Here’s an interesting tidbit I didn’t know about Palm’s Pre: The device can sync with multiple Microsoft Exchange accounts using ActiveSync. I haven’t used a Windows Mobile device in nearly two years, but unless I’m mistaken, not even those devices support multiple Exchange accounts. I know you’ll correct me if I’m wrong on that one, so don’t be shy. ;) I know that Apple’s iPhone only supports one Exchange account and Google’s Android platform doesn’t support it natively at all if the handset is branded “with Google.”
That’s been a pain for me, but not because I use Exchange. I used to have a hosted Exchange account, and it was awesome, but I dumped the cost of it when I went to Google’s Gmail. So why was this constraint a pain? Companies like Palm, Google and Apple all license Microsoft’s ActiveSync technology, and they use it to synchronize data like contacts and calendar items. Apple offers an Exchange configuration on its devices, and I’ve used Google Sync on other handsets. Since I have two mail accounts, one personal and one work, and therefore two distinct sets of data, I could really use a device that supports two Exchange accounts. Up to now, I’ve had to consolidate my contacts into one account, which isn’t ideal and I’m sharing calendars between two accounts — again, a less-than-perfect solution.
There’s actually plenty more info on the Pre from internal Sprint docs over at PreCentral. I reviewed the 23-page slide deck yesterday when I saw the multiple Exchange account support. It also appears that DataViz Documents To Go will be installed in ROM for viewing Microsoft Office docs, and Sprint SERO plans can’t be used with the Pre. Thanks Manu!