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Palm Pre Stocks Being Cleared Out As Price Drops

Is it the beginning of the end for the Pre? Well, we've noticed that at least one online retailer is offering the Palm smartphone which one stood as the most potent iPhone rival, for as little as £249.99 unlocked and including delivery (opens in new tab).

This is positively a bargain compared to the £500 or so that the same SIM-free model cost back in September 2009.

Palm has since been purchased by computer giant HP and although the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus have since been released in the UK, it is very unlikely that there will be a follow-up to the devices.

Yet, the Palm Pre still packs some interesting features for the price. Its curved pebble like design will appeal to most of us and is in stark contrast with the ruggedness of the new iPhone 4.

It comes with a ARM-based Cortex processor, a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus 8GB onboard storage. Add in WebOS and support for a wide range of formats and you have what was 18 months ago a superb handset.

Last but not least, there's the Touchstone, a peripheral which allows the Palm Pre to be charged wirelessly through induction, something that no other manufacturers have introduced yet.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.