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Spending time with the new Palm phones have given me a renewed appreciation of webOS, and the way the phones multitask so well. The phones multitask very well, making it desirable to have good apps installed. Here are my 5 must-have apps for Palm phones.

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Spending time with the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus have given me a renewed appreciation of webOS, and the way the phones multitask so well. This makes it a breeze to run multiple apps at the same time, and there are quite a few good ones available in the App Catalog. The list that follows is my take on the five apps that Palm phone owners should consider. They are not all free, but I find most apps in the App Catalog are reasonably priced.

1. PhotoDialer. Smartphones should be first and foremost good phones — that should be the primary function, right? PhotoDialer is an app that leverages the good phone capability of the Palm phones by providing a screen with the owner’s most-called contacts presented in a nice grid. The contacts are represented by photos that make it easier to spot quickly. Each contact’s photo has an icon to indicate if tapping that photo will dial the contact’s mobile phone, office number or home number. You can have multiple instances of a contact with different numbers if desired. $1.99.

2. Pandora. Pandora is one of those audio services that you can’t live without once you find it. The unique technology that can serve a playlist of music similar to the music you like is very good. The Pandora app in the App Catalog presents a good interface for playing the music, and with the excellent multitasking on webOS it can play in the background while you do other things. Free.

3. Twee. It seems everyone is playing on Twitter and a good phone client makes the experience the best. Twee is a webOS client that has all of the features you want presented in a pleasant interface. Twee comes in two versions. Twee Free is nearly full-featured but lacks support for lists and a few other functions of the paid version. $2.99.

4. Klondike Solitaire. The Windows OS got most of us playing Solitaire, and a good mobile version can help pass the time away when there is nothing else to do. Klondike Solitaire is a complete implementation of the game we all know, and plays very nicely with touch on the Palm phones. $1.99.

5. gDial Pro. Google Voice is a wonderful service that only comes into its own when used on a phone with a good client app. The gDial Pro is definitely a good client, one of the best on any smartphone platform. The program integrates all of the functionality of Google Voice into the phone’s operation to make it a seamless experience. The program is amazing given all the features incorporated under the hood. Free.

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  1. I’d swap you out any one of these for pReader, the free ebook reader that can handle plain text, html, MobiPocket, eReader (both with DRM), and PalmDoc. Written by someone who’d had a ton of Palm-based books, every update of this has been excellent, and it’s free.

  2. I have a palm pre, its a shame that this is the top 5 must have apps. Such a great UI, hampered by a lack of apps that work for me…

  3. I agree. The UI is awesome . The apps are adequate for me.

  4. I’d say skip the webOS Twitter clients and stick with mobile.twitter.com for now. Also, Slacker’s app is now available on webOS and I prefer the service over Pandora – in fact, I just paid for the upgraded subscription ($48/yr) to wipe out commercials/ads and give me unlimited song skips.

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