Originally Posted by iStink
And to everyone who's bringing up the existence of the app store as a reason not
to get a pre, just answer me one thing: What if Apple decided that they were going to give up because they had to compete with the popularity of Windows? Apple once was (and still is in some regards) the underdog that fought past the naysayers. Why wouldn't you relate to Palm in the same regard?
Yes, Palm is just as beleaguered today as Apple was in 1996-1998. I bought a G3 PowerMac in 1998 (though using only my soon-to-expire Apple Citicard reward points so it was really free - Citicard was another thing that Jobs killed), so that would be like buying a Pre today. So why did I buy?
Did I mention the reward points?
Seriously, I felt OS8 was competitive with Windows (and better in the AV stuff I was doing); and Hypercard was neat. And I had confidence that Jobs could bring Apple back, and bring developers back.
Is Pre competitive with iPhone? It's the best competitive device thus far.
Is there something in the Pre that I'd really want? No; multitasking, physical keyboard, replaceable battery, and Synergy are nice-to-have but nothing incredible. And I'd be giving up some current apps for 3-to-4 months; and the iPhone 3.0 apps/ecosystem is way ahead of where Palm is today.
Do I have more confidence in Palm or Apple to extend its utility (including 3rd parties) in the next 2 years? Palm has shown some innovation with Synergy, but Apple is the "founder" of the small-screen multi-touch paradigm. Palm app development just got started but the developer buzz is muted compared to that for iPhone 3.0 app development. And finally, I have more confidence in an Apple/Jobs/Cook vision, then in one from Apple castoff Rubinstein (who argued that iPod shouldn't become a phone).