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Review: Palm Pre

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Top message:  50/50 now by sofa_king_good21   Jun 4, 2009, 7:39 AM

Replying to:  Re: 50/50 now by Evil_J   Jun 5, 2009, 3:53 PM

Re: 50/50 now

by Balboa    Jun 7, 2009, 11:02 AM

I've been playing around with this phone for several weeks now (I'm one of the lucky ones) and I completely disagree with many aspects of this review. I know there have already been discussions on the cards, but I find them quite useful in real world applications- they allow you to very quickly switch between applications such as different web pages, your SMS messaging, composing an e-mail, etc. This makes is very efficient for copying and pasting text, referencing data, etc. without having to close down your e-mail and reopen a saved draft. Of course there's always the Pandora and other media benefit that was referenced before as well. The more you use the cards, the more benefits you'll discover.

As far as the inconsistency of the touchscreen- user error, plain and simple. The screen is skin sensitive, which means it will not work well with a stylus or a FINGERNAIL. So keep 'em short boys and girls, or learn to adapt your "touch" style and only use your fingertip. It's 100% accurate and very responsive- one of the best I've used.

The keyboard is relatively small, but as Eric said in the review, the rubbery texture and well-spaced keys make it easy for even the fat-fingered to type quickly after a few days of getting used to it.

Eric also didn't go into one of the most efficient features of the phone, imo. From any screen you can simply just start typing the name of whatever you're searching for (be it a contact, an application, or a web search). The phone will continually narrow down your search as you type more of the name and it will display all of the items that match your search criteria. If your search doesn't match up with anything in the phone (contact, app, etc) then it will give you the option to search in Google, Google maps, Wikipedia, or twitter just by tapping one button. This means you never even have to open up your browser, contact list, or anything really. Just type and you shall receive. It may not sound that cool on paper, but when you use it it makes navigation and web searches super easy.

Oh yeah, and the streaming video is absolutely amazing- check out you tube or hulu and it'll blow your mind. It looks like a 3" HD TV. I've never seen a faster stream to a phone- no pixels, no pausing or freezing, just perfect picture...amazing.

As far as the lack of Video and Voice Dialing, Palm has already announced plans for a software update that will resolve this within the next few months...so chill out everyone- you'll have to hold off on filming your own personal amateur porn for a while...you'll survive.

In all, I think Eric did a relatively poor job on his evaluation. He made a pretty significant effort to poke holes in anything he could find (I guess that's part of the job, fine), but did not elaborate (or even mention) many of the features that make this phone a leader in the industry. It is by far the most complete device on the market and Palm definitely chose the correct network to debut WebOS. I don't work for Palm or Sprint, but I say buy one. You won't be disappointed.

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