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10 years ago

More Pre Eye Candy at Palm's Official Blog

More Pre Eye Candy at Palm's Official Blog

by Jennifer Chappell Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:52 am EST

Following a Twitter follower's request, The Official Palm Blog has posted some links to some more Palm Pre eye candy. I saw videos from Wired and Stuff.tv that I hadn't seen before.

There are also links to some very cute pics from I Can Has Cheezburger?. Dieter alerted me to that website last year and I just love seeing all those adorable cat photos! I love seeing the ones now with the Pre references. Above is one of the cute cat/Pre pics.

In the comments section below the Palm Blog's link post is a comment by our friend Evgeny over at the Palm WebOS Blog. Evgeny has posted a link to a fictional story he wrote about using the Palm Pre. I enjoyed reading the story and it just makes me want a Pre even more. Evgeny's story was mentioned on Palm's Twitter page recently.

 

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10 years ago

Palm Pre Screen Size Comparison

Palm Pre Screen Size Comparison

by Jason Robitaille Mon, 02 Feb 2009 10:07 am EST

Size comparison

With all the close-up videos of the Palm Pre and high resolution photos, it's easy to forget how small the device really is and how compact its screen is.  Previously we've seen the Pre compared to the its Palm brethren and the iPhone in device size, but never really delved into the screen size.

The Palm Pre is 3.1" and 320x480 pixels.  With that information in hand we can use a bit of algebra to calculate the Pre's physical screen size to be about 1.72x2.58 inches.

That may sound small on paper, but when loaded into Sizeasy's system and compared to competing devices like the iPhone, Blackberry Storm, HTC Touch Pro, and the good ol' Palm Centro, the Pre's screen looks quite good.  We're certain there's a few Centro users who will be happy to see how much bigger the Pre's physical screen is.

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10 years ago

PreCentral.net goes Mobile

PreCentral.net goes Mobile

by Dieter Bohn Sat, 31 Jan 2009 7:26 pm EST

What's that? Your non-Pre smartphone (yeah, we're still in that world too) doesn't have a great browser for full versions of sites?  Not to worry, we just managed to finish fixing up PreCentral.net's mobile version, which you can find at http://m.precentral.net.  You can log in, head over to the mobile Pre forums, make and read comments, even search.  Basically it's the whole shootin' match, just less filling.  Every mobile page will also have a link to switch you back to the full version of the site.

Big ups to Greg for kicking us in the pants this Saturday to just go ahead and release the durn thing!

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10 years ago

Palm Pre - Will Production Match the Demo?

Palm Pre - Will Production Match the Demo?

by Annie Latham Sat, 31 Jan 2009 5:42 pm EST

Last Saturday, David LaGesse, senior business writer for U.S.News & World Report and author of Dave's Downloads blog, offered his thoughts on the Palm Pre during an interview with WTOP radio.

LaGesse, true to his "simplifying technology into plain English" style of communication, took the angle of how the Pre name is approprate, since this device "tries to do the thinking for you" -- ahead of you.

He explained Palm's "stack of cards" approach which will enable you to sort of shuffle through tasks with out leaving them entirely.   This is something other smartphones can't do.  He remarked:

"If they can really pull it off as good as their demonstration, they may have a winner here."

You can listen to the entire 3 minute podcast here.

If you listen to the podcast, you will hear the interviewer is somewhat taken aback with the "if they can pull it off" comment.  It's clear that LaGesse is being cautiously optimistic. But that raises an interesting point -- we know that the demos we saw weren't using the actual production version of the Pre's webOS (mainly because there were all sorts of 'secret key combos' that were being used to initiate some of the demos).

Perhaps because we are pulling so much for the Pre to be a winner, we have actually been leaping to the conclusion that the production version will rock. In a way, LaGesse is bringing us all down to earth by helping to manage our expectations -- which is a good thing.

Case in point, remember all the pre-release buzz the BlackBerry Storm got?  Did you see the stories in the last few weeks?  Here's one example.

With that in mind, what do you think? Are you hoping for the Pre to merely match the demos, beat them, or are you taking the pessimist's route?

 

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10 years ago

Pre-order a Pre - Now, if you dare

Pre-order a Pre - Now, if you dare

by Derek Meyer Sat, 31 Jan 2009 12:10 am EST

Web retailer MobileCityOnline might be jumping the gun just a little bit here, but we'd be remiss if we didn't tell you that they have the Pre available for preordering now.  They list the retail price as $599 and their price for $399.  ETA is listed as unavailable; however, just the fact that it's listed at this point is a great indication that, yes, we might be seeing this sooner rather than later.

There doesn't seem to be any new information about the device except those listed prices -- well they do suggest that phone-as-modem tethering works, but honestly, we can't say if it MobileCityOnline is just trying to be ahead of the curve or if their "no ETA" pre-order is really worth a shot.

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10 years ago

David Pogue Wants a Pre

David Pogue Wants a Pre

by Dieter Bohn Fri, 30 Jan 2009 4:39 pm EST

 

We already knew from his January 14th Column that Tech Pundit extraordinaire David Pogue thought pretty highly of the Palm Pre.  Now through the magic of Twitter we discover that it's not just warm thoughts, it looks to be genuine desire.  Get this:

Lots asking: "Would you get a Pre over an iPhone?" In a heartbeat--if it weren't for the App Store. If Palm's app store shapes up, then YES!

Later in his feed Pogue even goes so far as to give the much-malinged Sprint network credit for being the best in his area.  But back to the above Twitter, if the only thing that the iPhone has over the Pre is the App Store, we think that Palm is sitting pretty.  We'll have to wait and see if we can get some really good games, but the mojo SDK is robust enough and so easy to develop for that we're expecting there should be plenty of quality apps on the Pre.

