The Palm Pre 2, announced today, looks very similar to the original Pre and the Pre Plus. It still looks like a little black stone and has a slide-out keyboard tucked underneath its screen. The big change is inside: webOS 2.0.
The single greatest feature on the Pre phones is multitasking. After HP bought Palm last April, the world wondered what would happen to the wonderful webOS platform. Well, we know it's not dead. webOS 2.0 will bring a slew of new features such as "Stacks" that open groups of apps, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, playback of HTML5 video in the browser and more syncing options to services such as QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite.
If you care to get technical, the Pre 2 matches just about every other major smartphone on the market with a 1GHz processor, 16GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Pre 2 isn't breaking new hardware ground — HP is relying on the software to sway you over from an iPhone or Android phone.
The Palm Pre 2 will land on Verizon Wireless when its released in the next few months.