Last year at Mobile World Congress we were allowed to walk into the Palm stand and handle all its new handsets without any problems. There wasn't much of interest, but still, there weren't any restrictions. This year, Palm only allowed journalists to touch its latest mobile, the Palm Pre -- we couldn't even hold it. Odd? Yes, but there's a good reason: someone probably would steal it if they could.
The Palm Pre is a beautiful phone and that's incredible, because Palm doesn't make handsets with the hotness. Or at least it didn't. But seeing the Palm Pre in the flesh has made us realise how special it is -- it's small, curved and has a glossy piano finish that will attract as many ooos and aahs as it does fingerprints.
The Pre isn't merely a looker: the interface is also very attractive and intuitive. Palm's WebOS is everything we hoped for and more. It's very responsive and offers information in a charmingly straightforward way. Aside from Android, it's the only other iPhone OS competitor we rate at the moment.
That's enough of our waffle -- have a look at our hands-on pics to get a better idea of why this is such an amazing phone. A hands-on video will follow shortly.