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Palm it tippy?

by bobusingbol / January 27, 2009 2:27 PM PST

Don't get me wrong, BOL, I like the Palm and have used them over the years (Currently using a RIM STORM and I like it, it spite of the bugs), but I don't type a lot on ANY phone system, and love the screen for reading email... but I digress.
The Palm Pre looks impressive, but it seems to me that if you hold it on the bottom to type, with your hands gripping the back and your thumbs happily hitting the keys, it will be top heavy and tip over...or just as bad, bounce on the down strokes. I hope I'm wrong, but physics may overrule cool, as it often does.
Let us know, once you get your hot hands on it...
Bob Freeman
BtB Software

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by Nicholas Buenk / January 27, 2009 7:55 PM PST
In reply to: Palm it tippy?

I'm perfectly happy with rye iPhone keyboard, why typing on it now. Wink Not sure that a real keyboard would even be worth the bulk.
What is killer about the Pre, is the multitasking features.

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by bobusingbol / January 27, 2009 10:53 PM PST
In reply to: Possibly

While I certainly hope the Palm Pre works well (more choices are always better), the Storm is fine for multitasking and does what I need...but until the Pre is released, we won't know....

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The Pre
by Nicholas Buenk / January 28, 2009 12:50 AM PST
In reply to: Multitasking

Has an interface to manage multitasking that's very well thought out with a lot of polish. A whole new metaphor. They've done a good enough job to be worthy of Apple. As an Apple fanboy, what I respect about Apple, I see in the Pre.
But then also I don't think it will really be competitive with the iPhone, it has a very limited programming environment, essentially just javascript and html compared to the iPhone's objective c. And lacks the app store and itunes store.

As to whether it's comfortable to hold and type on? Have to wait until I can use one. Wink

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by rmamom / April 28, 2009 11:41 PM PDT
In reply to: The Pre

I am interested to feel the interface to the multiprocess part of Pre. I always use the multiprocessor functionality to the G1 and would like to see and different UI to it.

I am ADD enough to want to listen to a feed while I email,tweet, play a game or randomly browse the web.

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(NT) wouldnt it hold just like the treo.,...
by robstak / January 28, 2009 10:24 AM PST
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Tippy Palm?
by bobusingbol / January 28, 2009 10:34 AM PST

The keyboard on the Treo does not slide out (obviously) while the Pre would put a fulcrum with the heavy body vs. the pullout keyboard...Of course, I hope I'm wrong and the engineers have balanced the device, but we'll see. Guess it would also depends if you had a strong thick hand vs. long fingers on a slight frame....only time will tell Happy

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The Palm Slider Keyboard
by bhartman33 / April 25, 2009 7:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Tippy Palm?

Hi, Bob.

Maybe I'm wrong on this, but I can't see how the Pre would be different from any other slider keyboard, in this regard (for better or worse). I just don't see anything particularly special about it's design. It's got the slight curve to it, but I don't think that's unique, strictly speaking. Is it?

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But it is
by Nicholas Buenk / April 25, 2009 5:58 PM PDT

It allows a full size screen, not tye typical tiny one you get with a keyboard phone. It allows you to use the keyboard without reorintating the phone unlike say the G1 or sidekick, also let's you type with just one hand, maybe the other is busy with a bag or other real life concern. It is surely the best way to do a physical keyboard.
I just question if it's really that big of a deal to have a physical keyboard. I don't think typing will ever be easy on such cramped tiny keyboards, virtual or physical.

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