Roger McNamee, an investor with a stake of 39% in Palm ("I'm there about three times a week, mostly with the engineers"), had some interesting things to say about the Pre vs. the iPhone. "You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone," McNamee said in an interview in San Francisco, "Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later."
He also hinted that a lot of people bought the iPhone merely because it was the coolest product around. "Think about it - If you bought the first iPhone, you bought it because you wanted the coolest product on the market," McNamee said, "Your two-year contract has just expired. Look around. Tell me what they're going to buy."
Palm could really use a break. The company is in a dire financial situation, and with the economy getting worse, the company has bet a lot on the success of the Pre and its webOS. While the Pre has been received quite positively by the media, it faces the same problems any new platform faces: lack of developers, lack of applications, and will most likely have some bugs as well. The Pre won't save the company in three days - it needs a commitment.
"I'm on a 10-year plan, here," McNamee said, "[Apple, RIM] are going to run out of gas way before we are." At least Bono believes in them.