The Palm Prē is the once-mighty PDA company’s answer to the iPhone.
The Prē has a touch-screen, a slide-down QWERTY keyboard, a 3-megapixel camera and lots of other expected features. But really what intrigued me most was the way it works.
Like the Google phone, which syncs automatically with your Google e-mail and other accounts, the new Palm webOS goes much further. It pulls your Web life down to the device, including Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo and other sites that may store your friends and contacts. On the new Prē, you won’t have to constantly sync or update the phone — its always-on Internet access does that for you.
Other notable features:
And in keeping with one of CES’ themes of alternative energy, Palm plans to add a wireless charging dock. Called the Touchstone (picture on right from Palm), the charger uses magnetic induction to wirelessly charge the Prē. Just place the Prē on the “stone” and it starts charging. Really cool to see an actual application of this technology, as mentioned earlier with the PowerMat.
Lots of photos from the press conference (click each to enlarge):