: Like many second children, it doesn't get as much attention. But, like a lot of younger siblings, it has soaked up so much from big brother, learning from its accomplishments and mistakes, that in some ways it surpasses the first born.
It's not too much of a stretch to say they are related in a way, with the Pre and its new WebOS operating system designed in part by Palm Executive Chairman Jon Rubinstein, who was Apple's former senior vice president of hardware engineering and iPod division head.
Palm has a lot riding on this, and the Pre (on sale today for $200 after a rebate) is an unqualified success that not only justifies its late arrival but brings competition to the iPhone like no one else.
This doesn't mean it will succeed in the marketplace; but this breathes life into Palm, which needs to expand its distribution while hoping you-know-who doesn't kill it with the next iPhone, rumored to be announced next week.
Let's take a look at the hardware: The Pre is shorter and slightly more squat than the iPhone with a 3.1-inch screen and a slide-out keyboard. The black plastic body lacks some of the polish of the iPhone or BlackBerry Storm, but its shape slips into your palm(sorry) with ease. The keyboard is tight but serviceable, though not as roomy as BlackBerry's.