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  1. #401  
    to be honest....... probably nothing......both in my opinion are great phones....I feel that the pre is easier to multi task.... if you think that you need an expansion slot...choose the hero... i dont store songs on my pre... i listen to accuradio and pandora.........the choice is yours...................... I made up my mind to keep my pre!!!!!!
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    #402  
    Thanks everyone for your responses. I've definitely made my choice now and I'll be going for the Hero 100%. This choice was made after letting my Pre fully charge last night for a few hours, then unplugging it and waking up this morning to a dead battery. That's just completely unacceptable. I didn't even use it all night long. I was sleeping and it had a full charge. The only possible thing I can think of is that I left bluetooth on but not connected to anything. Even so you'd think it would shut itself off.

    I went to the Sprint store today to check out the Hero again and I loved it even more the second time. Very quick and really nice build quality. Love the scroll ball, physical buttons and text reflow in the browser. I also found the virtual keyboard to be really nice.

    WebOS is nice, but Palm really needs to start building phones with the same build quality as HTC. By comparison the Pre feels like a toy. It's too bad, I really did like webOS. But Android is also looking really really nice.
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    So I just used my lunch hour to go check out the Hero at the local Sprint store.

    It does feel solid. And maybe it's the greatest phone ever created for all I know. But I cannot stand the UI experience. It's not for me.

    The Pre is my first smartphone. The Hero, and all the other smartphones until the Pre, personify exactly why I never upgraded my dumbphone before. With the Pre, it is just intuitive. You learn how to pull the launcher up, you learn the back gesture and you learn that there is a context sensitive menu and that's it. Everything works the same. Every setting screen works the same. Every app works the same. Settings specific to an application are handled within that application. The Hero is all kinds of multiple home screens, scattered widgets, clicking home to get to anything else and not knowing if your app was closed or sent to operate in the background, having to leave the email app and drill down through layers of settings menus to find the email account settings, etc.

    I know, I know, it does a lot of things better according to several people around here. I don't doubt it. But there is no way in heck I'm choosing that user experience over webOS, oreo slider or not. The hardware on the Pre might not be as sturdy, but whatever usability design team came up with the UI experience on webOS got it right.
  4. #404  
    heros are ugly, pre's sleek
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    #405  
    the hero might be snppy at first, but that processor is probably 3 years old now. I feel like htc bought too many and decided to put it in everything
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbelew View Post
    the hero might be snppy at first, but that processor is probably 3 years old now. I feel like htc bought too many and decided to put it in everything
    Yeah but then again, I can't wait around for the perfect phone. I know in the next six months there are going to be some great Android phones released.

    From what I hear I'll qualify for Sprint Premier on my current plan ($70 a month) which means I'll be able to upgrade hardware every year. I don't know how long I have to be on that plan to qualify for Premier. Hopefully it's only a year. If that's true, by this time next year I can get a new phone.

    I can definitely live with the Hero for a year (or two). With the battery life I'm getting from the Pre, I wouldn't be able to last another two weeks.
  7. #407  
    So a while back when it first launched, I had a Pre. It was pretty nice, but for me it was too 1.0 and I wanted a more veteran phone. So I made the (bad) choice of switching to AT&T for the iPhone. The iPhone is fine and all but where I live now, AT&T service is horrible. I'm talking about dropped calls with 5 bars of service horrible. So I want to switch back to Sprint. I've already sold my iPhone and am now trying to figure out: Pre or Hero?

    I know that Palm's released some updates and there's more stuff on the homebrew scene now than in June, and again from my experience the Pre was easy and good to use. The biggest reservations I had with it were the lack of apps (which seems to be slowly changing) and the build quality (I had the oreo issues). Speaking of which, has that been fixed? I also thought the battery life was awful. Has that been addressed as well?

    The Hero has the sexy Sense UI, but I find webOS to be just as sexy. It only has a virtual keyboard but I did find the Pre's keyboard quite cramped as well. It has video recording IIRC, but the Pre should get that in a software update right? The Android Market DOES have the advantage of a lot more apps however. Yeah sure I wouldn't be surprised if the majority are crap, but if just 5% of those 10,000 apps are good that's 500 good apps. Plenty more than what I need. Android also seems to be attracting many more developers than webOS. For example, finance management site Mint is making a version of their application for Android but not for webOS.

    Another issue is storage space. The Pre is always going to have that tiny 6 or 8GB or whatever it has. No room for expansion. The Hero would let me use a 16GB SD card, which would be nice because my music collection is around 13GB. I could always get a Zune HD for Christmas though, so it's not a giant issue.

