You're upset because Palm is focused on making a smartphone and not a notetaking tool? It can't possibly be everything and making it work for every possible want just doesn't make sense. It's currently lacking, even as a smartphone, so why would they drop what they're doing to add support for an external keyboard? While it may be very important to you, I dare say that the number of people that want such a thing is small enough that it cannot be at the top (or even the middle) of the list.
Originally Posted by hdhuntr
Here's the thing: when the original Palm was released, and the Treos, there were no other viable options for mobile notetaking. Now, with netbooks being cheap, light/small, and reliable, there's an option for those that want to take extensive notes, write long documents, etc. while on the go. And with the new interest in tablets, like the iPad, there's going to be some rethinking of how people use mobile devices, to some extent.
I appreciate the want to buy one device and carry only one thing (although a keyboard would be another!). However, if I were a serious notetaker, I'd definitely want something other than the tiny screen of the Pre, even with a full size keyboard. And while you could say "that's just you," I think that the number of people that don't take extensive notes or who would find a Pre+keyboard lacking anyway vastly outnumbers those that would be perfectly happy with the Pre+keyboard.
In the end, if this is something you want, then you definitely should look to the manufacturers of the keyboards you've used/seen for the Treo and other smartphones. If this is such a great idea, that will make anyone a ton of money because demand is so great, at least one of them would be more than happy to help. I've seen products for the iPhone that fit over the phone and press the screen when you press physical buttons. Perhaps someone can build a device that pushes the Pre's buttons when you press the buttons on the larger keyboard.