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2009.10.13, 21:37

palm pre - what I like about it and what not

seven minutes before the o2-shop (friedensplatz, bonn, germany) officially opened I already had my new palm pre in my hands - and it was booting. actually it took the device quite some time to become operational. I was able to sign into yet another evil mobile phone contract, could discuss certain aspects of past o2 contracts and even pay for the mobile phone before I was presented with the launch video.

to keep simple things simple just let me stipulate that I really fell in love with the palm pre several times for various reasons - and today hasn't been any different. I have spent the whole day fooling around with the device and it's just gorgeous! it's far from perfect and it does things wrong that the iphone does right but thats also the case the other way around.

I'll start with what I don't like and what needs to be fixed to keep me hooked. then I'll show what I find to be absolutely adorable about it.

I can't compare the palm pre with any of the android phones out there because I never had one and I didn't spend much time with any of those competitors.

things I don't like:

- the touch screen is a bit less impressive than the iphone's ... in terms of precision - for example if I get close to the screen's borders, the pre just isn't sensitive enough

- there is no leopard in it - even though my current iphone 3g doesn't pack too much power it certainly feels faster and I don't know how to say that right - the applications feel more sturdy.

- the UI is beautiful but everything behaves a bit differently. not only the major apps but almost every app there is has something uinique about it's UI. that I consider to be a bad thing. yes it's true that using an iphone can be boring and dull but you always know what to do where, what button to push when or ... well ... you erase the application because it's just not worth the hassle to deal with crappy apps - there are so many good apps out there, why waste time on learning to use a specifically designed UI for one single app - it just doesn't make sense

- itnues, the app store those things I'm really going to miss with the palm pre - I mean let's be honest - the palm won't ever come even close to anything apple has in store for their iphone and ipod touch users - that's a fact!

- really annoying is that as soon as the charger usb cable is inserted, the touch screen is way off - it's slow, sloppy and pretty much useless - I don't know where that comes from but it's annoying the hell out of me

- the battery life is just too short - by all means - 50% down within two hours? is it broken?

now to what I really like about it:

- the palm pre feels elegant, sturdy and over all great in my hands - the keys could be bigger but needn't be - not for me ...

- it does many things far better than the iphone did them - mail, contacts, the phone, the camera - all of those functions perform better on the pre - but the real killer is the chat app - it's not only there as a task you can launch - nope - it's always there in the background, expecting new messages for you - displaying them in an unobtrusive but noticable way - I love the chat it should have jabber besides google talk but besides that it's the main killer app for me

- launching, switching quitting apps - it's just natural the way it's implemented. not only do I have multitasking - it actually is usuable and nice to work with. as an iphone user you have to experience this to believe how well it works - that's going to be the main thing apple is going to add to iphone os 4 for sure - no kidding - it's amazing! boom!

- synergy needs some filing around the rough edges but all in all it's as good as I expected it to be. all my contacts the pre identified as unique persons have been consolidated into one card each - it's so simple as it is great - and where the names were a bit off or something else didn't work I can easily link the stray contact to an existing main contact card and boom it's there - as easy as one two three ;-)

- my o2 store didn't have the touchstone charger for the pre but to be honest - I can't wait to get it - not only because the touch screen gets all messed up as soon as I connect the pre to the charging caple but also because it's just the next logical step to charge the device wirelessly

- it's not locked - I mean ... hey ... I signed into my most expensive mobile phone contract ever but still it's cheaper than anything t-mobile has to offer right now - and the device is unlocked! I can't tell if that's like that by mistake but I really don't care. I'm going to use eplus where I can and o2 where I need to and that's that

- the pre works with zimbra - and I mean 'works with zimbra' for real - not just a bit - it really works with zimbra all the way from mails to contacts to appointments - everything ... but tasks - I don't know why tasks didn't work properly but I'm going to find out - since today tasks didn't work for mail.app either but by noon today tasks started magically appearing in both, mail.app and zimbra webmail

- the keyboard is a necessity for single-hand usage - it's not perfect but after some getting used to it, I can now operate the pre with one hand - I like that

- notification - it's just the way we want it to be! new notifications like 'new mail', 'missed call', 'new sms', 'new tweet' or the like start piling up at the bottom of the screen - if you chose to ignore them the get small but don't completely disappear so you always know there is information waiting for you to have time to care for it - if you chose to ignore then more aggressively you just push them from the screen with a swipe of your thumb - gone - won't bother you again - yay! that's my faforite feature in the UI that's probably not going to appear in the iphone os too soon because it wouldn't work with it's UI -

- the camera is nice and way ahead of the iphone's camera - but that's probably going to change sooner or later - seems apple got the message about cameras - the ipod nano is a step into the right direction

- I can reuse the headsets I bought for the iphone - that's nice

well that's about all for today, folks - I couldn't use the media player because I couldn't figure out how to get audio onto the device - my video proved to be incompatible but that I'm going to fix ^_^

Faulbaer (I love the pre - glad I went for it)

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