It’s been four years to the day that Palm’s would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of “20090606,” with a Palm Pre unboxing.

Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called “well-loved” in terms of its physical condition, he still manages a signature screen protector peel-off – while spouting a bevy of mawkish memories only a fanboy could love. Is it a little over the top? Yes. Is webOS worth it? Also yes.

If you don’t remember the high points of the little-platform-that-couldn’t, take a gander at our editorial on what people loved about webOS, and for a quick rundown of the timeline, check out our piece on Palm’s WTF history. Then, once you’ve achieved the right mix of confusion, sadness, and the impotent frustration only a true missed opportunity can bring, dive in for our trip down memory lane – because we’re about to share our experience on #20090606, the Palm Pre launch day, over a one-of-a-kind Pocketnow Throwback unboxing.

After you watch, jump on down to the comments to share your own webOS remembrances. And the next time you swipe away a notification on your Android device, start a universal search on your iPhone, or multitask with cards on your Windows Phone, pour a little out for the platform that all those ideas came from.

You May Also Like

Google testing double tap gesture on rear panel of Pixel phones in Android 11

Just tap twice on the back of your Pixel phone to wake up the Google Assistant, launch camera, snooze alarm, silence calls, and do a lot more.

Microsoft’s Defender antivirus software is coming to Android and iOS

Microsoft will preview its Defender security solution for Android and iOS operating systems at the RSA Conference later this month.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ gets a cool new ‘Jennie Red’ colour option

The ‘Jennie Red’ edition of Samsung Galaxy S20+ might soon be available internationally as well under the ‘Aura Red’ moniker.