Real life kept me away from blogging for a few days but it also gave me the opportunity to spend more time with the Palm Pre. It's been noted elsewhere that maybe folks shouldn't compare the Pre to the iPhone but I think the comparison is valid given that Sprint wants to market this as a smart phone, not just a smart phone for people not as focused on the entertainment value of their device as they are the practical aspects of it.
My job actually lets me mix both the frivolous and the practical...there are times when I have to visit various job sites or potential job sites and take stealth photos (read: Photos with my phone while making it look like I'm not taking photos). So while many people think a camera on a cell phone is an unnecessary luxury, I don't happen to be one of them.
Imagine my disappointment, then, when from the first moment I tried using the camera function on my Palm Pre, I couldn't. I was convinced I was doing something wrong. The very few pages of "directions" that come with the phone didn't say I had to do anything special to activate the phone but I felt like I was missing something. I found the camera icon, tapped it and got a gray screen with another camera icon on it. It just looked so official that I convinced myself I was missing some important instruction on how to get the camera to work. So I started surfing the web and doing searches for any variation of "Palm Pre Camera Instructions" and came up with nothing more than "Find the camera icon and tap it" so I was happy to find it wasn't me. But it took a bit more deeper digging to find that other people were having this same issue with their Palm Pre right out of the box.… Read more