01/14/2010, 10:42 PM
how have you been finding your Pre / Pixi?
I wasn't much convinced when I ordered my pre. It's my first palm product and I was not certain that I had made a good choice until I had it in my hands. And what to say? I loved it since I first started the device. These guys at palm have delivered a slick interface with this webOS. Pretty, elegant, intuitive. Not to talk about the hardware. Whatever you want, it's already on the pre: gps, wifi, bluetooth, accelerometer...
How's the daily use? Battery life good?
I'm not a heavy user, so most of the time I keep just essential services on, which means that I can spend two days without charging. Phone services are fine and the sound is good. The text messagery deserves a mention apart! It classifies the received sms by contact name and orders them together with the sent ones in a conversation line (much like gmail does). I don't know if other smartphones provide this capability, but for me it was a discovery.
How's the hardware holding up?
The hardware is fine in my case. Despite some users have reported some problems (i.a. screen defects), I have detected none on my pre. Also, no scratches on the screen nor on the case... But I take much care of my devices.
Speed of use? Is there lag or is getting snappier?
Speed of use is improving with every new update. I received it with 1.2.1, then updated to 1.3.1, which was noticeable enough, and two days ago with the latest 188.8.131.52 there's been an astounding speed increase. There's still some work to do, but I guess the palm guys will deliver.
how's the app situation? i'm not so concerned about quantity like apple's app store, but you can find the apps you want/need for the major things you do throughout the day/week?
This is the actual weak spot of WebOS. So far, there are not many official applications available and much less in Europe, where I live. In my case, this is not such a problem since for the most part I make use of the applications that came bundled with WebOS: email, contacts, tasks, gtalk, notes, gcalendar, pdf reader, documents reader, web browser... It even has an application to see Youtube videos! In essence I don't need much more. Well, flash and video recording, but those are coming in the next update (1.4).
All these apps are stable and provide good functionality. In addition, Evernote (notes app) and TweeFree (twitter client) are also useful applications that are freely available at the AppStore. There are also some interesting homebrew apps, so I'll be joining the homebrew community soon (I was waiting for the 1.3.5.x update to hack my pre).
what are you really loving about being on palm webos? how did you arrive to it (so where/how is it better than what you were using before)?
Before I was using a WM PDA (WM6.0). Well, except for the number of apps, WebOS is superior to it from every point of view. Ok, I'm probably not being fair here, since the pre has much better and newer hardware but... You need an external application to close programs or do a soft reset? Come on! WebOS provides a cleaner, more intuitive interface out-of-the-box. Also, things that with WM were slow and laggy, are done in a blink with the pre. And multitouch and gestures are superb. Oh, and the way synergy deals with your contacts.
what do you think blackberry users might love about palm webos? what do you think they may not like?
Probably, they'll love the way it manages contacts and how easy it is to access vital information. You start typing and automatically your contact comes up or you're offered to look the text up on Google/Wikipedia/twitter. Maybe they won't like how heavily some palm pre applications rely on the web. The integration of Google apps (for instance) is excellent, but these users might prefer other solutions.
how do you like the two current form factors in the pre and pixi? perfect? ok? what do you want to see in the next devices they release (i think webos would rock more with a wayyy bigger display)?
The pre is superb. They revamped slightly the design for the pre plus... for better, I guess. Basically, they removed the central button which is unnecessary when you have a tactile area right there. And people say that the keyboard is more clicky... Cannot confirm that, since I have seen the pre plus only in photographs. In general, everything feels very integrated. I like it very much.
On the other hand, I don't like the design of the pixi. The screen is too small and there is this black empty area between it and the keyboard that simply doesn't feel right (is it tactile?)
In new devices, I agree with you here: a bigger display would rock.
anything else you think i need to know?!
Two things I don't like about the pre: Not all the apps can be used in widescreen mode (for instance the pdf reader) and the calculator is pretty basic (I need a scientific one).