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TouchstoneThe first full day of owning a Pre was pretty nice.  It was a little frustrating too.  My phone charged well overnight on the Touchstone.

Touchstone is a sweet charging system that Palm developed.  It uses the standard USB charger that plugs into a AC/USB converter into the wall.  Then instead of plugging into the phone you plug into the “stone”.  The stone allows you to lay your phone (with a special  magnetized back) onto it to charge.  It is supposed to find the sweet spot which allows it to charge wirelessly.

While on the touchstone the screen displays a digital clock.  Like I said, my phone charged well overnight and was fully charged as I headed to work.  I usually stream The Current on my laptop, but I think the evil IT people finally blocked it.  No worries I have my new phone with Pandora and Sprint Radio which features a few local radio stations.  So I streamed music over Sprint’s high speed network and it sounded good and worked well.  It also sucks your battery life.

I finally shut it off so I would have a battery left.  I made a phone call on the way home and arrived in time to get it on the Touchstone before it died.  It is sweet when you set it on the Touchstone it automatically switches to speakerphone for you.  The call ended and I assumed everything was great.  I went in later and realized that my phone had died and was turned off.

I couldn’t get it to turn back on, even though it showed the charging symbol.  Ok, it might take a little bit to get the energy to turn on.  Nope, 20 minutes later nothing had changed.  It had frozen in the battery charging symbol.  I used Palm’s reset directions to no avail.  So I did what the Sprint guy said not to do – took out the battery.  I had never had to do this with my Centro, so it was a little disappointing.  But after doing that everything worked well.

Another minor frustration today was with the contact lists.  The Pre syncs to my gmail contact list which I spent a few hours cleaning up over the weekend.  However it automatically merges contacts with similar information.  I went to text one of my sisters and couldn’t find her name.  I discovered the culprit.  One of her e-mail addresses was listed in both her name and my dad’s.  So the Pre merged the two together.  So I fixed it in gmail by deleting her old e-mail address.  Still didn’t change on the Pre.

But I found a way to unlink profiles on the phone.  And now that works well. In contacts it showed a little number 2 next to my dad’s name (where the picture should be) so I touched (clicked) it and that showed the two accounts that were linked.  Then I touched her name and was given the option to “unlink this profile” it worked magically!

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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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