The Palm Pre smartphone and the company's much-anticipated new operating system - called webOS - are among the most buzzed-about products around.
The new webOS is one of the silkiest and best-designed smartphone platforms we've seen in a while. Clearly, this phone operating system will give iPhone and Google Android some competition when it comes to phone usability and overall appeal.
The Palm Pre's capacitive touchscreen requires just a handful of primary gestures, including scroll, page, and a half-swipe to go back. It supports the increasingly familiar gestures of slides and glides, and pinch and zoom accomplish the sorts of tasks we've come to expect in touch-based phones. You can navigate within apps and among them by using the touch-sensitive gesture area below the 3.1in capactive touchscreen.
This gesture area replaces Palm's previous dedicated navigation buttons and controls. The Palm Pre has only button on its face, a rounded Center button that acts as a home button. Happily, the top of the unit retains Palm's slider switch for turning off the phone's volume and it has a shortcut to jump to airplane mode (something travelers will appreciate).
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