Earlier this year in March – just five short months ago – I was about as excited as I’ve ever been for a new gadget. After writing Palm off as a ‘has been’ for years, I found my attitude changing after watching the keynote for the Palm Pre in January at CES. And like any lusting affair, the more I read about it the more I wanted it. Gadgets are an obsession for me to begin with. However, my obsession with the Pre was starting to become unhealthy. I recall thinking to myself before the final pricing was set, “I’m sure Palm will price this competitively, but I’ll go as high as, say…five…no, six hundred. But that’s my final offer!”
But unlike many other situations of longing desire, I knew why I wanted the Pre. And even after having left it for another phone, I still know. The Pre promised something that my iPhone never gave and as far as I knew, never planned on giving. At the top of the list was a physical keyboard – something that the writer in me had been missing ever since I stood on the iPhone launch line. But it was more than the keyboard. It was the promise of an untethered experience where I didn’t sync to a desktop but wirelessly with the cloud. One where I didn’t have to worry about going home to plug in and sync my music and where I’d have a replica of my home digital life in my mobile device.
I didn’t sleep at all on the night before it launched. I was too afraid of ‘falling asleep and missing the launch line’. And so, like a love struck fool, I stood on line for four hours at the Sprint Store in Valley Stream and traded text messages with my sister (who had the Pre bug too). And when I first held the phone in my hands, I can’t deny how happy I was… the phone felt so incredible. Some areas were lacking, but I knew it would take some time before I got accustomed to it.
The scene now is not very different from many other breakups. There seem to be regrets on both sides of the table. Here I sit in one room while the Pre sits in another (probably making calls to it’s girlfriends remarking at how much of a liar I was and how full of it I am.)
What’s worse, my new girl…uh…phone… well, it’s a lot like my old phone. The iPhone 3GS sits at my side. Yes, that iPhone 3GS. The one I laughed at Apple for releasing with few additional features than the previous version. The one that was playing it safe. Well, in the end, it turns out that ‘safe’ is probably what I need at this point.
But the question that I’ve been getting from everyone who knew how in love I appeared with the Pre remains the same… where did love go wrong?!
Well, let me explain…