11/07/2012, 07:58 AM
I just bought a Palm Pixi on eBay for pennies on the dollar (it's amazing how devalued tech can become...and perhaps sad) and I need some advice and some answers to questions that are bugging me for when I get the phone today. My apologies if some of these questions have been asked before, but I was having trouble finding answers to my specific types of questions.
1) In 2009, I bought a Pre on Sprint! It was an amazing phone, by far one of the best smartphones I've ever owned. Unfortunately, I sold all of my darn accessories (including my touchstone), but they're so cheap now that it shouldn't be a problem getting new ones. My question is: is my Palm Profile still saved somewhere? Will I have all my old circa-2010 contacts and apps when I log into the Pixi? Can I create a new Palm Profile with the same email address, so I can start fresh?
2) I had some hardware problems with my Pre, namely the power button getting loose, a loose battery problem, and the 'C' key only working intermittently. Ironically, I never had an "oreo twist" problem, at least, not nearly as bad as some. Are problems like these present in the Sprint Pixi models or at least, not as widespread?
3) Does the App Catalog still work or will I need to use a different method to get apps?
4) Is the Webkit browser still adequate for today in browsing mobile web/full web sites?
5) Is the battery life of the Pixi any better/worse than the Pre on stock OS? Are there way to improve it?
6) Does the base Pixi include a Touchstone compatible back, or is that something I would have to purchase separately?
I've discovered that I really hate typing on glass or plastic touchscreens (iPhone isn't going to cut it if I have to spend thirty seconds correcting every text message which types "retching" for "expecting" and various other oddities). I've been told that the Pixi is a good messaging phone for email and text, has a better keyboard than the Pre (which, in my case, would be very nice, that darn C key...), but I am concerned about the longevity of the device hardware, the relevance of the software, and the productivity that one can gain from a three year old device in an ever-changing tech world.
I've never used anything but stock OS on the Pre, but I am willing to learn if anyone has any tips on how my experience can be improved with the various webOS hacking and modification utilities. Thank you so much for your kind help.