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Excitement continues over the Palm Pre at CES. While many people appear to be leaving the show early on day one, those that remain are still talking about the Pre. Palm generously invited us to their VIP Lounge for a closer look, so we’re sharing the […]

Palm Pre

Excitement continues over the Palm Pre at CES. While many people appear to be leaving the show early on day one, those that remain are still talking about the Pre. Palm generously invited us to their VIP Lounge for a closer look, so we’re sharing the portfolio of pictures. Unfortunately, like many areas of CES, the lighting is sub-par, so bear with us as we gave it our best effort. We’ll be sharing some thoughts later. For now, be sure to check the pics of the charger. The back of it is semi-adhesive so you can stick it on something and the Pre will then stick to it.

 

Here’s the quick run-down of specs we received from Palm as well. I think many of them will sound veeeeerrrrry familar in terms of the functionality:

  • High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320×480 resolution HVGA display
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
  • Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • High-performance, desktop-class web browser
  • Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth(R) 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • 8GB of internal user storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
  • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D) [2.35 inches (W) x 3.96 inches (L, closed) x 0.67 inches (D)]
  • Weight: ~135 grams [4.76 ounces]
  1. Can you tether?

    That is, can it play the role of the Cradlepoint router I just got, and the Sprint EVDO modem plugged into it?

    Are they going to be as locked down as Apple is with the iPhone?

    When and how can I get one to play with?

    This morning I couldn’t imagine why anyone would even go to a Palm press conference, and now I’m on the edge of wanting one of these to try. I’m ready to get off my iPhone, I’m sick of the locked up mentality. If this thing pairs nicely with a netbook, I might just switch to it for a year or so.

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  2. Dave, it’s too early to answer all of your questions but here’s what I know so far. Tethering, maybe. Locked down- definitely not. All the apps are written in CSS, HTML and JavaScript. They want tens of thousands of apps written which is good. I doubt you can get one until it’s released “first 1/2 of this year”.

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  3. At palm.com it mentions Bluetooth tethering but not USB.

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  4. Sorry, what sounds “veeeeerrrrry familar”? You’re thinking this is extremely familiar to the iPhone? Did you even read your post? Full Bluetooh (including stereo, which no one but Apple takes out), removable battery, gestures, microusb, expandable storage.

    Must be sleep deprivation, right?

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  5. Sorry, when I saw around a dozen or more comparable features to the iPhone in the list, I thought there was some similarity. My bad. Of course there are different (and better!) features as well. I’m not saying that it’s bad that the Pre shares features found in the iPhone. They’ve taken the very best and added, as you pointed out.

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  6. Finally – screen shots of apps and just the specs. JUST what I was looking for. Thanks for this!

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  7. It’s very iPhone like. It’s better to compare it to the iPhone than to the Treo. Since you can’t run any PalmOS app on it.

    At the OS level it works like the Android; at the App/Browser level is very iPhone like.

    What I don’t understand are these:

    * Palm finally has advantage in miniaturizaton over the competitions?!

    * After two fail attempts and countless lackluster in-house apps (where they usually prefer to license good 3rd party apps). Palm make a very competent software revision?!

    * Palm is using more standard ports and offering more features than HTC phones, what?!

    This is not the Palm I know.

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  8. The Pre looks really awesome. I was really psyched the whole way through the keynote, and then they called the Sprint CEO onto the stage, which is when I started swearing. Even if it was AT&T, somebody would have unlocked one at some point and sold it. CDMA is just…fail.

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  9. I happy that Palm has finally come out of its coma and decided to get in the game. From what I have read/seen the Pre just brings them up to 2009, and not forward of or ahead of the pack ( iPhone, Android ).

    Ryan Block may have said it best;

    “I don’t think the Pre is a game changer, but it’s definitely a Palm changer.”

    Lacking is an eco system built around a viable “social object” ( iTunes music and App store ) that’s in the hands of non-geeks. Not that Palm couldn’t create one, but without it, the Pre will never succeed in the way Palm and its share holders hope.

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  10. Yey, palm did a significant update of their six year old OS.
    Hopefully Microsoft will do what it has always done in the past when it comes to mobile devices and follow Palms example.

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  11. This beauty looks amazing.
    The user interface is great – check a video of it in here:
    http://mobilespoon.blogspot.com/2009/01/palm-webos-user-interface-video.html

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  12. Perhaps the most important question I have yet to see answered is whether they’re supporting native third-party apps. They mention web languages for development. Their disclaimer on running multiple apps and always-active apps refers to “third-party web applications”. The name of the OS is “webOS.” So are we only looking at widgets and web apps for third-party software?

    While I personally see nothing wrong with web apps, I recall there was quite an uproar when Apple initally limited app development on the iPhone to web apps. Now Palm is rolling out an OS that appears limited to web apps? If they’re just focused on web apps, not limiting development to them, they could have a winner. But there’s no hint of that in their press release.

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  13. @tino: Sometimes only when an individual or group is at the brink will they make a dramatic change. We’ll see if this is good enough.

    As for not running Palm OS apps, I don’t know; if you can run Palm OS apps on Windows Mobile through an emulator, I’d be kinda surprised if they didn’t have even a little backwards compatibility while they waited developers to make new software.

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  14. @Sumocat: They’re using Web 2.0 languages for native apps (not just server-side): HTML/CSS for rendering, JavaScript for programming. I’ve heard conflicting coverage about Palm’s plans for kernel-level access, but it sounds like they’re going to require non-managed code to be signed by Palm and distributed through an app store.

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  15. @Andre: That’s not good news for them. Programming via JavaScript was one of the specific complaints against Apple’s web app proposal. While it is very versatile, JavaScript is still a scripting language, which means it is quite limited compared to a full programming language. What you’ve described leads me to believe webOS is a widget engine and third-party native apps are limited to widgets. That opens them to the same complaints that hit Apple.

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  16. The Palm Pre is a lot smaller than I initially thought it would be. A good size comparison would be an iPod classic with a big hard drive. In terms of thickness, it’s definitely not as thin as the iPhone, or even the bold, but it’s an acceptable size considering it’s a slider.

    talk some more here http://www.PalmPreForum.org see ya

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  17. I am sold on the phone from what i have seen only thing that is important at this point is the quality of calls far as drops. I know this will be one of the hottest selling phones far more superior to the i-phone and not as bulky.

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  18. This might just finally beat the iphone, especially since it has comparable speces and a keyboard. Head to head vs the iphone: http://clashem.com/phones.php?id1=2&id2=1148

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  19. Still not enough to get me to go back to Sprint. I hated their customer service. I’ll never go back to Sprint.

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