A lot of us have a soft spot for Palm. The company was an early phenom with its handheld computers. Not only were they useful, but the software was easy to use.
While Palm was also a pioneer with the Treo smartphones, it has mostly floundered since. The Centro, a shrunken version of the Treo, has sold well. But its low price of $100 didn't bring enough profits for Palm to thrive.
In an interview last weekend with WTOP, I described how much of Palm's future rides on the Pre smartphone. The handset looked impressive at CES, but Palm wasn't letting anyone but employees handle the Pre for any length of time.