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5 Awesome Gadgets That Never Made It


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The Palm Pre
The Palm Pixi was the successor to the Pre but neither phone managed to keep Palm afloat.
The Palm Pixi was the successor to the Pre but neither phone managed to keep Palm afloat.
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Back in 2009, the buzz on the CES showroom floor was about a new smartphone poised to take on the Goliath known as Apple's iPhone. It was the Palm Pre, a device from a pioneer in the personal digital assistant (PDA) market. It had a sleek design and a snappy operating system called WebOS. It looked like a winner.

A quick search for videos from 2009 will show how impressed journalists were at this new smartphone. Everyone wanted a chance to play with the device -- Palm was very careful to keep interactions to a bare minimum because it wasn't quite ready for the market. And that's where we get into a problem.

The Palm Pre didn't actually make it to stores until June of 2009. That's six months between causing a stir at CES and becoming available. By then, the buzz had died down to a murmur. Palm struggled to drum up a new round of excitement, but ultimately the smartphone fizzled. Palm itself wasn't in the best position financially -- HP would buy the company in 2010 and dissolve most of Palm by 2011.


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