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CES: Palm Press Conference

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This is Palm press conference summary. John starts out talking about the "right phone and the right platform." He must be talking about the Palm Pre and it's new OS.

Ed Colligan, the President and CEO of Palm takes the stage. He talks about the "roots of Palm." He mentions that Palm has mobile in their DNA, since that's all they're focused on. It started off with the Palm Pilot that, once, changed the way people managed their life on-the-go. But, for this new phone they had to start from the ground-up. He introduces the Palm WebOS. They, finally, show the Palm Pre and they also list all of the features on their new phone. It has Bluetooth, an 8GB storage, a "fast processor", GPS and Wi-fi. The phone itself has a 3.1 inch touch screen (with multi-touch capability) with a 320 x 480 resolution. On the phone it has a gesture area (more on that later), a center button, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and an ambient light (whatever that is). On the side of the phone is the volume. On to the back, you get a 3 megapixel camera with an LED flash and a speaker. The back of the phone has a removable back case, by consumer demand (Take that iPhone). On the right side you get your MicroUSB. On the top of the phone, you get your regular 3.5mm headphones, a ringer switch and a power button. The phone itself has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and is ergonomically curved. Shortly after explaining this, he exits the stage.

Matias Duarte comes on the stage. He explains the OS of the phone and it's software. The gesture area of the phone seems amazing. Wow, this OS is very advanced but, at the same time, it was still simple, if that makes any sense. WebOS is nothing like you've seen before. The new gesture area is a very, very, very good concept. Oh my God. I want this phone, but not for it's design, which is still good-looking. But, instead i would get it for the Pre's OS, which looks amazing if you see it in action. It has superb productivity. They show the new WebOS's feature, called Synergy. Synergy manages your contact information, calendars and your e-mail. It connects everything. Everyone reading this blog post right now should watch a video about the software to understand why i am drooling over this OS right now. The different windows or tasks on WebOS are called 'cards.' Matias exits the stage, soon after.

John appears back on stage. He shows the Palm Pre's wireless charger, which uses Inductive technology to charge your phone. He reviews the key things about the Palm was it's Synergy, universal search, unobtrusive notifications, cards, and the break-though user experience.

Ed Colligan comes back on stage and says that the Pre is "the one phone you can use through your entire life." He also mentions that Sprint will be the carrier for the Palm Pre. He introduces the CEO of Sprint to the stage.

Dan Hesse is now on stage. He mentions some features of the phone like the gestures and the cards. He says that this is the "right product on the right network" Furthermore, he mentions Gizmodo's article on the 3G networks in the US, regarding: Sprint, At&t and Verizon. Gizmodo said that Sprint had the fastest download speed. Dan mentions that their 3G service in the US is 4 times as large as At&t's and that Sprint is also the most dependable. He says that you can go to sprint.com for more information on pre-registering for the Palm Pre. Before he leaves the stage he congratulates Palm. They mention that the Pre will be available in the first half of 2009. They show a lot of their partners, which include many big names, like: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, Amazon and Pandora, to name a few.

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook gets on stage. She talks about Facebook's success and shows a couple of graphs and a timeline of their history. She welcomes the Palm Pre.

Ed comes back on stage and he recaps 3 things from the presentation. The new WebOS, of course, the Palm Pre, which is, "the phone that thinks ahead" and their partners.

John comes back and thanks the audience for being there. It was a fairly long press conference, seeing how it was 67 minutes and they only talked about the Palm Pre. But, it was extremely great news from Palm. It will be good to see how they do, in the near future.

Palm Press Conference video: http://www.g4tv.com/ces2009/press_conf_detail.aspx?video_key=35970
Palm Pre picture: http://www.pcworld.com/article/156710/new_3g_palm_pre_enters_smart_phone_war.html
Palm Pre picture (2): http://www.popsci.com/node/30803


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