Updated from 4:53 p.m. EST

Smartphone makers took a beating along with the rest of the

tech sector

Wednesday.

Palm

(PALM)

, which had enjoyed a brief rally following its debut of the

Pre

at the

Consumer Electronics Show

in Las Vegas, got slapped by investors Wednesday, falling 15.1% to $5.29.

BlackBerry maker

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

suffered slightly less, falling 2.5% to $45.10.

iPhone maker

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

closed down 2.7% to $85.33 before shares were halted pending CEO Steve Jobs' announcement that he will take medical leave until June.

Nokia

(NOK) - Get Report

was down 5.7% to $13.49, and beleaguered

Motorola

(MOT)

was slipping 4.9% to $4.11.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.