It's official: The Palm Pre will hit stores on June 6th. The would-be iPhone-killing phone will be sold at Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
While not exactly a surprise, it's great to have an official date to circle on my calendar. I'd choose the full keyboard the Pre sports over Apple's touchscreen input, and some of the Pre's features are remarkable, but I don't know if I'm actually going to get one of these phones. I mostly don't care what kind of cell phone I talk on; I don't even bother to have any data plan beyond text messaging; and I never feel like I'm missing out on anything. But I imagine someone will show me something the Pre can do that's impossibly cool and I'll change my mind. We've covered this phone extensively since it was announced at CES, and I urge you to enjoy our past discussions of the phone and its features.
Dan Hesse, president and CEO of Sprint, celebrated the announcement by saying the following in a press release: “The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over. With Pre, compromises of the past are history.”
Wow, Dan, I was totally unaware of this argument, but I'm glad your phone has solved this dilemma. Kind of. If you're into gaming, the iPhone is clearly the phone of choice...at least for now. As the Pre develops, we'll see how its gaming potential pans out.