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gallery-pre-10I’ve been trying to use as much of the Palm Pre as I can to see how things react and work.  I am still very pleased with the phone (it would probably take quite a bit for me to be upset with it since I dropped some cash on it!).

One of the most exciting things, at least for me was that I helped Christy setup a Twitter account using the Pre.  I also got my Facebook vanity URL via the browser on my Pre.  It was fairly easy to do all of this.  I am still a HUGE fan of the slideout keyboard, however, to get the best view in the browser you need to flip it sideways, so you are going back and forth (horizontal  and vertical) to use the keyboard.  We setup her Tweed account and she was off a twittering. I like Tweed – it allows me to track both my personal account @crossn81 and @sewardchurch which has helped make the latter more interactive.  One problem I have with Tweed is that it will post a notification that @crossn81 has been mentioned, but when you tap the alert nothing happens.  A simple update should fix this.

I was able to easily livetweet this week’s message at the @sewardchurch account.  The Pre/Tweed interface made it slightly easier  to do so.

We used our laptops to finish getting her Facebook and Twitpic accounts fully mobile and she’s off and running! We discovered a small problem at this point.  Twitpic uses an e-mail based system to post pictures via your Twitter account.  Evidently Facebook only uses an MMS system but has an e-mail looking address (mobile@facebook.com). On my Centro I was able to send a picture to both Facebook and Twitpic from the same screen.  It now appears this isn’t possible.  Christy tried and got an error message. The Pre offers three sharing options for pictures – e-mail, MMS, and upload (to Facebook or Photobucket) currently.  So if you wanted to add the same picture to Twitter and Facebook you have to send it twice.  Hopefully they can work this out, because that is fairly annoying.

Keyboard

The keyboard is one of the bigger selling points of the Pre.  It is nice to have a slide-out keyboard instead of the touchscreen on the iPhone.  For me the keyboard adjustment has been pretty easy.  It is basically the same keyboard that was on my Centro – only a little bigger and with one significant change.  On the Centro the “0” key is the primary button on the bottom – so whenever you hit it you get the 0 but if you use the shift key then you get the “@” symbol.  On the Pre it is reversed.  So I’m still getting used to that change.  It is a standard QWERTY and I can type fairly well on it.  I do occasionally hit the “enter” key on accident and send a text or chat message a little early!  Sometime the top row of keys feels a little too close to the bottom of the phone, but I think it just takes some getting used to.

iPhone vs Pre

I’m sure this debate will continue to rage on and I’m not the best person to do a comparison, but a friend and I went back and forth through all the features we thought made our phone better.  They seem almost exactly alike except for screen size and keyboard.  The iPhone has a slightly larger screen until you try and use the keyboard.  With the iPhone’s keyboard up, the screen is basically half the size of my Pre screen.   We discovered that the Pre makes viewing a YouTube video clearer, although the iPhone may have slightly better sound quality.

This is getting fairly long, so  I will stop for now and keep updating randomly about the Pre. But one quick comment on the battery.  I’ve had to charge mine every night and sometimes in the evening when I get back from work.  Christy’s holds the charge slightly better, but I think that is because her sits in her purse most of the day while I’m using mine off and on throughout the day.  I also have AIM and GTalk  running in the background constantly which would slowly drain the battery of any phone.   Oddly enough Christy’s old phone a Sanyo 2300 is still showing a full charge after sitting in standby since Tuesday!   I forgot to mention in the initial post that they transferred all of Christy’s contact information to the Pre for her – mine was all in cyberspace already so it was a piece of cake.

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Palm PreI have been waiting with much anticipation for the new Palm Pre to be released.  This is the first gadget/toy/material object that I can recall waiting, watching, researching, and anticipating for months before its release.  You may recall (but most likely not) that the Pre was first announced in February.  It has been a long wait.

The Pre was released on Saturday, June 6.  Being the somewhat rational person I am, we didn’t make a rush to be waiting in line at a Sprint store for the announced limited quantities.  We did our thing in the morning and meandered out in the afternoon going to Best Buy first (they offered an instant rebate instead of mail-in) but they were sold out (and quite unhelpful and almost rude).  Grabbing lunch we realized there was a Sprint store and jumped in on the off chance they might have one.  Nope, but we got added to the wait list.  It should arrive mid-week.

On Sunday we went to watch a friend race a triathlon and on the way out passed a Sprint store in the middle of no where.  So we stopped in on the way home just to see if they had any.  Nope and the guy was extremely rude (it was an affiliate store and they hadn’t gotten any Pre’s yet).

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Undaunted we waited.   We got our phone calls mid-afternoon on Tuesday.  We had to do some things around the house and arrived at the Sprint store around 6.  Eager with anticipation we waited for the first available employee (who ended up being the store manager).  He carefully walked us through the whole process, explaining everything in detail.  Ultimately it took an hour and a half for the whole process.

Yes, that is a long time, but we walked away with a very good understanding of the basics of the new phone.  This was especially important for Christy, since this was her first endeavor into the smartphone realm!

So far everything is going as advertised with no issues.  We purchased the last touchstone in stock and a car charger.  He was quite helpful and made sure that we got all of the discounts (17% a month from Christy’s hospital) and phone credits that we were eligible for.

We played around on them, downloading the currently free applications for the phone such as Pandora, Where, Suduko, the weather station, and more.  It has a limited selection for now but will soon be expanding!

We quickly drained our batteries (about 25% charge out of the box) by playing around and charged them overnight.

No problems.

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