Palm Pre – is it doomed already

4 06 2009

pre_hero_dialpadPalm are launching their new smartphone on 6th June, but how successful will it be?

Multitouch display, more gestures than the iPhone, a replaceable battery even a full qwerty keyboard, but still i can’t help but feel it’s a little late entering into the market. I am intregued by it and would like to have a play with it, but will not be rushing out to get one to replace my iPhone.

Not to forget they are releasing this new phone 1 week before the Apple WWDC 09, did the marketing team not think about this? What is the media going to be more interested in? a single product from a desperate company or a burst of innovation and new announcements from Apple. Just imagine if it’s Steve Jobs himself that comes on stage with a brand new iPhone, the Pre will be burried so deep in the media feeds nobody will even remember it.

Which brings me to the article i wanted to share with you all, from Business Week

Palm: Likely to Stumble with Pre

And the best quote from the article:

If you can afford to spend $199 on a phone in this economy, would you purchase a phone that’s been in the marketplace for two years, has sold more units than the Motorola Razr, and is supported by tens of thousands of available applications, or would you purchase an unproven phone from a company teetering on the brink of extinction, or at least irrelevance?