David Pogue’s Pre review leaked early and it seems he’s a fan. He writes:
The Pre, which goes on sale first in the United States on Saturday and sometime in the second half of 2009 in Europe, is an elegant, joyous, multitouch smartphone that seems intended to be ‘‘iPhone, remixed.’’ That’s no surprise, really; its primary mastermind was Jon Rubenstein, who joined Palm after working with Steve Jobs of Apple, on and off, for 18 years. Once at Palm, he hired 250 engineers from Apple and elsewhere, and challenged them to out iPhone the iPhone.
OK. I’m glad he liked it. He didn’t hate the keyboard, he enjoyed the interface, and he’s happy. I’m glad. I’ve been a douche these past few days because I want the product to succeed and I’m overly cynical. Come on, Palm. Come on.