Review: Palm Pre Part 2 Software

Palm Pre smartphone
The latest generation Palm Pre is here!

Environics CommunicationsPalm Discovery would like to extend a BIG THANKS to Sarah McConnell and Amy Clark of Environics Communications for providing the product for this review.

Welcome back to Part 2 of a 5 part review of the Palm Pre smartphone! We will be taking a closer look at the underlying software and the next generation Palm Web OS platform. The platform is fully capable supporting multitasking. You can run several applications at once and they are displayed on the device as “cards” (when minimized) which you can navigate around with your fingers. Drag the cards around to manage them in the order you wish. Flick your fingers in either left or right to move the cards. Flick your finger upwards and you’ll see the card move upwards and the application is “closed”. It’s very cool. Similar to the gestures on the iPhone, you can zoom in or out with your fingers by pinching in or out plus other actions. It’s a lot of fun. Plus, you can easily slide out the keyboard to input text rather than dealing with a virtual keyboard. But why take my word for it? Check out these videos I’ve made going through the built-in applications of the Palm Pre! Ready? Let’s go!

Product Video

Palm Pre video review Part 1 at YouTube

Palm Pre video review Part 2 at YouTube

Palm Pre video review Part 3 at YouTube

Palm Pre video review Part 4 at YouTube

Video of the built-in music player and display comparison in direct sunlight

Palm Pre built-in music player and display in direct sunlight

Palm Pre smartphone hard reset demonstration

Palm Pre hard reset video demonstration at YouTube

As you can see, the Palm Pre looks very intriguing offering the best of both worlds: a full 3.1 inch touchscreen plus a slide out keyboard for text input when needed.

This concludes part 2 of a 5 part review of the Palm Pre smartphone. Part 3 will cover the camera with a comparison of the pictures taken by the Palm Pre, Nokia E71 and Treo 750. Check out Part 1 which provided an overview of the Palm Pre smartphone. Part 4 will cover my observations of features I liked and did not like about the Palm Pre. Part 5 will conclude the series with my final thoughts.

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