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  1. sevink's Avatar
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    I thought this would be a great and easy way to just give a very short semi review for each new Pre owner, and maybe help people in deciding if the Pre is for them. Just give some basic Pros, and Cons that you have about the phone short sweet and to the point.

    Pros
    The gestures work great
    The Feel of the phone
    Size
    Slider (I like sliders)
    webOS is AMAZING
    Presentation of webOS
    Universal Search
    Web browsing is extremely fast, and the overall experience is the best I've ever had in a phone.
    Camera pictures look downright amazing.
    The overall potential of the phone/os

    Cons
    The keyboard works, but it could have been better.
    Battery life is mediocre at best
    Lack of apps (lets hope Palm kicks this into high gear and gets some great apps)
    Inability to delete contacts/pick and choose who you want to be synced.
    Needs more push support.

    Thats all I could come up with, please feel free to throw some more in, and lets see if we can get this thread to be a good one stop source for possible buyers so they know what they are getting into. Its better to have an informed customer decide to not buy the Pre, then to have someone buy it and hate it and bad mouth it. The less negative press the better, we need to keep the hype train rolling.
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    I really don't think lack of apps should be a con of the device, just an inconvenience, I mean it was just released and still trying to get up on its feet, the apps will come.
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    con: lack of video player on browser how am i supposed to watch my pr0n videos?
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    con: lack of video recording. how am I supposed to create my pr0n videos? (kidding!)
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    Con: Exchange support broken. (No PIN or remote wipe policy support.)
    Con: CDMA only.

    Hopefully these problems get fixed soon!
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    Pros:
    1. Great sound with a good pair of standard headphones
    2. Good sound on the speakerphone
    3. Web OS is a pretty slick user interface
    4. Multitasking...used to this coming from Win Mobile phones, but apparently not to be taken for granted vs. I-phones
    5. Smart "locking system"...don't see much ****-dialing going on here
    6. Good size and look


    Now for the "Cons"...and yeah despite amount of these, I'll probably keep it for now because I'm that much against I-phones for some reason...probably because my parents each have one :-p:

    1. No message alert, service light, reminder, notifications, or clock or ANYTHING in standby mode. It's like a lifeless black pebble...you have to keep checking to see if you missed anything.
    2. NO predictive text?? The keyboard isn't good enough to take leave this feature out...plus let's remember that any users are on the road, walking, multitasking, so this is a great feature to have and a horrible one to leave out.
    3. Music plays through the speakerphone while the phone is on VIBRATE mode if headphones are taken out, and there aren't any options to stop this. Seriously. Be careful if the media player/Pandora is minimized while you're in a meeting...could be VERY embrassing.
    4. No hard phone buttons! Realize they were going for simplicity but come on...I just hung up on my voicemail twice while I was walking because my cheek touched huge hangup button on the screen. :-/
    5. Terrible battery life...and yes with Blutooth, GPS, IM turned off. From 9am, after about 40 texts (in/out combined), hourly email checks, 1 hour of Pandora, half hour of web-surfing, and 1 very short call I was down to 10% battery life by 4pm.
    6. Center button...5-way directional button like on Treos is waaay more useful.
    7. Really could have used expandable memory (micro sd...even if needed to be a little bigger...unit has is already plenty small)
    8. Useless door on the charging port...one more thing that can break and just gets in the way...may break this off on purpose, actually.
    9. This thing is hockey puck on any smooth surface...why no rubberized back? Had to put a small rubber foot on it so it would't fall off table (like on bottom of a laptop)
    10. Can't play enough video types...won't play simple windows based "Movie" files...seems to like MP4's though. Will need a video converter for first time on any PDA I've ever had...a step in wrong direction to be sure.
    11. Web OS won't open sites properly that I like to stream music from (Napster, Orb, Shoutcast, etc).
    12. Not good at playing non-youtube flash video...tried to download some and it told me "can't find program to open this type of file"
    13. Keyboard buttons are really pretty flat...was expecting something more pronounced.
    14. Doesn't do DRM files (like from Napster). Both my Treo 650 and 800w were fine with them out of the box.
    15. Terrible App selection at launch...bad planning, Palm
    16. No hard favorites button
    17. Only 4 spots on the favorites bar on desktop...waste of real estate. Yes I know, we'll be able to BUY an app for this I'm sure.
    18. For locking, can only set to have a pin or not to have a pin...so if you want to lock with a pin, you'll have to enter it even if phone's only been in standby for a SECOND. Should be able to select a time delay like on most other PDA's.
    19. For a phone that's supposed to compete with the I-phone, the media players are VERY bare-bones...can't even create a playlist on the phone.


    That's pretty much it...don't get me wrong though, I do like the phone overall, but there's a LOT of work to be done. I feel like they put it out thinking they'll just patch it up as they go over the summer, or get 3rd party App-makers to charge us for what should be standard out of the box :-/. I'll probably keep it...but if Apple released a version of the Iphone with a keyboad and multi-tasking, I'd realllly have to think about it. Actually...after looking at my list of cons, I know I probably SHOULD return it. This is an honest post from a Palm user for the past 3-4 years (650 and 800w)...but I'll give the software developers a shot to change my mind first I guess. :-(
    Palm Pre owner...for now, at least. :-p
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    Couple more likes:

    1) the ability to choose how you want the Pre to interact with your computer after connecting it via USB is handy....especially the "Just Charge" function.

    2) The minimized media player is also a good plus.
    Palm Pre owner...for now, at least. :-p
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    ^^ I don't know why phone manufacturers think less buttons is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c4sper View Post
    con: lack of video player on browser how am i supposed to watch my pr0n videos?
    What! That's the deal breaker for me. At least I can watch porn while holding and operating my Treo Pro in my left hand.

    Seriously, can you web surf with one hand on the Pre? Is resizing webpages with one hand a problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agibbs996 View Post
    Seriously, can you web surf with one hand on the Pre? Is resizing webpages with one hand a problem?
    Just tired it. I was able to do it by holding the pre with my pinky, ring, and middle while stretching the page with my pointer and thumb.
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    Right, plus you can double click on the part of the page you want to focus on and it will auto zoom in and out.
    Palm Pre owner...for now, at least. :-p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulls729 View Post
    I really don't think lack of apps should be a con of the device, just an inconvenience, I mean it was just released and still trying to get up on its feet, the apps will come.
    I guess I should say its a con of the "experience" of the phone. Granted I LOVE the Pre and I know more apps will be coming, but the sheer amount of apps in the catalog should have been a little more beefed up, that's all I'm saying. I don't expect this to remain like this for long.
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    Actually I just thought of something...given the already realllly short battery life, maybe they made the conscious decision to have no standby-mode clock or status updates in order to conserve power? Why else wouldn't they at least have the clock remain showing, or have a better reminder system? I know sometimes improved software can increase battery usage...hopefully they'll think of something...I've never had to buy an extra battery for a device before, but this may be a first :-p

    [LIST=1][*]No message alert, service light, reminder, notifications, or clock or ANYTHING in standby mode. It's like a lifeless black pebble...you have to keep checking to see if you missed anything.
    Palm Pre owner...for now, at least. :-p

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