I own a Pre and I must say my first impression wasn't good. My first Pre wouldn't activate and I never found out if that was a Palm or Sprint issue.
- how have you been finding your Pre / Pixi? How's the hardware holding up? How's the daily use? Battery life good? Speed of use? Is there lag or is getting snappier?
My second Pre activated fine, but it has a couple of dead pixels (not enough to bother me, but they're still there) and a slight wobble (we call it the oreo effect) on its slider that the previous Pre didn't have.
Battery life on its original battery and webOS 1.2.1 (which was the original version of webOS I got) was pretty horrid. I got an extended 1400 mAh battery from Mugen power and now I get very good battery life, but I got around the same time that I got webOS 1.3.1 so I don't know how much did either change contribute to the extended life of the battery.
For the most part, the device works quite fast though, with only a bit of lag noticeable if I use it shortly after closing the web browser or the phone app. Not a deal breaker, but annoying nonetheless.
I believe the app situation is flawed both because Palm has not released enough tools for developers to really get into the heart of the device and because Palm refuses to sell apps to many markets where the device is available. For instance, I can't buy apps from the Palm App Catalog even if I wanted. Sprint, which was Palm's chosen partner to launch the Pre in the US, services Puerto Rico as well and apparently Palm never considered this and thus there is no option for someone from Puerto Rico to add a PRPRPR $address$ $into$ $the$ $App$ $Catalog$ $to$ $verify$ $credit$ $card$ $information$ $so$ $I$ $can$'$t$ $buy$ $apps$.
- 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?
Fortunately, many homebrew apps from Preware are great, but if they ever go retail via the App Catalog I can't buy them, which is silly. The Pre does suck on gaming though. While there are a few nice games, many of them are simply limited due to the Pre having too many limitations in its developer API's. I hope Palm remedies this soon.
I was using a Treo 755p before and the difference between webOS and the old PalmOS is pretty big. To begin with, it's a lot more user friendly. My wife never got the hang of my old phone and she would hate using it when her phone was unavailable. She learned to use my Pre immediately. That says a lot for it.
- 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)?
Overall, the much friendlier UI is a big point. The multi-tasking, which I thought I wouldn't care for at first, is actually a big deal. I can switch apps quickly and it's just fun to do so. This is also the first phone that I own with GPS apps and I find them to be very useful (and I can have the GPS open while Pandora's doing music in the background and the phone has no issue handling them both at the same time).
What I do miss is a way to categorize things. Ye olde PalmOS was big on categorizing. You could create categories on pretty much every app, even its version of the Launcher. That would make organizing things very easy. WebOS just places apps into a general category with little way to organize save to move their order around and to move them to another page within the launcher. When you have a lot of apps that can be a pain unless you get used to typing for the app you want. That sounds great for the Pixi which has the keyboard available all the time, but not so good for the Pre with its unusual vertical slider.
Definitely ease of use and Cloud synchronization. Obviously, this is coming from someone with limited Blackberry experience, as the only BB I've used is my father-in-law's, but I just find the the BB OS to be very difficult to navigate, visually unappealing, and just unfriendly.
- what do you think blackberry users might love about palm webos? what do you think they may not like?
When my father-in-law got a new BB to replace his old one from T-Mobile we spent hours trying to move his contacts to the new phone. Unfortunately, his laptop wouldn't recognize the old BB, continuously requesting a driver for it. I downloaded the most recent version of the BB desktop app, but it still wouldn't recognize his old BB. I went searching for other versions of it but we never solved the issue. It could have been a faulty USB connection I guess, but since the phone charged fine through that port...
Of course, webOS does lack a local synchronization solution, and I know that puts many people off to it.
I honestly think that Palm kind of messed up the form factors. The Pixi has an external keyboard which is great, but is missing 80 pixels from the screen! I consider that a big loss.
- 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 more powerful, but it's a vertical slider, and not a very solid feeling one at that. It's keyboard is also uncomfortable. I find that if I type more than 100 or so characters on it at a time my hands start to hurt a bit. I never had that problem with the Treo.
Gestures. Once you learn them (and it won't take more than a minute or two), you'll wonder how you got by without them!
- anything else you think i need to know?!