Wired’s Sorrel: Palm’s Pre is no more an iPhone killer than Microsoft’s Zune was an iPod killer

“Oh Palm. If you’re going to badmouth potential customers in your secret documents, at least keep them, y’know, secret. [“We Can’t Afford to Sell the Pre to the Wrong Customers”] is one of many juicy tidbits inside the Pre Business Launch Guide, a 22-page document ‘leaked in its entirety’ this weekend,” Charlie Sorrel reports for Wired.

“The text appears in big pink lettering on page 11 of the guide, which explains the the Pre is not for everyone. Titled ‘Sell the Palm Pre to the Right Customer,’ the official line is that the Pre is ‘best suited for non-IT Centric business users.’ That sounds to us like the Pre isn’t up to the job of being a proper business smartphone, and it’s for the exact same reason that the iPhone was a hopeless business phone on launch — web apps,” Sorrel reports.

“The Pre can’t run proper applications, instead using the WebOS, essentially a way to run web pages locally using javascript and CSS. Rememeber the iPhone’s web apps? This is the same kind of thing, albeit with local storage for offline use. Palm admits as much,” Sorrel writes.

“This is a somewhat suicidal statement given the company’s precarious position. It hurts me to do this as I’d love to see the Pre succeed, but I predict a big fat fail. The Pre is no more an iPhone killer than the Zune was an iPod killer. There will be a big bang on the opening weekend followed by a slow and quiet spiral into obscurity,” Sorrel writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Spiral into obscurity” – along with Palm, Inc. itself. And it won’t be “slow” or “quiet” (here, at least), either.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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