I think part of the issue is that if you want to use a local PIM the only option for cloud syncing is one that costs money. Tough to swallow when you've synced for free since the inception of palm. And the invention of card slots made it easy to have everything backed up when you weren't at your computer
I definitely like the peace of mind aspect of always updating, but it just seems forced and not as synergistic as they'd like you to believe. Palm was a turnkey solution in the past, now we have to look to third parties, online companies and such to do it all. And just a couple hours ago I was sitting in a doc's office twiddling my thumbs waiting to talk to him. Had no signal so I couldn't use my phone or my netbook to check email, update things or even play sudoku. I was able to hop on PD and input some of the business cards I had, but due to BT syncing not working I have to wait to get home to sync with the cable. BT does tend to be a bit unreliable for some reason. I would've had to update on my phone though if it were the Pre.
I was looking at yahoo's PIM, and it seemed pretty inline with Palm's.
-Separate fields for First, Middle and Last Name
-Primary and two alternate emails alone with messenger names.
-Separate work and home addresses
-Six phone number entries. Home, Work, Mobile, Fax, Pager & Other.
-Notes section along with 4 custom fields.
But even that isn't as simple as Palm Desktop because changing things and clicking on things opens a webpage which takes time which is annoying. I'd imagine that's the same with any cloud based PIM. People might say "what's a few seconds", but they add up over time and are an annoyance when you didn't have to deal with them before. PD did spoil for quick and simple.