Seven years ago, the Palm Pre was primed to take on the Apple iPhone

With CES 2016 officially kicking off on Wednesday, it calls to mind CES 2009. At the time, AT&T had the U.S. exclusive on the Apple iPhone and Verizon was in the process of failing miserably with the BlackBerry Storm. Years later, it would be revealed that every unit had been sent back to Verizon. Clumsy, awkward and full of bugs, it was quickly apparent that the phone was not the next iPhone challenger.

T-Mobile had a U.S. exclusive during the fourth quarter of 2008 with the HTC built T-Mobile G1. While the first Android handset showed some promise, there was nothing about it that would …
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