It is officially official: The Palm Pre is launching on June 6th at $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract. The Sprint exclusive Pre will be available across the United Stats (yes, US-only for now) in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and certain Wal-Mart locations. As far as plans are concerned, you can get the Palm Pre with Sprint’s Everything Data plan, or the Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. Of course, the Touchstone charging accessory will also be available for $69.99, which includes the $49.99 Touchstone dock and the $19.99 back cover for the Pre that’s required.
So there you have it, you’ll be able to get your Pre on in 20 days.
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A couple of days ago, the folks at Sprint invited us to take part in a Palm Pre webcast demo, along with an opportunity for Q&A. They just made the video demo available, and we think this is the best real-world demo yet that actually shows the capabilities of the Pre and Palm’s webOS. Even in the midst of the iPhone 3.0 excitement, you’ve gotta agree that Palm is making waves in the smartphone UI area. Check out the video above for 11 minutes of Palm Pre goodness, and let us know your thoughts.
Yesterday, Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 3.0 OS. We are stilling digging deep into the update, and will be bringing you our thoughts in just a bit, but we felt that it might behoove us to let you know that you can now download the iPhone 3.0 keynote presentation directly from iTunes now,
in it’s entirety
(minus the Q&A session.) Go ahead and get a first-hand look at cut, copy, and paste, MMS, global Spotlight search, and all the demos. If you aren’t a developer, then you can look forward to downloading the update in June, which will probably be alongside this years iPhone release.
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Our boy Josh from over at Engadget hit up Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and he brought the Palm Pre with him to show to the nation. In case you happened to miss the show, we’ve embedded the clip above so you can check it out. Will the Pre make you switch over from the iPhone?
It would appear that BlackBerry App World will soon be arriving. Although it is not open yet, you can register now to know when it will be available. Purchasing must be made through PayPal, so you had best sign up for that, too. The requirements are that your smartphone must have an operating system of 4.2 or higher and have a trackball or SurePress touchscreen. RIM is also calling for applications so if you come up with one, let them know.
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Palm and Sprint have announced that the Treo Pro will be available on March 15. You can get one at any Sprint outlet or online for $199.99 and a two year subscription after a $100.00 mail-in and $100.00 instant rebate. You also have to get their Everything Plan or a $30.00 per month or higher add-on. If you believe you can handle that kind of monetary commitment, your wait for the smartphone is only a couple of weeks away.
Be sure to check out our Palm Treo Pro unboxing gallery.
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We were able to spend some quality time with the latest dual slider Windows Mobile smartphone from AT&T, that being the Pantech Matrix Pro. If you are unfamiliar with dual slider phones, what this means is that if you slide the phone vertically, you get a number pad—but if you turn it horizontally and slide up, you get a QWERTY keyboard. Very slick. The Pantech Matrix Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1, and is Video Share capable, which means you can beam video to and from the phone to other handsets, a feature that we think is the hotness, along with turn-by-turn navigation via aGPS. We will be doing more with the Matrix Pro, but for now, we’ve put together a nice Pantech Matrix Pro unboxing gallery, featuring 31 images of the new smartphone.
You can pick up the Pantech Matrix Pro now for $179.99 with two-year contract. We’ve got all the specs for you, after the break.
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Gallery: Pantech Matrix Pro unboxing gallery
An analyst has confirmed that Apple has made it to number 2 where smartphone vendors are concerned. The iPhone has become a holder of 17.3 percent of the market share with RIM trailing at 15.2 percent. Apple also came in with the highest marks in customer satisfaction, operation, physical design, operating system, battery aspects, and features. RIM could bounce back to the 2nd place mark with the Bold and Storm, but with the growing sales of iPhone and the “coolness” of the Apple brand, it will certainly be a challenge for RIM. The results are due to the 6.9 million iPhones shipped during the summer months with no signs of slowdown even though the economy has moved in the other direction.
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Sharp has come up with a teeny, tiny 5MP camera with auto-focus which they say is the planet’s smallest. Set to come out en masse in July, we suspect that the CMOS cam module RJ63SC100 will become available on some of their holiday handhelds and other mobile products. Maybe they will lend out the design for spy-stuff which also continues to get smaller and smaller. Then again, perhaps it will inspire other companies to beat the diminutive size so that they can have the smallest.
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It would appear that the PC’s popularity is lessening in Japan, as overall shipment has declined for the last five quarters. Taking its place are flat panel TVs and cell phones, according to analyst Masahiro Katayama. He added that kids there spend more time using their phones, advanced game consoles, and smart phones to access the Internet than computers. PC makers have taken to marketing low end products in countries for have those who will become first time users. While we suspect that this trend will continue, there is no way that we could ever completely give up our comfortable QWERTY keyboard and widescreen monitors for tiny finger pads and minuscule displays.
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