• Infographic: New iPhone vs. Palm Pre vs. Android G1

    How do the new smartphones stack up in terms of features, sticker price and total cost?

    BillShrink, a website that offers free personalized analysis of cellphone, credit card and gas costs, has lined the phones up in an easy-to-read chart (click image to enlarge). It compares ...

    Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G S, which goes on sale next Friday
    Palm (PALM) Pre, which went on sale last Saturday
    HTC's G1, the first cellphone running MORE

    - Jun 11, 2009 8:49 AM ET
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  • Analyst: Palm sold about 50,000 Pres

    How did Palm's (PALM) Pre do in its first weekend of sales?

    In a report to clients issued Monday morning, RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky offers some numbers.

    Based on his "channel checks" -- presumably a survey of Sprint (S) and Best Buy (BBY) retail stores -- Abramsky estimates that Palm sold somewhere between 45,000 and 55,000 Pres last weekend ,and put another 10,000 to 15,000 would-be customers on waiting lists.

    Apple (AAPL) and MORE

    - Jun 8, 2009 11:27 AM ET
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  • The Pre's soggy debut - Updated

    There were eleven customers huddled under umbrellas in a steady rain when the doors to Sprint's (S) flagship store in Manhattan's Greenwich Village opened at 6 p.m. ET Friday night -- the worldwide retail debut of this week's hottest smartphone.

    First in line was Alfredo Rodriguez, 37, a hospital building services employee from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He had been a Sprint customer for a year and a half MORE

    - Jun 5, 2009 7:00 PM ET
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  • The Palm Pre takes Manhattan

    Palm (PALM) brought the Pre to Hollywood Wednesday to bask in the glow of the glitterati. On Friday morning it got down to business and brought its hot new phone to midtown Manhattan.

    At an invitation-only event,  roughly 100 men in business suits -- and a handful of women -- gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel to nibble on fresh fruit and croissants and weigh in their own hands the newest entry MORE

    - Jun 5, 2009 9:57 AM ET
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  • Palm Pre: The reviews are in

    The first wave of reviews for Palm's (PALM) Pre came in overnight Thursday from the usual suspects -- and they're generally positive, with caveats.

    The early reviews cover the basics and make the expected comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry.

    The most in-depth piece we've read is Joshua Topolsky's at Engadget. For sheer length, Dieter Bohn's 20-part epic at takes the prize.

    A sampler:

    Walt Mossberg, Wall Street MORE

    - Jun 4, 2009 7:56 AM ET
  • Scooplet: the Palm Pre syncs with iTunes

    It came up briefly at CES in January when a Palm (PALM) representative let the cat out of the bag (see here). Nobody followed up.

    But with more and more Palm Pres appearing in the wild -- in the hands of Palm employees, Elevation partners, one of my high-school buddies, even the Boy Genius -- we can now confirm this little secret:

    Plug a Pre into a Mac and it syncs, seamlessly, MORE

    - May 28, 2009 7:14 AM ET
  • Palm Pre launch plans leaked

    It's labeled "Sprint confidential information for internal use only," and accompanied by a warning that any "improper sharing" is considered a leak, will be investigated, and could result in "termination."

    But that didn't prevent a copy of Sprint's business/executive launch guide for the Palm Pre from falling into the hands of the sleuths at Engadget, who published the 21-page document in its entirety on Sunday.

    It's chock full of juicy details -- MORE

    - May 25, 2009 9:27 AM ET
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  • Palm Pre set to upstage Apple iPhone on June 6

    After months of bluster, poaching and shots across the bow, this year's battle of the smartphones is set to begin.

    Sprint (S) on Tuesday announced that it will begin selling Palm's (PALM) long-awaited Pre on June 6 -- two days before Apple's (AAPL) big annual developers conference and precisely at the iPhone's price point: $199, after rebate, for a two year contract.

    The Pre -- Palm's answer to the iPhone -- is MORE

    - May 19, 2009 10:19 AM ET
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  • Apple briefs: HD flicks, Cramer picks, Palm misses

    Tuesday's iPhone 3.0 special event drew the biggest headlines, but that wasn't the only Apple (AAPL) news that broke this week. The highlights:

    HD movies on iTunes: On Thursday, the company announced that its collection of high definition movies, hitherto available only through the Apple TV set-top box, can now be purchased or rented on the iTunes Store for viewing on a Mac, PC or widescreen TV. Is this a sign MORE

    - Mar 20, 2009 10:41 AM ET
  • What to expect from iPhone 3.0

    UPDATE: To see what will and won't be in the new iPhone OS when it's released this summer, you can read our summary here or follow our link to the Quicktime video here.

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    The first thing to remember about Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 3.0 special event, announced last Thursday and scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m PT), is that it has been billed as "an advance MORE

    - Mar 17, 2009 7:12 AM ET
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