So I gave in to buying a Palm Pre this past week, I have been playing with it for the past few days and today I have finally decided it is going back. Actually both are going back, I purchased one for my wife as well. I let her play with my activated Palm Pre and besides the beautiful screen and multitasking which are both top notch, cutting edge, awesome! My wife was unimpressed.
Here is what I find disappointing…
Only 58 Apps are available as of today, seems like they don't have a big developer pool the way the iPhone has. This alone would have stopped me from even buying/ordering the 2 Palm Pre's. I have been using a Palm based phone since my Qualcomm Kyocera which was a huge brick with a black and white screen but cutting edge for 2000.
The other big disappointment I found in the Palm Pre is that there is no Palm Desktop… another deal breaker if I would have known. Without the Palm desktop it was a pain in the arse to import my contacts. I had to use a 3rd party app to do it and it only imported my contacts, not my notes or schedules. What the heck was Palm thinking? Especially if your dependent on desktop apps like ACT or Outlook? That was also a big deal breaker and again, if I would have known, I'm sure I would have never bothered.
My last HUGE annoyance with the Palm Pre is the missing SD slot, there is no micro SD slot which event the little Palm Centro has. What the heck! It's not like the Palm Pre comes with oodles of disk space, when I compare it to a comparable iPhone, the iPhone comes in at 16gb, according to Palm they didn't include a SD slot because it would not follow with the form factor they were going for. I guess they weren't thinking about usability and were caught up in looks… what a waste.
The webOS is a bit sluggish by the way so for all it's worth the old Palm OS still delivers. While the webOS is full of eye candy and the Palm Pre screen blows away iPhone screens, that's just not enough. I require functionality in my PDA phone, that's why I'm sending the 2 Palm Pre's back to Sprint and reactivating my trust Palm 755p.
Here's a few more gripes that are based on the way I use my phone and how it compares to the Palm Pre.
I tend to watch lots of mp4 and Avi videos of seminars and training on my phone. It's a great way to take advantage of down time, especially when you have a large training program or recording of a live event like Underground or CPA TSunami. I use Coreplayer (it allows you to increase the speed of play back which cuts down on listening time- more info, less time) to watch or absorb most of the content via my phone. I usually carry an extra 4GB SD card with me which holds 20-30 hours or training material once converted to mp4. That said, I'll go shopping or errand running while listening to this material, it's a tremendous way to integrate. I'll make note of any videos that refer to charts and powerpoint presentations but most of the time I find listening and occasionally looking at the screen when they drive a point is enough.
Today I was with my son at the park and a perfect instance of how I use my Palm 755p came up. My 8yr old wanted to play with some other kids on the jungle gym so I just ended up sitting on a bench. Because of didn't load anything on my Palm Pre I ended up exploring the Sprint TV, turns out they give you some access to some shows but overall any good content is an extra charge. If I was using my Palm Pre I could have listened to the event and turned off the screen using a Palm hack or watched the event if I wanted.
The functionality that my Palm 755p has blows away anything I have seen out there, I have a fax app so that I can send and receive faxes. I have Resco Explorer that allows me to access the disk space on the phone as well as the SD card and also access my FTP. That means I can make small edits to websites right from my cellphone… I'd love to see the iPhone do that!
Of course I can tether my 755p cell via USB to my laptop and access the web, this occasionally comes in hand and is always nice to have. Mind you the Palm Pre has a hack that allows you to turn it into an access point. It can also be tethered via USB.
So anyways, Palm Pre is going back after this holiday weekend, I was holding off on getting one then got inspired to take the plunge but I'm not a happy camper.
If Palm comes up with a new version that has an SD port, huge assortment of apps and a longer battery life ( I didn't mention, the battery drains quickly unless you set the screen to the dimmest setting which is still bright) and it has a desktop software, they may not lose this Palm fan to the iPhone.
The iPhone should be coming to other carriers soon and if Sprint offers it I may have to take the plunge and get one. My Palm 755p is old school but it delivers big time and has a proven platform. Did I mention the Palm Pre can run the old school Palm OS apps by using an emulator? That's kinda cool but you have to buy the app, if Palm would have integrated the app so that it's Palm users can keep all their favorite apps that would have been a better way to go but at least some apps will be supported.
Hope this gives you some insight into your decision to get a Palm Pre, I have been a long time fan of the Palm but it seems things have changed, and not for the better.