I am a long time follower of Palm. My first handheld was a Palm IIIe. I quickly moved on to Windows Mobile as I wanted power, and PalmOS could certainly not deliver, nor could their lackluster hardware.
The company, which onces ruled the handheld/smartphone roost, has seen a significant reversal of fortunes these last few years, but all the time in the background management has been holding out the promise of a savior in the form of a new OS, but most faithfull have long lost hope.
Today Palm delivered, and then some! Their new webOS and Palm Pre handheld form an amazingly coherent package which packs in so much innovation its in danger of exploding.
The Palm Pre packs now-standard must have features such as a multi-touch capacitive screen, GPS, 8GB storage and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has amazing new features such as contact-less phone charging and a gesture area which extends well beyond the screen (like the HTC Touch Diamond, but actually used for something interesting).
The webOS is smooth, polished, and features innovative metaphors. It also features deep integration with web properties like Google and facebook, with web search built right into the OS.
Read more about Palm’s return to innovation at Edgadget’s Live blog from their CES presentation here.
Personally I just wish to congratulate the company on their spectacular rise from the walking dead. Long may they prosper.