I try to read or in this case watch any interviews VC Roger McNamee gives because, in addition to being an entertaining character (for a finance guy, afterall) he is often insightful.
But better than that, it does stuff for you. So when you wake up in the morning, it has taken your calendar — if you ask it to — and downloaded the maps for you whole day, it’s downloaded the wikipedias for the people you’re going to visit and the companies you’re going to see… Why is it on PCs you have to go and do all that?
And when you’re late — get this — when you’re late it — remember, this things has GPS, it has a clock, and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you’re supposed to be and when; and so when it realizes you’re going to be late, it says “Hey, not only are you going to be late, but I can take care of it for you. I’ll send an email to your assistant or to the people in the meeting, which would you prefer? And oh, by the way, here’s the map.” This is the beginning of a new wave.
Update: More features of the Palm Pre continue to dribble out. Among the more interesting is ability to rapidly take a sequence of photos, rather than waiting for each to process and store. Here is a new video via Softpedia that shows Palm VP Peter Skillman quickly running through features and showing more of what looks like a very clever UI: One-hand operation, scrolling through apps that can run in back-ground (unlike the iPhone), and closing apps by "throwing them off the screen".