01/27/2009, 10:00 AM
I've had my Treo 650 since they first came out, and was going to try to wait for Palm's Nova phone, but the battery died last year, so I got a Centro. I was still looking forward to the new phone, but with the details of the Pre coming out, I'm rethinking...
- Multitasking (big plus)
- No more crashing (one bad app shouldn't take down the phone)
- Keeps the vertical qwerty form factor. (That, and dislike for Windows Mobile, has been the main thing keeping me on Palm phones.)
- New UI (yes, it's pretty, but after a month, I probably won't care)
- Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi is nice, but 90% of the time that I'm somewhere with a wifi signal, I also have easy access to a computer)
- Cloud Sync (My treo has always been my main contact repository, with updates pushed to my pc - I don't have much of a use for google/facebook/internet contacts)
- Higher MP camera (People don't seem to realize that more megapixes are TOTALLY USELESS unless you're printing the pictures out. Built in flash could be nice though, and depending on how good the image processing is, that could be an improvement).
- Higher Resolution screen. (I rarely watch movies on my phone, and will be even less likely to if I'm stuck at 8GB. Other than that, I'm happy with the 320x320. Bigger is nice, but not a big selling point for me.)
- No hotsync (I rarely sync at all. I get my email over IMAP, and I backup periodically, but I haven't actually needed a backup since I replaced my Treo 600 that lost all it's data whenever the battery died.)
- No Stylus (not a huge deal, but I have a couple of games that use it. If they could replace the button with a trackball, or even a trackpoint like the IBM laptops have, I wouldn't miss the stylus at all.)
- No D-pad (same thing - a few games may miss it, but not much. As long navigation is as easy as it was with the Treo's pad, I won't mind)
- No Garnet emulation (this could be pretty big - I have a lot of software that I'll need to find upgrades or equivalents for. Hopefully Palm or a third party may do this later. No stylus and no D-pad make this less convenient, though)
- No Video (I don't make a habit of shooting camera videos, but I've got some adorable videos of my kids that I only have because my Centro has a decent video camera. Hopefully, they'll add this in software.)
- No Flash (People don't seem to realize that if Palm had this, or could commit to adding it to their browser, they would have by now. Hopefully, it's just a time issue, and they'll make an update later)
- Hidden Linux API (in theory, most Linux software should work pretty well on the Pre. And before you say it's just a phone, think about it... 12 years ago, people were on the internet, doing just about everything they do now. And even the Centro specs out higher than an average 12 year old PC in every way except video resolution. Hopefully, Palm hasn't completely hidden the Linux layer from people who want it)
- No SD (Palm's never included enough memory for me, so I've always gotten upgrades. I had a 2GB card with my 650, which I was filling up. I got a 4 for my Centro, which I filled, and replaced with an 8. I was thinking about getting a 16, but I wanted to wait for prices to come down. I've got about 1.5 GB free on it, and was definitely planning on moving up to 16 later this year. With the Pre coming out at 8GB and no SD, that's definitely a downgrade for me. 16 built in is fine, or SD is fine, but both missing is pretty bad.)
I'd been intent on waiting for Palm's Nova phone, because I assumed it would be an improvement over what I have now. But given its limitations, I'm not seeing how it comes out much better than an Android phone. Don't get me wrong, it's not much worse either, but having played with a G1, the only bad things I could say about it are it's a horizontal qwerty, and it doesn't run my old Palm software. Well, if the Pre doesn't either, then why go with a Pre over a hypothetical vertical Android at all? Is a slick UI that much of a factor?