Pre is not my first palm device, it is my first palm phone second palm device, fourth or fifth PDA like device (wm & maemo)
the pre IS my wifes first palm and first smartphone, she had an iTouch prior, and hasn't touched it since.
2) the multitasking yes, the ClassicOS with the ability to run essential software like Epocrates is another reason.
phone centric reasons are as follows
a) killer homebrew. I actually decided to keep my pre way back in june
When I Was able to put the simply-flipflops app on, the second that happened, i knew that the phone would be modifiable to whatever needs i might have, over time.
b) the multi-tasking via imho, the most fluid and elegent, powerful UI around.
c) the ability to run legacy apps, especially medical software not available on some other platforms (epocrates) via classic
The Biggest reason for me, however, is probably price, sprint, with my 23% discount, has the cheapest smarthphone plans for me and the wife, the difference in price over two years is thousands of dollars compared to verizon where i came from.
3) a little, though it's blunted by above, my jealousy is really only aimed at the ability to play duke nukem, or wolfenstein, thats about it, and, its only something that even crosses my mind when I am sitting in a waiting room somewhere, which isn't often.
4) i think the answer has been given already, so yea what they said
5) yes, its pretty, and functional, I am amazed at how a whole world of interactivity can be squeezed into a space smaller than a credit card.
cheers, and enjoy.
FYI leaving cards open is the way to really use multitasking, just make sure you close the browser, as consensus is that it chews up battery. other things (calendar, tasks, messaging ect) should be fine. also turn on advanced gestures to allow a fluid movement between open apps. I think the pre was designed to keep some apps open, hence the multitasking, and moving between them is faster than anything else I have experienced.