From Mobile Syrup: Bell Palm Pre Review Parts #3, #2 & #1
Battery Life and Touchstone
By Ian Hardy ⋅ August 23, 2009

The Palm Pre is fun. Easily switching between applications has gotten a bit more exciting! You can tell Palm has thought about how the user would actually want to interact and experience a device. Switching back and forth between an iPhone and a Pre, I found myself doing the “guesture area” action of the Pre with the home button area of the iPhone.

Depending on how many applications you have running at the same time will be an indicator of how long your battery life will be. I’ve been using this for the past few days getting my e-mail, calendar, messaging, surfing the web, using the camera, sharing my photos, using Google Maps, getting/using apps, watching YouTube videos… and it drains a great deal faster than similar devices we’ve reviewed. I had to remember that the Pre uses the web to continually do real-time updates.

To help you get the most out of your battery you can change the settings of your e-mail to check every 5-10 minutes rather than every minute. Even your IM settings, change it to Busy or Offline when your not available. To charge the Pre you can use the microUSB that’s given to you when you buy it. Or you can get the Palm Touchstone. An accessory that uses “inductive technology” that somehow charges your Pre wirelessly. I don’t know how this works as I’m not a science guy, but all I now is that it works well.

The Touchstone has a sticky bottom to which Palm also designed from scratch. They mimicked the feet of a Gecco and how it can climb anywhere. The same is with the Touchstone as this can literally be placed anywhere and keep it’s position.

Once it’s plugged into the wall you put the microUSD into the Touchstone. You’ll also get a new backing for the Pre, one that has a matte feel and look to it. You’ll see there are magnets inside the new backing that make it possible for the Pre and the Touchstone to essentially speak to each other. By placing your Pre on the Touchstone (Palm logo to Palm logo) you activate the charging to start. This can be done in portrait or landscape mode and still give you the ability to use the Pre and all it features.

The Touchstone basically saves you a step in the “charging your device” process. You only will need to plug it in once and then charge and go. This will help you keep your battery at full power. But ease and convenience will have a price to it… this accessory will cost you a bit more money – from what we hear Bell is going to retail this for $79.95.

Bell Palm Pre Video – Part 2
By Ian Hardy ⋅ August 20, 2009 ⋅ Post a comment
Using the Palm Pre gets easier as the days go by. I mean it’s really simple to start with but as with everything you do over and over again the tasks get more intuitive.

With the Pre’s 3.1 inch touchscreen (320×480 resolution) you’ll find it’s responsive and very sensitive. Whenever you put your thumb or fingers on the screen itself it responds to you with a watermark ripple effect that lets you know exactly where you are hitting on the screen. This has helped me get more familiar with using the touchscreen to its fullest capability, and also save a bit of time and frustration.

The “gesture area” is bar far one of the coolest features of the Pre. This is located below the touchscreen and on either side of the center button. When you touch anywhere in the area a white light appears to let you know an action has been preformed. There are a few functions of the gesture area: swiping up can bring up your quick launcher, open and close the launcher or any application you have active. Swiping left can take you back to the previous action and also swiping left to right can switch between application (cards) that are running.

In this video we checked out many features such as YouTube, photos, Downloaded app from the App Catalog, Google Maps, Universal Search, Memo, Cut Copy and Paste etc… Check it out below. We’ll be doing another review with the messaging features (IM, e-mail, text) plus the calendar and contacts.

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Bell Palm Pre Video – Part 1
By Ian Hardy ⋅ August 16, 2009 ⋅ Post a comment
We got hold of the Palm Pre and have been playing with it over the past day or so… even though our first video was highly recommended to be “removed”, we think another quick peak at the Pre would be of great interest to fellow Canadians.

This Pre will be released on August 27th through Bell and is one of the most anticipated devices this year.As Canada is the second country in the world to launch the Pre, I’m honestly just getting to understand Palm’s new webOS platform as it’s a new operating system (will follow up with a full review soon). The design of the Pre is actually unavoidable. It catches your eye and you’re simply drawn to want to hold it, better yet experience it.

The round edges, smooth lines and vibrant 3.1 inch touchscreen is so far ahead of other Palm devices. It actually makes them look like another manufacturer… however, you’ll notice that there is one staple. The keyboard – it’s similar to the Treo Pro or Centro and will take some getting used to, especially if your fingers and thumbs are bigger.

You’ll see in the video that we play around with the touchscreen, use the gesture features and can easily run several applications at the same time, and switch between them. We’ll post more videos soon… gotta get back to understand what it’s full capability is and playing with this gem.

By the way.. on the Sprint version in the States you’ll see a Sprint logo on the back of the device when you slide it open, there is absolutely no Bell branding on this version.