Apple will get a powerful competitor in this category from Palm, a company that pioneered the hand-held computer in the 1990s.
The Pre has all-new operating system called webOS. Like the iPhone, Google's new Android phone operating system, and the modern BlackBerry models from Research in Motion, the Pre is meant to do much more than make phone calls, send and receive messages, and browse the Web. It's a platform, like a PC, that's designed to run a wide variety of sophisticated third-party programs, or apps, from social-networking gateways to games to business tools.
The Pre is launching on the Sprint network in the U.S., though it will be offered by other carriers later. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity. Like the iPhone, it costs $200 but there's a catch. At most stores, you get that price only after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The new smarphone Palm Pre compared to Apple"s Iphone: