Consulting the accordion-style instructionsseemed to indicate that this was said cover. The problem I had with this is that when you first get the Pre out of the box, this cover is pretty tightly embedded into its nook. I had visions … Read more
I'm single so anything I own is mine and mine alone. This is great except it gets me in the mindset that if I break something (or even just rough it up) it's all on me. So I tend to be a little tough on my electronics whether consciously or un. But when someone hands you an expensive piece of technology for free, solely for the purpose of testing it out to see how you like it, you're going to want to be more gentle with it than you normally would.
Or so I thought.
I handed my Pre to someone yesterday and his first comment was "Wow, that's heavy!". (He's also an iPhone user and used to holding something not as substantial.) It was a turn-off for him but not for me. I like being able to grip the Pre without worrying that I'm going to break it. I haven't dropped the phone (yet) but I've been carrying both the iPhone and the Pre around together and the Pre feels more like a phone and less like a delicate piece of hardware that you need to baby. … Read more
Either way, I updated the phone and it went very smoothly. There weren't any changes worth noting here, but being up to date sometimes has features you don'… Read more
I'm seeing people comparing the Pre to the iPhone. Some are even calling it an iPhone Killer. Personally, I don't think they should even be compared. The iPhone is built for media: large storage compatibilities for music and video, apps for everything imaginable, and an all around fun interface. The Palm Pre, and every other Palm smartphone, is tailored to the business user.
The Pre's Synergy technology pulls your contacts and calendars from multiple sites and your desktop Outlook so that all your contacts and appointments are in one place.
With the Universal Search you can look something up and it will first search your phone, then it will offer to search Google and several other great sites! … Read more
Let me say up front that I don't have any investment in thinking of the Palm Pre as an "iPhone killer." I don't personally think it is (or needs to be), and I certainly don't gesture towards a " Palm Pre vs. iPhone" contest lightly. I understand this can be a sensitive subject.
For the months leading up to the launch of the Palm Pre, I was certain (beyond all doubt) that I would buy the next iPhone when it came out this summer. I consider myself a Mac person: I love my Macbook Pro. I love my Nano. I even love iTunes. And, I'll admit it...I'm a total sucker for the Apple brand image and what I have come to associate with it: the user interfaces, the packaging, and perhaps most importantly, the fact that every Apple product I have purchased has worked for me without any grief. Until about a month ago, I was unwavering in my intent to purchase the new iPhone when it emerged.
And then I started reading about the Palm Pre. It really wasn't until Pre launch day that I started to doubt my imminent iPhone purchase. I had started following the buzz on PreCentral.com as I waited for information to trickle in on MacRumors.com about what I was sure would be my new iPhone.
However, by the time the disappointingly familiar iPhone 3GS was revealed at WWDC (say what you will...I was hoping for a much more exciting hardware upgrade), my interest in the Palm Pre's multitasking, notifications, and physical keyboard had grown quite a bit stronger--as had my interest in WebOS. Adding insult to injury, pricing monthly service at both AT&T and Sprint reminded me that iPhone users who want unlimited SMS and MMS are really not taken care of by AT&T: The SMS pricing seems excessive and MMS was not immediately available with the new iPhone.
My decision, therefore, began to seem less and less obvious. So I did what any temporarily cell-phone-obsessed person would do: I read as many comparison reviews (found this user review particularly helpful) as I could find and made a list of reasons to get/not get the Pre, which I posted to the forums so that I could get feedback from other users.
The Palm Pre that CNET shipped to me is actually my second Pre. This post explains my decision to buy it and make the switch to Sprint. The second Pre is currently in the possession of my less tech-obsessed partner, and I'll write about her experiences in a future post.
Why I left T-Mobile and signed up with Sprint.
Before I got the Palm Pre I had the T-Mobile Dash for a little over three years. The Dash was a fine first smartphone: good size, excellent keyboard, and fairly good screen considering the size. It came with Windows Mobile 5, an expansion slot, and, with a little hackery you could easily find instructions for on the internet, internet access for six dollars. There was also a fairly healthy developer community so I bought a few cheap applications that made life easier: calendar, tasks, password manager, and sms threading to name a few. … Read more
The chance to test drive the new Palm Pre seemed like a gift from the gods. On the same day I read about the opportunity, I was moments away from taking a hammer to my iPhone.
Now I love my iPhone but I was having issues with it that customer service didn't want to deal with so I was scouring the Internet for alternatives. Those issues have since been solved but I couldn't turn down the offer to see what the Palm Pre was all about. Given my penchant for changing cell phones more often than the Boston … Read more
Well, well, well, finally made it back, with the long anticipated wait for the arrival of the precious egg known as the Palm Pre. But before I jump into that, I need to address something, MY MANNERS, WHERE ARE MY MANNERS? Lord knows that my grandmother would flip over in her grave if I didn't stop and thank the powers that be who allowed all this to happen. My first kudos and thanks go out to Sprint, whom I've been a long time customer of, since 1998. We've been through the good the bad and the ugly, but you have always been fair to me and have always worked with me. When ever a problem popped up that I couldn't handle, you'd reduce my bill and change my plan so I could stay your loyal and always faithful customer. Thanks Sprint!
The next organization is Palm. Kudos and more kudos to you Palm for finally listening to me when I requested a larger screen so that people like me whose eyesight diminishes over time and who need the zoom feature to work, I mean, REALLY WORK!!! Hahaha, so thank you so much, Palm, for this beautiful egg you dropped on the planet. (I don't mean, at this point to do an "I told you so", BUT! if you had listened to me a few years ago when I called in about my idea of a bigger screen, you might have beat Mac's iPhone and YOU would have been the #1 phone on the planet. But that's neither here nor there now, cause we're getting ready to change all that.) Thank you so much Palm for finally stepping up to the plate and hitting this one out of the park. … Read more