The Palm Pre is rolling out across W. Europe this week. It debuted in Germany today, will be released in Spain tomorrow, and will hit store shelves in the U.K. and Ireland in a few days.
The official launch schedul is Germany on Oct 13, Spain on Oct. 14, and the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 16.
A New Version
Both versions of the Pre that were released in N. America this summer use the CDMA wireless networking standard, with EV-DO mobile broadband.
The version being offered by O2 is the first GSM one, and has the 3G standard HSDPA.
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
The Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device is also equipped with 8 GB of on-board storage (7 GB available to users), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone is Sprint, who has added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. It’s also available from Bell Canada, who also uses the CDMA standard, so its version has EV-DO as well.