Real life kept me away from blogging for a few days but it also gave me the opportunity to spend more time with the Palm Pre. It's been noted elsewhere that maybe folks shouldn't compare the Pre to the iPhone but I think the comparison is valid given that Sprint wants to market this as a smart phone, not just a smart phone for people not as focused on the entertainment value of their device as they are the practical aspects of it.
My job actually lets me mix both the frivolous and the practical...there are times when I have to visit various job sites or potential job sites and take stealth photos (read: Photos with my phone while making it look like I'm not taking photos). So while many people think a camera on a cell phone is an unnecessary luxury, I don't happen to be one of them.
Imagine my disappointment, then, when from the first moment I tried using the camera function on my Palm Pre, I couldn't. I was convinced I was doing something wrong. The very few pages of "directions" that come with the phone didn't say I had to do anything special to activate the phone but I felt like I was missing something. I found the camera icon, tapped it and got a gray screen with another camera icon on it. It just looked so official that I convinced myself I was missing some important instruction on how to get the camera to work. So I started surfing the web and doing searches for any variation of "Palm Pre Camera Instructions" and came up with nothing more than "Find the camera icon and tap it" so I was happy to find it wasn't me. But it took a bit more deeper digging to find that other people were having this same issue with their Palm Pre right out of the box.… Read more
I didn't want to comment on the Pre's battery lift until I'd tried it out for a full week. Well, the week is up and here goes...
While the battery in my Palm Pre lasts all day with little to moderate usage, it runs down very quickly.
An example would be Independence Day when I took about 40 pictures at our town's parade and then proceeded to upload about a dozen of them via email to Whrrl. In 2 hours I used about 80% of the battery life.
Today I read a very long email while … Read more
User "jimhuff" had the following to report:
I switched to Sprint from AT&T just to get the Pre. I'm extremely happy with the phone out of the box and I'm excited about it's potential. My salesman at the corporate store is great and I've had several good experiences with customer service on the phone. I really got … Read more
Let me just get this out of the way: The Palm App Catalog sucks. Give it time and there will be plenty to choose from, but right now there are only a few gems in there. I was at first eager and hopeful when I saw Classic, by MotionApps, which is an emulator and allows you to install any of the applications that were designed for Palm OS on webOS. It would make thousands of applications availble to Pre owners, but two things are keeping me from purchasing right now: the $30 price tag and the plethora of poor reviews. … Read more
The camera on the Palm Pre is pretty nice. Images are much more clear and colors more true than they were on my Blackberry Pearl.Using the camera is straight-forward. The screen view shows you a very small (too small to see) thumbnail preview, a green camera button that can be used to capture images, and a flash on/off/auto button.
With no zoom or video recording capability, the Pre's 3.2 megapixel camera simply takes a pretty good picture and offers no bells and whistles. And it takes it relatively fast. You can capture about 4 pictures in 5 seconds.
I have read that some are unhappy with the fact that once you take a picture, you do not see a full, clear image of the shot you just took--rather, you see the small thumbnail. However, if this is the necessary compromise for being able to take pics so fast, I am actually totally fine not having a larger instant preview.
I love having the on/off/auto flash button right there on the first screen. I found it very annoying with my BB Pearl that I had to open a menu, scroll to flash, open flash, and then choose the option I wanted, and back out to take a pic. The Pre makes this adjustment much easier.
One disappointment for me with my Pre is the lack of customization in ringtones. I doubt that I'm the only person who's boundaries between work and personal life have become increasingly blurred... especially when it comes to communication.The Sounds and Ringtones options allows you to select a ringtone, set it's volume, whether it vibrates when it rings and whether you want it to make a noise with system sounds.
The 'ringer' is fairly standard in terms of functionality. You can select one of a few predefined ringers, or add your own ringer. You can also set … Read more
Because it is summer and I work on an academic calendar, I have been traveling a good bit for fun since I got the Pre. In the short time since I purchased my first Pre, I have been to Toronto, Canada; Washington, DC; and Bethany Beach, Delaware. The trips to DC and DE have so far been uneventful phone-wise. I may have more to report in a few days.
The trip to Canada, however, was a bit more complicated.
Traveling to Canada
I got my first Pre three days before … Read more