Don’t laugh. Just because HP completely botched the Palm acquisition doesn’t change the fact that the Pre was a game-changing device. The Pre’s gesture-based user interface took smartphone design to the next level, making it easy to close applications or dismiss alerts with a swipe. The Synergy feature was also ahead of its time, linking contacts for you, as was webOS’ notification system. While the keyboard was a bit cramped and the battery life was short, overall, the Pre was a winner. Limited carrier availability and a botched marketing campaign sunk what could have been a much stronger iPhone challenger.