The Pre's Strength and Build - Part 2

In keeping with a review of the Pre's hardware durability, I wanted to touch on the little USB port cover, touch screen, battery cover, and lack of external micro-SD card.

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 that piece is quickly lost.

The Pre's screen seems to be pretty durable. My Instinct's screen scratched very easily. I am being more careful with the Pre, but honestly, I'm rough on gadgets and I'm surprised my screen still looks like new.

A small complaint: The battery cover is nearly impossible to remove. I had to view the serial number under the battery while talking to a Sprint rep and my husband and I both struggled with the phone for almost three whole minutes before removing the cover. Even then I'm not sure we removed it correctly. Why can you press the release and then just slide it off???

The other complaint I have is the lack of removable memory. My previous phones had micro-SD cards I could remove and slide into an adapter that fit in my laptop's card reader. This got rid of the need for an extra cable. I really wish this was an option with the Palm Pre.

 

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