Flashback: Palm Pre showed us the way to the future then faded to obscurity

19 April 2020
In 2009 Palm introduced the smartphone world to many things that we think of as standard today. 

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  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 19 Jan 2021Still Have mine sitting right here next to my desk. along w... moreDo you know if you can still connect a palm pre to a phone carrier in the US. I still have mine and would love to be able to use it as a regular phone.

  • Anonymous

Still Have mine sitting right here next to my desk. along with the hp pad. this was the closest anybody ever came to "the Iphone Killer" I installed Android on the hp pad when Cyngomod was supporting but never on the pre.

  • i

ive always wanted this phone and the pixi as well, both so beautiful and cool. i remember asking one of my friends that had it, to lend it to me just to touch it hahah could come out today and id buy it

  • Big waste

many pioneers disappeared after making a leading concept similar to nowadays common gadgets like Sony, Palm, HP, iMate and HTC which still kicking after they were leading this concept by real smart designs running on windows mobile OS which unfortunately took it all down

  • Anonymous

Kingslayer, 19 Apr 2020Exactly. The guys who worked on webOS, Matias Duarte, mo... moreSo many commentards on here encounter a handful of uneducated fanboys, then take the widest brush on Earth to paint all Apple users with it.

Anyway, AFAIK iPhone's Safari used swipeable cards for tabs, and Springboard (iOS's launcher) supported swiping between homescreens on day 1.

  • Anonymous

I wanted a WebOS Palm so badly back in the day. They were exclusively on Bell Canada, in the CDMA/1X era. Bell always had(/has) a horrible reputation for customer service, and carriers made switching handsets to another network hellish, so I was never able to. When HP firesold the TouchPad I managed to get one of the last 32GB units; it was a great device. I was sad when it died.

  • Adul Al Salami Kebab

Far ahead of its time, RIP little buddy we will all miss ya! :(

Trollhammeren, 20 Apr 2020We are talking about 2009 ... be happy that you got copy &a... moreYou called video recording revolutionary, not me.

jerem06, 20 Apr 2020WebOS : 2009...Dead in 2020. Oh no.

  • Anonymous

Don't know that I would say it was better than symbian

No. That wasn't Qwerty keyboard, that was Qwertz

  • Anonymous

I had the Palm Pixi. It was the Pre but in a true candybar format. Less moving parts, less that can break. Loved that phone.

I moved on. Gestures on iOS 13 are great. Can't believe it's been over 10 years.

SizN80, 20 Apr 2020iOS has had gestures support since iOS 4.3 in 2011 with iPa... moreWe are talking about 2009 ... be happy that you got copy & paste that year ... oh and a revolutionary features called video recording was also "invented" by crApple that year...

HP where brands go to die ...

  • Anonymous

Doctor Bolus, 19 Apr 2020Don’t get these revisionist pieces. The Pre was way too lat... moreActually webOS, Meego and BB10 were first gesture based mobile OSes long before iOS and Android

  • Vendhar

Like HTC said in recent times, it is right to be wrong and it is wrong to be right. All depends on the timing.

SizN80, 20 Apr 2020iOS has had gestures support since iOS 4.3 in 2011 with iPa... moreWebOS : 2009...

Kingslayer, 19 Apr 2020Exactly. The guys who worked on webOS, Matias Duarte, mo... moreiOS has had gestures support since iOS 4.3 in 2011 with iPads getting multitouch gestures and evolving them from there and also bringing them to iPhone later.

Rather stick to to talking about Android.

  • Nemelo

Headline should say: Palm Pre showed us the way to the future, but WE WERE NOT READY.

I personally like the gesture swipes on Android more because when I swipe up, I can swipe down to bring back the app. On iOS, I can't swipe up and then down like it's a webOS card. I know things like this because I've played around with iPhone X since it added gesture swipes in 2017.

I know how to get rid of the awkward longer swipe up for the Android drawer. I eliminate it completely with Nova Launcher Pro and have a two-finger swipe up for it instead. I generally have my drawer clean though. All apps hidden in the drawer.

I plan to stick to Android Pie forever because 10 eliminated apps that blacklist calls. I updated to 10 once for a week and switched right back when I could. Spam calls kept coming through.

For my money, Android 10 felt smoother but it ruined so many old functionality to my older apps. So I believe 9 (Pie) was the best. Followed by 7 (Nougat) and 6 (Marshmallow). Never cared for 8 (Oreo).