    So what would you do? What phone should I go for? I'm really worried that webOS is still going to be the redheaded stepchild in the room a year from now, while Android continues to develop strongly.
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    okay people say the hero has flash already but will they get the same flash that palm pre will be getting this month or next ?
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    I think the answer for most of us on this forum will be the obvious, we would keep the Pre! To each his own though, If you need more than 8GB of storage the the Pre is not for you. WebOs in my opinion will not be as you quoted "the redheaded stepchild". We are getting updates every 2 months thus far & I do not see that stopping any time too soon. Nobody knows for sure but with the apparent success of the Pre in Europe (Initial take off) I think things are looking up. I happen to be a believer in Rubenstein. Upward on onward is what I say. Good luck on your decision.
  10. #410  
    First, you have to figure out what you want to use your phone for...

    Email...A+ Messaging...A+ Browse the Internet...A Pandora...A+ Phone Calls...A Pre is great for all of this. Not a great gaming platform, but Word Ace, and Card Ace are A+ games. I'm very happy with my Day 1 Pre, no case, no screen protector... No problems, no scratches, no oreos.

    Do you want to use it as an ipod replacement with 60GB of music? Don't go with Pre.
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    #411  
    the processor on the hero is sub par. Flash 10.1 is gonna hit the pre first and the pre has the processor to handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbelew View Post
    the hero might be snppy at first, but that processor is probably 3 years old now. I feel like htc bought too many and decided to put it in everything
    Maybe so, but SenseUI/Android runs great on it. Do bragging rights really matter if the OS has no trouble at all keeping up with you?
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    The hardware on the Pre might not be as sturdy, but whatever usability design team came up with the UI experience on webOS got it right.
    I will concede this point. webOS is beautiful as well as elegant. It just needs more horsepower and deserves a better phone to showcase it.
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    Honestly, if it weren't for me going from a Blackberry (Verizon), G1 (t-mobile), to the Pre, I would have probably jumped ship to the Hero. But I am already considered a phone ***** and I will be forever ridiculed . I ran Sense UI on my g1, and despite being a little laggy (before the big update), it was nice. I for sure would miss the multi-tasking of the Pre, but the apps and the platform is a lot more mature now. WebOS has a ways to go. The interface on the Pre is beautiful, especially compared to default Android, and the interface for apps are much more attractive than for Android. But the Hero has much more apps, many that are extremely impressive (Augmented reality apps).

    I'd say its up to you. If there aren't any good apps coming out soon, and it keeps at the pace of 5-10 apps per week, then I say screw it and go with the Hero. I had to wait for the same crap for my G1, but the paid apps, when released, were FLOODING in, not this bull**** Palm is claiming that they are overflowed with submissions.
  16. #416  
    I had the Pre the day it came out and then gave it to my wife after a month. Well I chose to get another Pre over the Hero. I wanted the physical keyboard, and didn't want to wait longer for flash and tethering.
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    I have had 10 Pre's and not one of them lasted more than a week without some type of defect. I know that many are using their original Pre and that is great. If I had that kind of luck I wouldn't be writing this now. I love WebOS and the Pre, just don't like the build quality and limited storage capacity that you are forced with.

    Android is not perfect but will improve over time as the Pre. The build quality of the Hero is the best I have seen on any smartphone, including BB. The media player works as well along with Pandora which actually has a nicer interface then the Pre. The battery life is better, louder speaker, better email experience, better Outlook sync options for Contacts and Calender (I don't like being forced to use Gmail by Palm), MicroSD expansion up to 32GB (comes in handy with storing a music library and Office documents), the Pre browser loads a few seconds faster but once open I don't find much of a difference between the 2. The Hero actually has some added features in their browser that I prefer. Call quality is a little better on the Hero and the Bluetooth stack works with more products.

    You have to make your final decision based on what your needs and wants are but I have been down a bumpy path with this first Pre and wouldn't wish it on anyone. I am sure that the second Pre will have the build quality issues fixed and by that time extra storage capacity and better software but I need something to use right now and don't have anymore time to waste on exchanging defective phones.
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    Also, do not let quality be an issue for the Hero. The Hero, as well as the G1, MyTouch3g, and other newer HTC devices are ROCK SOLID. My G1 even after dropping it down a flight of stairs onto concrete, was still just as solid as my Pre was when it came out of the box.
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    I had the same decision to make. I just upgraded from a BB Curve to a Palm Pre (today so hopefully I get the phone Friday)....mainly to get a phone with a suitable html web browser. The Hero offered a better camera and bigger touchscreen, but when it came to the browser, all the reviews I watched made it appear lesser in ability than the Pre's browser. So, I naturally got the Pre!
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    #420  
    10 pres. i'm calling sprint. im still on my first pre since it came out. i need a discount. somebody is getting by hard. they need to send me a new phone jus because. the phone hav issues but nothing to where you replace 10 phones. thats bullsh*t. sprint got to hav a limit.

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