While the rest of the geek world waits for the June 6 launch of Palm’s Pre, BGR finagled a unit early. They’re working on a full review, of course, but they’re already offering their first impressions. What they’ve seen so far is what I’ve seen in person: The screen is solid, the device is responsive, and the keyboard is mite tight. I already knew the keyboard would take some getting used to, because I asked to touch the keyboard at CTIA Wireless. My wish was granted after we saw a demo of third-party apps and, as I said back then: Those keys are small. I liken them to the Centro keyboard, although there appeared to be a little more spacing between the rows on the Pre. They also have a slightly different feel, which helps, but even with my small hands, I know I’ll have some adjustment time to deal with.
In any case, folks looking for an Achilles’ heel should probably focus their comfort level on the keyboard. After all, you’ll be pounding out IMs, emails, and entering URLs all the live-long day, right? There’s no stopping Palm from adding an on-screen, soft keyboard in the future, but for launch day, you’ll be using those junior chiclets.