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9 years ago

CompanionLink To Sync Lotus, Palm Desktop, ACT, and others with webOS, Pre!

CompanionLink To Sync Lotus, Palm Desktop, ACT, and others with webOS, Pre!

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:42 pm EST

Jay just sent in a tip to this Press Release from CompanionLink and it's great news!  They say that they're going to be offering their software for the webOS / Palm Pre and it will offer a bevvy of syncing options.  Their software will run natively on the Palm Pre and will let you sync "contacts, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, calendar events, tasks, notes, and alarms and reminders" either via USB or Over-the-Air.

What's more, they say they'll offer compatiblity with:

  • ACT!
  • Google (though this is native on the webOS)
  • Palm Desktop (Huzzah!)
  • Lotus Notes
  • Goldmine
  • Microsoft Outlook

Pricing looks to be around $49.95 for their current offerings for other platforms.  This will go a long way towards answering two questions we've received about the Pre -- How will Palm Desktop users get their contacts synced and will there be USB syncing.  It looks like the answer to both is CompanionLink -- just a bummer that it's probably going to be fairly pricey.

There may be another 3rd party syncing solution on the way -- Chapura also makes some pretty good sync software and were highlighted as a partner during the Pre Launch keynote.

One last note -- the webOS development framework must be more robust that some of the naysayers out there have claimed if CompanionLink is able to do USB sync, a feature not built into the Pre, which by default just does USB mass storage mode.

Thanks, Jay!

Update: A user writes in:

You just reported that Companion Link will sync Palm Desktop with Pre BUT this is ONLY on a PC. I - and millions of Palm users - have Mac computers. What do you know about syncing Palm Desktop, contacts, memos, etc between Pre and Mac? Is Pre going to be a PC only device?

Excellent point.  We wouldn't call the Pre a "PC-Only" device, but it is true that we don't know of any Mac-based direct sync solutions -- though it should be noted that the Mac's Address book and iCal are able to sync with Google (in 10.5 at least), which will then sync back to the Pre.

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9 years ago

Will Sprint Require the Simply Everything Plan for the Palm Pre?

Will Sprint Require the Simply Everything Plan for the Palm Pre?

by Dieter Bohn Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:33 am EST

Sprint has really been pushing their "unlimited data, unlimited minutes, ...unlimited everything" plan they call "Simply Everything."  It's $99 per month and honestly, we are pretty big fans.  It's not SERO (their not-so-secret discount plan), but it's not bad.  Sprint told us that they're going to "Instinct the Pre", which basically means they plan to throw a ton of marketing muscle behind it.  It may also mean something else and that something else has been a (perhaps mistaken) assumption of ours: as with the Instinct, it's possible that Sprint will require the Simply Everything plan for all Pre owners.  We all know that there is a lot of downward pressure on price for smartphones ever since the iPhone 3G came in at $199 after contract, and Sprint's best method for assuring a low cost for most customers is requiring the SE plan.

Not so fast, says TreoCentral forum member intro, a quick look at Palm's product page and at Sprint's Pre press release reveals some different languages.  Palm says that "A data plan is required" while Sprint counters with "Data: A $0.03/KB charge applies without a data plan."  If Sprint is printing warning about how much data would cost without a Data plan, it stands to reason that they may let you buy it without one.  Maybe.

It's engendered quite a discussion over in our Pre forums but the bottom line is this: it's highly likely that Sprint and Palm haven't even made the final decision on price and require plans yet.  Our hunch is still that Simply Everything will be required, but we'd be relatively happy to be wrong.

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9 years ago

Palm Pre Size Comparisons

Palm Pre Size Comparisons

by Jennifer Chappell Tue, 20 Jan 2009 9:16 am EST


We've seen the Palm Pre in the video demos from CES and in photos taken at CES. Only those lucky enough to have been at CES got to see a Pre up close or actually hold one. I've been curious as to how big, or should I say how "small" the Palm Pre is compared to other smartphones.