If the man who previously sang paeans to the iPhone is on the verge of switching to the Pre, we're thinking that Palm might have more than a few switchers on their hands.

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10 years ago

More Pre Features: Drag to Unlock, Spacebar for Snapping Pics

More Pre Features: Drag to Unlock, Spacebar for Snapping Pics

by Dieter Bohn Fri, 30 Jan 2009 3:17 pm EST

 

In our Pre forums, nlowhor posts up a link to the video above and yet again we see a couple of features we haven't spoken about on the site yet.  First up, the 'drag to unlock" feature that's actually an improvement over the iPhone's "slide to unlock" because instead of a horizontal slider, you have a circle that you can swipe out of in any direction.  In other words, much easier to do one-handed because it allows you to be less precise. 

The associated article at mobiledivide also points out another feature that Mike and I actually were hoping for in last night's podcast - namely, the ability to snap a photo with the spacebar instead of depending on the on-screen button.  On-screen buttons for snapping photos -- especially self portraits - can be a bit of a hassle, so it's great to see that Palm added this feature.

We're sure that there are probably dozens of subtle touches like these two throughout the entire device and OS and it's one of the reasons we're loving the Pre -- because Palm sweats the small stuff.

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10 years ago

Developer Spoke to Ars Technica About Palm's Mojo SDK

Developer Spoke to Ars Technica About Palm's Mojo SDK

by Jennifer Chappell Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:45 pm EST

Palm has said that the Mojo SDK is currently in private prerelease, but will be available later this year as a free download from the Palm Developer Network.  I'm sure there are many developers out there anxiously awaiting this free download so they can get to work and get a taste of Palm's Mojo.

I read an interesting Ars Technica article today that I'd previously missed. Seems that right after the Pre and WebOS announcement, Ars Technica got a chance to talk with a developer who has used the SDK for the Palm Pre. The developer seemed to feel positive on Palm's handling of the developer community and felt positive about the platform's future.

The developer didn't express positive thoughts regarding Apple's iPhone SDK though. He told Ars Technica that after exploring mobile development on Apple's iPhone SDK, he found a lot of their position towards their community to be "developer-hostile". Ars notes that's an obvious reference to Apple's insistence on enforcing a pointless NDA way past its expiration date, plus their strong hand in regulating what can and can't be developed for its platform. I've read several grumblings on other sites about Apple's policy for only allowing certain apps in their App Store.

Head over to Ars Technica and read their full article.

I'm so glad that Palm will be embracing the developer community with their Mojo SDK. I know that many people are worried about not being able to use their current Palm OS apps on Palm's future smartphones. Palm did say though that even though there will be no backwards compatibility out of the box with previous Palm OS software, "it could be possible with 3rd party work."

And I realize that many of the former Palm app developers turned elsewhere with the aging of Palm's current OS. Hopefully, Palm,  along with the new and former developers, will get together and create some awesome apps for the Pre and future WebOS devices. There's no telling what great apps we might get to play with soon. I've seen some cool apps developed for the iPhone amidst the negativity felt towards Apple's strictness, so imagine all the good stuff we could see in the midst of such positivity with Palm's use of open standards.

 

 

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10 years ago

Yet Another Source Suggests February 15th Launch, Bell Canada to get Pre?

Yet Another Source Suggests February 15th Launch, Bell Canada to get Pre?

by Dieter Bohn Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:40 am EST

Listen, folks, we're reticent to keep talking about this rumored February 15th release date for the Palm Pre because it just seems so crazy early and so unlikely.  Yet here we are again receiving information from a source we can't dismiss out of hand.  We've already heard about it from our forums, had it persist from anonymous tipsters who may be in a position to know, had it repeated in our forums that the February 15th release is the ideal target date, but they're not sure if they can make it, then heard that "Palm is confident" they can make their release date.

Now this: we've confirmed that Palm is already meeting with employees from Bell Canada to fill them in on the Palm Pre, Treo Pro, and Palm Centro.  That Centro bit is actually interesting as we've previously heard rumor it was to hit the network on Feb 2nd. As for the Treo Pro, well, we know that although unofficially available now (See this hands-on), it should be officially out for Sprint fairly soon

Our source tells us that a Palm Pre launch "about the same time as Sprint" in "about two weeks" is definitely the current plan (sounds like February 15th to us) and -- get this -- there will be additional phones from Palm later in the year.

Add that to the fact that we're also confident that Sprint reps are also already being trained on the Pre and maybe, just maybe we are starting to believe that this February 15th thing could be possible. Maybe.

Thanks anonymous tipster!

 

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10 years ago

Palm Appoints Haygarth Marketing Agency for European Push

Palm Appoints Haygarth Marketing Agency for European Push

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 29 Jan 2009 4:34 pm EST

Stefan sends in a tip that Palm's European branch has dropped a cool 3 million Pounds (that's just over $4 million US) on UK marketing firm Haygarth.  The firm will clearly be in charge of a very large European marketing push as Palm tries muscle their way into a market dominated by the likes of Nokia and Windows Mobile.  Palm's PalmOS offering has gone over like a lead balloon across the pond for the past few years, so they're clearly hoping that they'll be able to win over some hearts and minds with the Pre and webOS.

We've told you before that we're expecting Palm to push hard in the European market.  We're figuring it will happen for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is Palm is expected to be making an announcement at Mobile World Congress next month (PreCentral.net will be there). 

Haygarth is more than just an advertising firm, they offer a wide range of creative services from design to branding to arranging sports sponsorships.  Given that Palm has traditionally shied away from standard marketing efforts (like televisoin) in favor of efforts that offer more bang for their buck (cf. the Centro Claus campaign), we can probably expect some interesting campaigns in the coming months.

Thanks, Stefan!  Have a tip for us? Hit us up on the tipline!

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