palm's research, development, and engineering.

Further, Palm last year accepted a $325 million cash infusion from Elevation Partners - the VC outfit at which former Apple CFO Fred Anderson now spends much of his time as Managing Director and Co-Founder. Wow. Can you say "keeping it in the family"??

Is it any coincidence that the *only* real and promising challenge to the iPhone thus far, is coming from a company that is peopled by ex-Apple employees, led by a former Apple legend, and funded by another company that has a pretty substantial Apple connection? And Palm is also in Cali.

You might as well call Palm "Apple of Sunnyvale."

Who knows, I might just get an iPre as a companion to my iPhone.


Maybe with these connections in place, Apple may not go after Palm that much as opposed to what the press speculates?

Friendly competition can't hurt, especially when Apple appears to hold a large portion of the smartphone marketshare right now.

I will admit that as much of an Apple fan as I am, it's good that the Pre will inject the industry with some strong competition. It's about time. I'd like to see an improved iPhone and if the Pre is as good as it looks, it'll keep the fire going under Apple's ass.

I'm dying to see the real capabilities of Android, BTW.

Motorola is next. Right now, they've got nothing. And an insider buddy of mine says that their recent presentation at Rogers wasn't all that impressive. Well, the whole theme of their presentation was a big ?. That's right, a question mark. They showed that 06 was the year of Qwerty (or was it "thin"), 07 was the year of "thin", 08 was the year o "touch", and 09 . . . ?

It could mean anything, but it might do Motorola some good to go dark for a year and then make a strong comeback. If they can handle such a strategy to begin with.

I'm not going to call it an iPhone killer, because every time something is declared a * killer it falls flat on its face (I'll save the examples, you guys know what I'm talking about).

But if this phone is half as good as the demos make it seem, it could be some serious competition in a market that could use some. It just might motivate Apple to push the iPhone even further, which I wouldn't mind at all.

It's actually NeXTSTEP, which was Steve's company anyway.

And as for what went before, has really nothing to do with OS X.

I am very impress that palm pulled out all the stops and hired some good techs to beef up the interface. Looks very slick, but I wanna see how it will stack up to the g1 in terms of software apps.

You see, Palm knew what needed to be done. Their old system was really starting to show its age, so they threw it out and designed a new one that has a great touch interface. Microsoft needs to do the same thing with WinMo.

I have never really been a Palm fan, but I must say this looks nice. They support a capacitive touchscreen (unlike WinMo), they don't lock down application distribution (unlike iPhone), and they allow multi-touch (unlike Android and WinMo).

It does seem almost like they took the problems with every other phone and got rid of them. But we still haven't used the phone, very few people have seen it in person. I'm sure there's something wrong with it :P

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