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Palm Pre, the phone to save the company

Palm introduced today the Palm Pre which puts everything you ever wanted into one package. This phone will be limited to Sprint initially but will spread to other carriers over time. The impressive spec list for the Palm Pre is listed below:

  • High-speed wireless (EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, depending on version)
  • 802.11b / g WiFi
  • Integrated GPS
  • 3.1-inch 24-bit color 480 x 320 display
  • Dedicated gesture area below display
  • Slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard
  • Exchange email support in addition to POP and IMAP
  • IM, MMS, and SMS messaging
  • High-performance browser
  • 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and "extended depth of field"
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connectivity with USB 2.0
  • Proximity sensor for detecting when phone is near face
  • Light sensor to automatically dim display
  • Ringer mute switch
  • Removable rechargeable battery
  • 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm closed
  • 4.76 ounces
The OS (based on Linux) is no slouch either, a very modern, clean, and user friendly interface with all the eye candy you could ever want. The web browsing is based on Webkit and appears to work in a manor equal too, if not better than the coveted iPhone. Palm has confirmed that an app store will be available for the new platform and an SDK will be released in the near future. While many have put Palm to rest over its defunct OS, this phone and OS package may save the company. Ladies and gentleman, the first true iPhone competitor is here.

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