I recall hearing Dieter and Mike saying during their special Pre TreoCast that the Pre is smaller than the Centro. I thought, "Huh?" Wow, the Centro is pretty small so the Pre must really be small. That's not a bad thing though since much of the Pre's front real estate is taken up by its screen.

Over in our TreoCentral forums, in the "Link to Pre Questions Answered and Suggested Threads", forum member treoKing has posted some graphics from sizeasy.com. Sizeasy is a free comparison tool to help you visualize product size when you're shopping online for a smartphone. Above are some of the graphics showing the size comparison of the iPhone, Treo Pro, Treo 800w, Centro and Palm Pre. 


And check out the pics above from Palm Infocenter. You can see the Centro and Palm Pre pictured next to each other.  Plus you can see the Pre beside the Treo 755p. Those are some nice comparison photos.

The Palm Pre looks to be a very pocketable sized smartphone. I don't usually carry my smartphone in any of my pockets but I did slip my Centro into the front pocket of my jeans one day when I was out for a quick walk. The Centro fit perfect in my front pocket and didn't bother me at all. I can just imagine how the Palm Pre would be an even better fit. As you can read above, the Pre is just a tad thicker than the Centro, but I doubt it would make much difference. I can't wait to find out though!

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9 years ago

New Features to the Pre: Oops I'm late and Automatic Calendar Context

New Features to the Pre: Oops I'm late and Automatic Calendar Context

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 2:22 pm EST

We've already posted on this video, but it warrants another look. In the recent history of Palm, nothing has been more important to the survival of the company than the gigantic infusion of cash and brain-power that resulted from Elevation Partner's buy-in to Palm.  It bought Jon Rubenstein to the table, it added some much needed gravitas to their board of directors, it gave the company the cash and tools they needed to make the Pre happen.

Elevation's most famous investory is U2's Bono, but the heart and soul of the private equity firm is clearly gadget-nut (check out his utility belt in the video after the break) Roger McNamee.  He recently sat down with Sarah Lacy to discuss the Pre and how CES2009 was Palm's "Sally Field" moment.

McNamee is clearly excited about the Pre (and with good reason) -- so excited that he has apparently let slip two features of the webOS that Palm didn't let on to during their keynote: a feature we're calling "Oops I'm late" in honor of the Windows Mobile app and another that's a sort of "Automatic Calendar Context."  Get the full skinny and the video of McNamee describing both, after the break

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9 years ago

Tech Ticker Interview With Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners

Tech Ticker Interview With Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners

by Jennifer Chappell Mon, 19 Jan 2009 2:20 pm EST


Sarah Lacy over at Tech Ticker conducted a great interview with Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners and have put a nice video clip on the Tech Ticker website.

So we know that Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners invested 20 percent of his private equity fund in Palm. Sarah starts the interview right off by asking McNamee if the Palm Pre had been in development the whole time he'd been investing in Palm. McNamee answered that yes, it had been in development the whole time, and that the Pre is what the investment had been about. Seems that Ed Colligan had called up McNamee after the BlackBerry Pearl came out, and told him that Palm wasn't in the right place but that they'd just began developing a new operating system, but they didn't have the right team and weren't focused around consumer electronics. Colligan wanted to know if Elevation Partners was interested.

Elevation Partners was interested and they talked to Jon Rubenstein who had worked with McNamee's partner Fred Anderson. McNamee figured that if Jon Rubinstein, the guy who had turned Apple around, didn't think it could be done, they weren't going to do it. But Rubinstein looked at the new platform and was impressed. He had said that it was going to be the next big thing. He also said that they were going to "change the nature of computing and really change the nature of technology over a period of time around mobile devices". McNamee noted that the Palm Pre was just the first product to come that will run on WebOS.

