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It is Thursday and that means it’s time for another Palm Press. Palm Press is our weekly look at the world of Palm. Poor Palm. It seems that Android is the only topic in the tech world these days, leaving Palm and webOS in the dirt. […]

palm-pressIt is Thursday and that means it’s time for another Palm Press. Palm Press is our weekly look at the world of Palm. Poor Palm. It seems that Android is the only topic in the tech world these days, leaving Palm and webOS in the dirt. One rumor about Palm that has cropped up has AT&T getting the Pre, even before Verizon. This rumor came from someone who claims that a Palm rep gave a demo of the Pre on their network. There’s little doubt that AT&T would like to get hot phones like the Pre on their roster, given that every week a rumor crops up that the iPhone will be going elsewhere one day.

Sprint doled out its latest financial information this week and the pictures wasn’t exactly rosy. The carrier still saw a big drop in contract subscribers, and is trying to offset that with prepaid customers. GigaOM is asking if Sprint didn’t back the wrong horse in the Pre, as sales numbers have obviously not brought Sprint back into the black.

Palm and Sprint are also getting ready for the launch of the Pixi, the next webOS entrant. The Pixi is a candy-bar handset that is thinner and cheaper than the Pre. Gear Diary has taken a look at the Pre and Pixi, and have published a good comparison of the two phones. It sheds light on exactly how the two phones differ, and makes it easier to determine which will fit a given need better.

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  1. palm and sprints biggest mistake w/the Pre was not coordinating w/Good technologies in getting a Good Mobile Messaging client working for the Pre from the get-go.

    we would love to support palm pre’s at our company but since we use good server to secure mobile devices and good appears not be in any hurry to get a client out the door; most of my users have left sprint for AT&T and the iPhone.

    just my .02

  2. “There’s little doubt that AT&T would like to get hot phones like the Pre on their roster”. Does the Pre really qualify as a hot phone? I don’t know what the numbers are but I have seen exactly one Pre in the wild. My work takes me into lots of offices and I see tons of iPhones and Blackberrys, some G1s and myTouch’s and lots of feature phones but nary a Pre in sight. Sure its a modern current generation phone but as far as being a player in the market, I dont really see anything from Palm.

    1. wow Will, comparing a 4-month old phone on the 3rd place carrier to other phones that that have been out for years or are on multiple carriers? so do you think before you post or just been drinking the Android Koolaid the last few days? Pre could definitely be described as a hot phone in mindshare considering it has gotten more press coverage than any phone in 2009 (even the 3GS).

      learn to think for yourself buddy, it will get you alot further…

  3. First, to James and Kevin, I love that you are doing the “Palm Press.” I’ve got a soft spot for Palm and want to read about them no matter what they are doing, so thanks for keeping me up to date with them.

    But secondly, in response to William’s comment, I must say that I have not seen a Pre in the wild either, but nor have I seen any of the other phones he lists and I feel I’m in a pretty good place to see them– at a university with loads of tech support and young people who tend not to be tied to a particular carrier.

    I don’t think the question is so much whether Sprint backed the wrong horse, but whether Palm saddled up with the wrong rider. (I hope that works. If it doesn’t, you know what I mean). If the Pre had launched with Verizon or AT&T, might Palm have sold more units? It is hard for me to separate out the effect of the handset, itself, from its carrier. And as most folks on this blog note, when choosing a handset, one has to seriously consider both. I would love to buy a Pre, but I will not switch to Sprint. Their coverage is too poor near my home (in a major metropolitan area), so I’m sticking with AT&T and my iPhone for now. If AT&T gets the Pre, I’ll buy one.

  4. Today’s Wall Street Journal article about Sprint’s “decline.” Some interesting comments (including my own), mostly from Sprint supporters.

    http://bit.ly/1tXSdk

    I happen to think that it’s really all about the network and that Sprint is in a very good place in that regard. They were way late getting a product like the Pre to market, and that has really hurt them for the past two years. But two years from now Sprint (and their new best friend Google) could be the cell phone market leader.

  5. 1. No wi-fi with the Pixi? That’s unfortunate.

    2. The Gear Diary article is pretty good, but the example of a lousy one-handed experience, scanning email, is flatly inaccurate. Scanning email is a one-handed operation, even if typing isn’t.

    I have read elsewhere the complaint that it doesn’t have a good Facebook client, which I don’t understand as Facebook has a mobile entry that comes bookmarked, but I’m not a heavy Facebook user. It does integrate Facebook information pretty seamlessly as the Facebook friends are all in my ccontacts automatically (and I don’t have hundreds, so I don’t have the problem of being overwhelmed by them), with photos, and for those willing to tell, birth dates.

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