Will a Palm "Mini-Pre" be out in 2009 too?

Will a Palm "Mini-Pre" be out in 2009 too?

Summary: I finally had the chance to see and touch the Palm Pre at CTIA and think it is an exciting device that may keep Palm going for a bit longer. I am not the biggest fan of the keyboard and think that the rumored "Mini Pre" mentioned by Michael Arrington last night may even be a more compelling product. The iPhone is extremely popular and it does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard so there is no reason a more compact Palm Pre without a keyboard cannot do just as well.

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I finally had the chance to see and touch the Palm Pre at CTIA and think it is an exciting device that may keep Palm going for a bit longer. I am not the biggest fan of the keyboard and think that the rumored "Mini Pre" mentioned by Michael Arrington last night may even be a more compelling product. The iPhone is extremely popular and it does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard so there is no reason a more compact Palm Pre without a keyboard cannot do just as well.

There are no solid details on the next Palm Pre device, except that it will run the new WebOS and be smaller than the upcoming Palm Pre. Rumors indicate it could be out before the end of 2009.

I think offering a couple of slightly different form factor options may appeal to a wider audience and help Palm as they try to stay afloat in the mobile space. If the on-screen keyboard is decent, then going with a more compact and more pocketable device may make even more sense than the current Palm Pre.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • I am sure the pre will be small enough...

    How about instead of making it smaller... they add microSD and desktop sync? You know, so that it catches up with the Palm Treo Pro!
    notlehs
  • How can we...

    compare something to something else, when neither are out yet?

    The rest of us haven't even touched a Pre yet; we have no idea if the keyboard adds too much heft. I just want to hold one...SOON!!!!!!
    TimmyB
    • Agreed...

      This is out-of-control speculation. Don't you
      people have any "real" sh*t to write about?
      kfestus@...
  • what about?

    What about a Pre set up like an iPod touch? That is, without the phone. I want just a pda because i don't want the 2 year contract. My beloved i705 died and the z31 I now use has a short battery life compared to the i705. I may consider one if they offer it on a prepaid program. That way, no surprises at the end of the month for excess online usage. With prepay, you know when you are over limit. The gadget stops working.

    Paul
    pfyearwood
  • vaporware

    This stuff is pie-in-the-sky for Palm. Game over. Just take 2 seconds to think about it. The Pre lacks a must-have cool factor. It doesn't do anything unique.

    So honestly, what is there to get excited over? And for investors, does anyone really think a Pre will save the company? Nothing/No.
    croberts
    • Really?

      Apparently you haven't noticed the buzz around the Pre. It actually does a number of things that are, if not really unique, significant improvements upon what's out there, while also offering a user experience that looks to be actually beyond that of the iPhone. As an iPhone user, and an admitted novelty hunter, the Pre definitely has my attention. It all depends on the price, release date, what it's actually like to use it, and of course, what Apple comes out with this summer. Whether the Pre will save Palm, no one knows, but as a device it's definitely something many are excited about.
      paferg
  • "must-have cool factor..." No!

    Business don't care about cool -- they care about efficiency. If a Palm device can bring efficiency to a business [it has all its life] it will find sales. The iPhone has garnered a lot of media attention but the "Gee whiz" is now gone. Pragmatism, cost-benefit, and reliability win in the long run, especially with businesses.
    sworden@...