Over the years, I’ve used BlackBerrys and Treos (using Palm’s
earlier OS and now Windows Mobile operating system). When choosing a
mobile phone, which for many of you is more than just a phone but is an
“out of office” computing device, there are three things to keep in
The hardware you choose – BlackBerry, Treo, Nokia, Samsung, etc. Flipphone vs Clamshell vs Open face (like the iPhone), etc.
The applications running on the device and how they work together.
These three things are critical in determining how smooth your mobile computing experience will be.
Let’s have a look at Palm’s Pre, which costs $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
First of all the Pre is smart:
“The Pre’s dynamic ‘activity cards’ approach to handling and
navigating multiple applications is a great advance, but the core
breakthrough is the integration of information across multiple
applications on and off the phone,” said Andy Castonguay, director of
Mobile & Access Devices Research, Yankee Group. “With social
networking and messaging being so important to consumers, the device’s
new ‘Palm Synergy’ functionality – which gives Pre the ability to
automatically pull friends’ contact details, messaging addresses and
personal calendars from different applications online and on the phone
– will greatly simplify people’s ability to communicate with their
friends and colleagues the way they want.”
The Pre has an advanced interface:
Palm webOS lets you keep multiple activities open and move easily
between them like flipping through a deck of cards. You can move back
and forth between text messaging and e-mail, or search the web while
you listen to music. You can rearrange items simply by dragging them,
and when you are done with something, just throw it away by flicking it
off the top of the screen.
However, I’m not sure how usable or useful this feature will be on the small screen of a smartphone.
Even the charging is an “experience:”
Pre comes with a charger in the box, but for anyone tired of
plugging a cord into their wireless phone, Palm introduces the
Touchstone™ charging dock, the first inductive charging solution for
phones, available exclusively for Pre. Simply set Pre down on top of
the dock without worrying about connection, orientation or fit.
I’ve been using Windows Mobile for some time, on a Tree and have
been trying out the BlackBerry Storm for several weeks now. I’m quite
willing to consider a Pre as well.
Find out more information here – www.sprint.com/palmpre.