I think you're right. I believe Palm is looking forward and hoping the Pre is a strong device for the next 5-10 years. And so two years from now, we will not be happy with 8GB or even 100GB on our phone. It will get to a point where we cannot possibly put everything on our phone even with a MicroSD card.
Originally Posted by machx
Palm is probably doing everything they can to make the Pre future-proof, not present-proof. Even considering the present, we have cloud-based photo storage (e.g., Flickr, Photobucket, etc.), video hosting (e.g., YouTube, MySpace, etc.), Internet radio (e.g., Pandora, Live360, SiriusXM, etc.), streaming movies (e.g., Netflix, Hulu, etc.), and online PIM solutions (e.g., Google, Live, Yahoo, etc.). We may be carrying around 32GB of photos, music, and video now, but we will probably be putting it all in the cloud in a year or two.
One problem with this is that people are reluctant to change. It took my parents forever to get a DVD player or to shop online. Now they're on eBay with their laptops while they watch HD movies they recorded on their DVR. That could present some inertia for the initial launch of the Pre. That and the time it takes for application providers to present practical implementations of the cloud-based services on WebOS.
Another problem is that streaming everything from the cloud is a battery draining process. I would like to watch movies, listen to music, check my email, and check my calendar all with one device, but I don't want to charge that device 10 times a day.