Despite the widespread assumption that PDA grandaddy Palm was in its death throes, the company rolled out an iPhone competitor, the Palm Pre, at CES yesterday. The 8-gigabyte slider has GPS navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a new interface the company's calling WebOS. Looking good! This could be the beginning of a big comeback for Palm.
In about six months, the Palm Pre will be available exclusively on the Sprint network, and while pricing hasn't been announced yet, the phone is said to cost roughly in the $200 range. Now if Palm can just get an army of developers interested in creating web-friendly apps for the diminutive smartphone, it might have a shot at being competitive.