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Rich Brome

Jan 9, 2009, 10:38 AM

Ask us about the Pre!

We've tried it. What do you want to know?

We can get more hands-on time as well, so if we don't know, we'll try to find out.
Can we get an in-depth review of the internet browser, if i'm not mistaken, palm said the phone can open as many windows/tabs as we want without slowing down the phone. I am interested to see what you guys think, especially in comparison to other mobi...
whats the purpose of the usb mass storage mode
Hows the UI? It looks nice but how is the speed. And hows the browser? Doubt it has flash but compaired to android, apple and opera how does it stack up?
Hey Rich!
Great coverage of this stellar looking/sounding device! I'm very excited!

Any word on whether they're making it compatible with any of Sprint's services like NFL Live or Sprint TV, etc? Since the old Palm OS was compatible with these se...
This phone looks really good,and it only makes sense that this phone is going to sprint, ITS FROM PALM. in my opinion, they have a good connection between each other. But rich, my question is, does this phone have expandable memory? i know that its pa...
does it have haptic feedback or some type of notification when the screen is touched?
You mentioned the Pre havin multi-touch? I thought Apple has stringet patents on multi-touch.
Hi Rich,

Thanks for bringing us so much info on the Pre. I know you mentioned that the Pre would not support video out of the box but that it would probably do so down the road. Do you know if that will be something that can be done via a firmwar...
Hi Rich, on the palm centro you can get picture mail, what about in the palm pre
Two Questions:


Am I right to assume that the Pre is not compatible with applications made for other UI's?


Will the Pre work with older Palm OS based applications? Such as software from the Centro?
The only thing I think this artical was missing in my oppinion is the in depth information we get in a review where you've spent more time on the phone.
Do you have any indication of estimated battery life?
And on that note I'm assuming there is a ...
Will it have Visual Voicemail like the iPhone/Instinct?

Do you have to slide the device open to answer\talk on the phone? Once you dial can you hang up by closing it or can you continue to talk?

What if any support does it have for Microsoft Off...
Will the "out-of-the-box" Pre be able to sync with iCal and Address Book data on Macs running OS X? If so, will the sync software support OS X 10.4 Tiger and later?

I was wondering..normally Aim is very basic on previous palm handhelds along with Blackberry phones and all other normal flip phones. The sidekick is the only one that actually lets you customize away messages and icons, etc..is it going to be as adva...

Jan 9, 2009, 7:12 AM

what was Palm thinking

Not impressed with the Pre. No real WOW factor like the iphone plus it is on sprint. Nobody is leaving at&t or verizon for this phone.

My bet is this phone will be forgotten as quickly as the Instinct.
I've tried it. I think it has some real wow factor. The interface is very slick, and has some real innovative ideas.

Sprint has a temporary exclusive. Other carriers will have it soon after. (My guess is no more than six months.)
This is a perfect choice Sprint has recently been rated to have the best 3G network and plans. If Verizon were to get this device it would have half the Ram no GPS or WiFi. Also, to my understanding Palm is not making an American GSM version however...
I laughed when they said it was going to be exclusive to Sprint, no one clapped. ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿคฃ

Jan 11, 2009, 6:29 PM

palm pre. is it another over hiped pos?

is it really innovational or just another over hiped imatiotion of the iphone like the g1 and blackberry storm?
it is inovational, first things is wireless charging? tight.

Jan 9, 2009, 7:45 PM

pre and verizon??

is it likely verizon will carry this phone anytime in the future?

and if so do you think they will change anything up?
Sprint has a limited period of exclusivity. I think there's a decent chance Verizon will get it some time after that period expires.
There are articles floating around the Net which have Palm officials saying the only other planned version of the Pre will be the GSM Euro World-Ready version. They specifically say "second version released in foreign regions", Sprint has the America...

Jan 11, 2009, 2:57 AM

Coming to Alltel...?

Is there anything at CES this year slated to come to Alltel?

And does anyone know if Alltel now being owned by Verizon will help out us Alltel customers with more phones to choose from??

Any help with these questions is greatly appreciated. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚
um from what i understand i maybe wrong but there will be no more alltel phones you can keep your same plan and phone but if you want to upgrade u will have to goto a verizon phone and plan

sumone correct me if im wrong

Jan 8, 2009, 3:44 PM

Game on, baby! GAME ON!!!

Now THIS........is what I have been waiting for. Swearing by the Treo 755p and others of Palm Treo past, I simply CAN'T WAIT!!! Great job Palm!!!
I know, I'm so excited. I was so turned off by Palms never-changing archaic UI. I'm SO EXCITED to see how Sprint does with this phone! The fact that it's web/android based is so attractive. Like the G1 it sounds like it has a lot of room to expand on ...
Sam K

Jan 9, 2009, 11:52 AM

Any word about the CDMA Blackberry Pearl Flip (Kickstart)?


Verizon had the Blackberry Pearl 8130 on sale for $20 with a 2 year contract "while supplies last" so that gave me the impression that they might be clearing them out. Is the CDMA Blackberry Pearl Flip (i.e. Kickstart) coming out soon? Any stuff about it at CES? Thanks.

I didn't hear anything about it. It could be coming, but if so, they're being quiet about it.

Jan 9, 2009, 1:13 PM

8900 3G?

Since when?

The article mentions the obvious benefit of the 3G data speed, but since the first specs were released, the 8900 has been without 3G. Mistake or awesome surprise?
Im thinking mistake because all articles have it at Edge. They also dogged the phone in the review saying it feels cheap and mushy keys.
Hopefully this phone is going to sprint, THEY NEED A NEW PHONE LINEUP. i'm a current account holder of sprint. But i wouldn't know wheter to get the blackberry "niagara", palm pre', or the expected phone from samsung operating on android.
Sorry guys, it was a mistake.

Jan 8, 2009, 4:32 PM

no Pharos product???

didn't Pharos announced 137, which is the very first unlocked 3G phone with T-Mobile 3G?!
even engadgetmobile has pic with "H" and "T-Mobile" on the same phone screen
they did now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jan 10, 2009, 3:59 AM

No Samsung i627 (Blackjack Slider) photos?

It won a ces innovation award, one other sight has a photo of it?
one other *site has a sight of it

Jan 8, 2009, 2:23 PM

anything GSM-based?

So they make a new device for the slowly dieing cdma networks but no gsm/hsdpa equipment? If they do announce one what chance will it have AWS support? No tmo I bet since they haven't carried a palm since the treo 600 days.
looks like you got your answer. spring only. ๐Ÿคจ
Yes, there will absolutely be a GSM/WCDMA version of the new Palm. It will come as soon as Sprint's exclusivity period ends.

Jan 9, 2009, 6:35 AM

Keyboard and Size

Anyone know if the keyboard is the same size as the Centro? and is there a Touch screen landscape keyboard on it.

The keyboard on the centro is really small to me

Thank you

Yes, it's based on the Centro keyboard. It is on the small side, but the keys have a really nice domed shape that makes them easy to feel. They're a bit rubber-y, too. Using your fingernails seems to work best. Mine are incredibly short, and yet I was...

Jan 8, 2009, 3:27 PM


this phone is going to be the best of the best props to palm ๐Ÿ˜Ž
even the subject line explains a lot about palm users.
It really is.
Im replacing my centro as soon as it comes out.
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