Palm Inc. investor Roger McNamee is predicting that iPhone customers will be [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&refer=conews&tkr=AAP… switching en masse] to the Palm Pre once it goes on sale. Here's why I know already that I won't be making the switch:
- I generally don't like buying new products until after they've had their shakeout tour.
- Aside from the slideout keyboard, most of the features on the Pre look like iPhones knockoffs.
- The iPhone includes the App store, which gives me thousands of choices for free or cheap add-on functionality tailored to my particular interests: flip card application for studying Spanish and Japanese; my to-do app, which I've now got synchronized to Basecamp on the web and OmniFocus on my laptop; exercise and diet planning; my local movie listings, shopping list, Kindle, Facebook, Twitter. When will the Pre be able to match all that?
- The Pre is tied to Sprint, and I loathe Sprint. Years ago, they made me go through literally weeks of phone support calls to get them to fix an error in their database that made it impossible for Sprint customers to call my number. I wasn't even a Sprint customer at the time, but that didn't stop them from finding a way to make me hate them. I haven't forgotten or forgiven.
- Because I shy away from buying newly-launched products, I didn't get my iPhone when they it came on the market. I waited a year and got an iPhone 3G, which means that my contract won't expire for another year. I couldn't switch to a Pre this year, even if I wanted to.
- I don't want to.