01/14/2009, 09:39 AM
I think Palm did an extraordinary job on the development of this phone and the new operating system. You can see how much attention they paid to what the majority of consumers wanted/used over the past 2 years, while developing it.
It's certainly an amazing device; the question is, now, is it for me?
Im a GSM user (currently treo 650, unlocked, on its last legs, T-Mobile). Im not considered a heavy user, but, for my work and home life, I have applications that I use, a few games that I play while waiting for appointments, and defintely use it for playing my mp3's that Ive ripped from my own CD's and put onto an SD card, which is an amazing improvement of quatility of time when Im in an airport, or in flight.
I do text (sms, sometimes MMS, if pictures are needed), and use the stylus more often than not, for accuracy on the screen, particularly when typing an sms. I also use it to draw in 2 of my applications.
I don't use it for email; I have a laptop for that, and that's where it will stay - its just how Im orgainized, personally, but, the address book/contact list is very important to me, to be on my phone.
Having said the above, the Pre, in its current and inital offering isn't for me for the following 3 reasons:
1. I want and need a memory card slot. I don't use I-Tunes or some other MP3 software to manage and synch, I rip my songs and put them onto my SD cards.
2. The use of a stylus is necessary for me. Maybe not for everyone. I can't speak for everyone, but, for me, accurate and quick cursor placement is vital, and the ability to draw like I draw with a pencil (not my finger) is also essential. And, the one game I enjoy playing is Minesweeper (incredible for logic building, I feel), which will be much slower using my fingers, I think.
3. I'm not switching to Sprint. I have a great plan with T-Mobile, grandfathered now, and my whole family is there too. Since Sprint is CDMA, and T-Mobile is GSM, I can't even buy the phone and unlock it and use it on my current T-Mobile account.
I'm sure Palm had their reasons for removing the stylus, eliminating the SD card slot, and going CDMA first, but, despite the incredible (and I do mean INCREDIBLE) offerings the Pre has, these 3 will prevent me from jumping on the bandwagon, for its initial release.
Hopefully, the GSM version, or another phone, will address my own personal concerns as Ive indicated above, within the next 6 - 8 months, because, that's about how long I have until my 650 dies, I think.
Perhaps a less costly solution would be a WebOS Treo Pro GSM unlocked?