iPhone competition from Palm?
Palm has staked it's near future on the success of the Palm Pre. With excellent reviews so far and availability of a very inclusive data plan thru Sprint (who BTW is rolling out a 4G network), it looks like they won't be disappointed. Up to 100,000 units sold in the first 3 days of availability. There's a several advantages to the Pre over the iPhone. For gps users like us, the Pre (thru Sprint) offers tethering. The iPhone (thru AT&T) does not. The Pre supports multiple applications all running at once. No need to restart you navigation when you get a phone call or check an email. The iPhone does not. The Pre has a removable battery, so it's possible to do a hotswap for those long city walks. The iPhone does not. Throw in Sprints Everything data plan which is $20 cheaper than the AT&T equivalent ($70 compared to $90) and the Pre looks pretty attractive, with the potentially faster data delivery offered by 4G a future bonus. Now which mobile navigation app supplier must have a huge smile? Telenav, who supplies Sprint Navigation. There's no competition on the Pre nav app (at least for now), so Telenav has a possible captive audience of 1 million Pre owners by year's end. Over on the iPhone side expect upwards of 20 or more navigation applications all competing for a slice. IMO, Telenav comes out looking like the early winner in the smartphone navigation arena.