Palm Pre Plus

  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 22, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    Anyone have this through Verizon? Was thinking about the Droid earlier this year but the operating system seems a little bit clunky compared to my iTouch. My manager bought a Droid and it was so confusing to her she had to return it.
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    Feb 22, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    It's down to the OS... and now is a bad time to buy a Smartphone, especially on Verizon.

    WebOS (which runs on the Palm Pre Plus) will be getting updated in the next month to software version 1.4. Wait for that update and read reviews on the update to see if the Pre is what you want. It will mainly be added features that the other platforms have such as video recording.

    The reason it's a bad time to buy is due to the moves Apple, Microsoft, and Google will be making soon.

    Apple should be showing off their next generation OS in the next month or so. If the rumors are true, it will be a complete overhaul of the interface. Also, it will mark the 3-year period, which many believe is the end of ATT's chokehold on the iPhone.

    Google is finally trickling multitouch into their phones, making them a lot easier to use. Android is the most powerful platform on Verizon, and that is what the Droid runs. However, the NexusOne (which is designed by Google) will be on Verizon soon. Check out google.com/phone to find out when.

    Finally, Microsoft just showed off Windows Phone 7 Series and wowed everybody. Phones running this OS will not ship until the fall though.

    The best bet for verizon is to wait and get the NexusOne. If it's not urgent at all though, hold off to see what Apple does and seriously considering waiting for Windows Phone 7.

    I have had the opportunity to use WebOS, iPhone OS, and Android OS on a daily basis through some engineering programs I am in. I prefer the iPhone OS for usability, but the Android OS is the most powerful. Today, I would recommend an Android powered device if you want to stick with Verizon. Be it the Droid or wait for the NexusOne.
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    Feb 23, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    I dunno man.. If you're going to be using the ipod touch as the basis for comparison, then you will be very disappointed with all the phones out there. You might as well jump ship to ATT and get an iphone.

    You can always buy the Palm Pre Plus and see if you like it. And return it if you don't. ATT has a 30 day return policy + restocking fee. I'm sure Verizon has a similar policy.
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    Feb 23, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
    xrichx is correct, Verizon also has the 30 day policy.

    My hubby just got the Pre Plus and it's pretty sweet. It's much smaller than an iPhone, which could be a plus or minus, depending on your preferences. I like the shape and feel of it, and the limited time I played with WebOS was great (multitasking is wonderful) and the screen and gesture area are really smart.

    Droid just seems a little too unpolished for me, and the keyboard gets iffy reviews. The Pre Plus keyboard is also getting mixed reviews, based on how big your fingers are.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 23, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, very informative information. I did buy the Palm Pre Plus and to me it is the most intuitive OS on this type of device sans iPhone.

    AJmadcity, It is never a good time to buy a phone anymore, lol. There is always something coming out that is faster, more powerful, outrageous, etc. Between Droid and WebOS it is all a matter of taste. At one time I was thrilled something like the droid was coming to verizon, but having used it(my boss's) I just thought again, the OS was rather clunky and unpolished. It gets that type of review by a lot of users. If the qwerty keyboard on the droid was actually decent then I might have considered it. Seriously, just the fact that they made the effort to have a large expansive qwerty keyboard and then eff it up with using just a layer of rubberized keys is somewhat boneheaded and reeks of being just a cheap cost-cutting idea.

    The little qwerty keyboard on the Palm Pre Plus is useable and functional. I never spell a word incorrectly, but then again, I can't really type too fast because of the small dimension of the board.

    Oh, and I can't use AT&T so the iPhone for now is out of the question. AT&T coverage in this area is almost non existent.
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    Feb 23, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    It's never a good time to buy any piece of electronics anymore really. WebOS 1.4 comes out on Thursday. You'll be getting a few features iPhone users really wished they had (Adobe Flash). I has an iPhone and am stuck with AT&T, but I really hope Verizon strikes a deal with Apple.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 23, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    I'm hopeful the update will actually hit on the 25th. I'm looking forward to the updated video features and adobe flash. I wonder if the camera will get a time delay feature.
  • owen19832006

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    Feb 23, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    i have the palm pre but the battery life is horrendous!! it doesnt give you not even 24hr battery life its crap
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    owen19832006 saidi have the palm pre but the battery life is horrendous!! it doesnt give you not even 24hr battery life its crap


    I have a Palm Pre also and find the battery life fine when you turn off the wifi. I do need to recharge it every night.
    You can always purchase a longer life battery. I love my Palm Pre and image the PPP to be much better.

    Multi-tasking is great!!!
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    Feb 23, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    owen19832006 saidi have the palm pre but the battery life is horrendous!! it doesnt give you not even 24hr battery life its crap


    The update on Thursday is suppose to offer battery saving abilities similar to those on the iPhone. The iPhone will automatically switch traffic to the radio that uses the least amount of power (EDGE) when it is idle. The WebOS devices currently stay connected to the fastest available connection, which eats power.

    If the WebOS camera app doesn't have a timer or delay features I'm sure a developer will create one and put it in the App Store.

    How is multi-tasking on the Pre? I never got in depth with it. I have multi-tasked with a hacked iPhone 3G and 3GS. On the 3G is was horribly unstable, but the 3GS can do it without a hiccup. I really hope the iPhone/iPad gains multi-tasking abilities this year.

    If it doesn't, it won't be a bad thing though. Android's ability to multi-task is going to be determined on a per-model basis, and Windows Phone 7 Series will follow what the iPhone currently can do (with "live tiles" instead of push notifications).