My takeaway? The Pre is a very impressive device and I’m getting one!
It combines some of the best features from the iPhone/OSX – like a visually polished and intuitive UI with multitouch, and from the G1/Android – like the notifications tray and multitasking with background apps, as well as a great Web browser and solid messaging/calendaring features.
The Pre adds the extremely clever concept of cards to manage multitasking, gestures (à la Neonode), contact aggregation (from Google, Facebook, etc…), unified messaging, and wireless charging. This is all demonstrated in the video, along with some 3rd party applications like Pandora and Fandango.
The only major unknowns left are the media player and the camera. It’s going to be difficult to beat the iPhone on the media player front, but I’m hoping the Pre camera matches the G1 camera, at least.