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Objects Of Desire #1 - Palm Pre smartphone

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MY name is Steven and I'm a gadgetaholic.

There, I've confessed, and I'm feeling better already. And the current object of my unfathomable desire? The Palm Pre smartphone, unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who'da thunk it, eh? Palm, one-time kings of the PDA world coming out with what looks like being the first really serious contender to Apple's all-conquering iPhone.

I'm guessing that anyone who invested in a T-Mobile G1, the first mobile phone to use Google's Android platform, might just be working out how to kick their own backsides 'round about now... the curse of the early adopter, eh!

Look at the subtle, curved sliding design of the Pre - it's truly a thing of beauty.

And it's certainly no slouch in the hardware department, either. Here's a quick run-down:

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Palm Pre

My name is Don and I'm a gadgetaholic.

Apple got one thing right with the iPhone. They separated the telephone from the computing platform and simultaneously released the iPod Touch. I use a pay-as-you-go carrier for my cellular service and my phone charges are usually less than $25 a month. I will not buy any smartphone that is tied to an expensive carrier.

The other downside to these devices is the QWERTY keyboard. This keyboard was designed over a century ago for mechanical typewriters and two hand usage. A better idea would be an ergonomically designed touch screen input. The iPhone/Touch uses a QWERTY touchscreen which is not ideal but it works.

Nokia 770's and subsequent models made some good progress with stylus input and handwriting recognition. And if you wanted a telephone you could install Skype.

My next gadget will not be a Palm Pre. But what about this device soon to come from Freescale? That might not be my next gadget either but darn it's getting close!

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