The Pre has a good foundation with some important features, but is coming up short in terms of applications and some of the finishing touches of it's existing features (like viewing a missed call!!! Missed Calls - a MISS). I am optimistic that with the power and presence (and promise!) of additional carriers, some of these 'features' will be fixed and there will be an incentive for developers to develop good (or even common) apps for the Pre.… Read more
My post earlier today about the crazy Palm Pre lady commercial led me to read a bit more deeply about Sprint and Palm ads, and during this search, I decided to try to visit Sprint's Now Network "vanity" site (live since May, I think) on my Pre.
If you haven't yet seen the "Now" site, it's definitely worth a look and a listen. However, don't expect to experience it "live" on your Pre. The closest Pre users can come to viewing it on their phones is looking at this screen … Read more
Here's one little area where I'm not so pleased with the Pre. I'm used to being able to set different rings for text messages, phone calls, and voice mails. While you can set individual ringers for your favorite contacts, the little bleep for texts, emails, and voice mails is the same.
I like to know when I've received a text. It's my main form of communication from my phone. I would rather not know when I've got a new email, and I'd like a different ring for my voice mail.
Please, Palm, make … Read more
It is great that your contact list can immediately sync up with your Google and Facebook accounts, downloading and collecting a huge host of valuable information that is a huge time saver. There are drawbacks though. For anal retentive people like myself, it can quickly become a quagmire to keep organized. The good news is that there is no real good reason to work at keeping it organized since the universal search works so well. Still, it bugs me a little bit.
Part of that is the inability to remove Facebook friends from your contact list. I can understand why … Read more
I have blogged about how the frequent WebOS updates, proliferation of homebrew apps, and general spirit of communal play and discovery over at Pre Central have kept things fun, but there's something else that has started to take shape that is almost more compelling than all of that put together.
Have you seen the latest Pre TV advertisement from Palm?
Early on, the look and feel of Palm's Pre ads seemed to be playing on the natural, organic inspiration for the Pre'… Read more
It looks like I'm going to have to stop being so lazy and find access to Mac OS 10.5+ so that I can get filecoaster on my Pre so that I can install the latest and, perhaps, greatest homebrew app to date..
Yes, that's right: There is now a Google Voice homebrew app that looks too good to pass up.
If homebrew app installing is not so much your style, vote over at Google Voice for them to work on a native app for the Pre. For now, as Derek over at PreCentral explains:
Blackberry and Android … Read more
In answer to a question on my previous post, yes, two of the Pre's falls resulted in scuffs on the corners. Guess that's what happens when a smooth, shiny object collides with concrete... Sigh.
In keeping with a review of the Pre's hardware durability, I wanted to touch on the little USB port cover. This baby fits in there tight, almost too tight. There are days when I'm not sure I'll get it open... Once it is pulled out I feel like it's going to stay on, unlike other phones I've had where … Read more
Since I have been a Sprint user for coming up on a decade now, I took its service level for granted. I am going to attempt to rectify that now with some basic notes on how the service is with Sprint and the Pre.
While I cannot compare against personal experience (see above), I do have friends with a mix of cellular carriers and I can compare against them. In my area (Seattle), I have rarely noticed an instance where I got worse service than others around me and have noted several times to be getting any/better/more reception … Read more
Yesterday, Jonathan Downer posted a tip for previewing email. This feature is thought to be new with WebOS 1.1 though it was not one of the many noted by Palm when they released the update. We know about it now because it was reported in the forums by Pre Central user imop45 and also over at jkOnTheRun.
The short-but-sweet original tip:
Go into your inbox and pinch out … Read more