Understanding Pre’s appeal

Justin Blanton has a nice write-up of Palm Pre. I’ve been having a hard time understanding the excitement the Pre’s generated. Justin cleared up a lot.

Also, John Gruber’s point that only QWERTY-phone owners (I’m a happy one) will find touchscreen keyboards difficult, resonates with me.

Still, I can’t help wonder if maybe part of the appeal is that the US has a big history of PDAs.