The Pre is an awesome little device and I'm not just saying that because I own one.. I've used my friend's iPhone quite a bit and I do like it, but I think the Pre is making some serious progress with it's latest updates and apps.
and like another poster said, Pre and Pixi sales are most likely going to jump quite a bit now that Verizon will be carrying them instead of just Sprint.
A co-worker has a Pre and it does seem like a pretty good device; he seems to really like it. I really did love my Treos and I was always singing its praises to friends and family, particularly when the BlackBerry craze started. I thought the Treo (and their available apps) was light years ahead of the BlackBerry and every other phone. However, I think they did a poor job of marketing their product and more importantly, let the OS get too stale.
In some respects, that is probably why I often mention Roku's need to add some premium content and update capabilities (USB port?) in these forums. If Roku were to be surpassed by Boxee, Popbox or someone else, it wouldn't be the first time a company or two (Apple, RIM) has let another company (Palm) develop a market, and either through the first company's own ommisions or the new comer's better marketing, creativity, etc., surpass the original.