McNamee seems to be a very interesting and intelligent guy, and I enjoyed getting to hear him speak about the Palm Pre. He wears what he refers to as his Batman "Utility Belt" and says that he has one of every smartphone on his belt. That is just sooo cool! He started pulling the smartphones off his belt and he removed a Centro, Treo Pro, two iPhones, a BlackBerry, and a Google Android. I was surprised when McNamee said that the G1 has the best web experience. He bragged on the iPhone for its iTunes and bragged on BlackBerry for its corporate email. I liked what McNamee said last in the interview:

"To us, this is the beginning of a new wave. These guys (meaning the iPhone, Android, Blackberry) are totally capable of getting there; our goal is to make them chase us."

9 years ago

No Surprise: Vodafone Likely to be European GSM Exclusive Carrier for Palm Pre

No Surprise: Vodafone Likely to be European GSM Exclusive Carrier for Palm Pre

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:49 pm EST

Jason tips us off to this PalmPreBlog post (welcome to the neighborhood!) with a twist on the standard "no comment' we usually get from customer service reps: a "no comment" with the added bonus "we are still in early negotiation with Palm, but nothing is solid."  Add in the fact that another Vodafon rep chimed in in a forum stating that they were playing around with the Pre internally and you get what many of us expected: Vodafone will likely carry the Pre and it's a safe bet that they'll do so exclusively.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Pre is when the GSM version will come out and what 3G bands it will support.  Put us on record for the following:

  • We expect that the GSM version will be locked to Vodafone intially, but shouldn't be too difficult to unlcok
  • We expect that the GSM version will arrive at least a couple of months after the Sprint version
  • We expect specs, performance, and looks to be virtually identical

Alright, so where are we getting this?  We'll tell you after the break.

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9 years ago

Your Palm Pre Questions Answered (Part 3 of 3)

Your Palm Pre Questions Answered (Part 3 of 3)

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:01 am EST

 

You've got questions!  PreCentral.net has answer!  Below, we go question by question from our gigantic Pre Forum Questions thread from the TreoCentral Pre Forum.  This is Part 3 of 3 (We got 'em done in 3 parts, not 4). Don't miss Part 1 and Part 2 of our Palm Pre Answers!

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9 years ago

Palm Pre: Your Questions Answered! (Part 1 of 3)

Palm Pre: Your Questions Answered! (Part 1 of 3)

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:00 am EST

You've got questions!  PreCentral.net has answer!  Below, we go question by question from our gigantic Pre Forum Questions thread from the TreoCentral Pre Forum.  This is Part 1 of 3.  Don't miss Part 2 of our Palm Pre Answers and Part 3 as well!

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9 years ago

Palm Pre: Your Questions Answered! (Part 2 of 3)

Palm Pre: Your Questions Answered! (Part 2 of 3)

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:00 am EST

You've got questions!  PreCentral.net has answer!  Below, we go question by question from our gigantic Pre Forum Questions thread from the TreoCentral Pre Forum.  This is Part 2 of 3.  Don't miss Part 1 of our Palm Pre Answers and Part 3 as well!

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9 years ago

YouTube video features Palm Pre web browser

YouTube video features Palm Pre web browser

by Jay Gross Sat, 17 Jan 2009 3:13 pm EST

Register Hardware has posted a video that gives a lightning-fast look at the web browser for the Palm Pre. The nice thing about the video is that it’s hands-on, actually working from the internet while you watch, and it doesn’t appear to be edited or altered from real time.

Posted by The Register, a UK-based tech publication with an Internet presence,  the video is one of several of theirs that feature hands-on demos of various aspects of the Pre. All were recorded at CES, the giant electronics trade show where Palm introduced the phone this month.

I've been rather quiet on this whole issue, meaning the Pre. For one thing, it's been hard to find something to say that hasn't been said all over the place. This browser demo and a couple of other videos finally has me convinced. I want one. But wait! I'm happy as you please with my Centro, which is behaving as expected. So, I want - as opposed to need - a Pre. And I don't mind waiting for it to be finished.  Correctly.  In all respects.

I don't want a Pre or anything else that's half-done and buggy, like my Treo 700p was. Moreover, I don't want to have to depend on Palm to fix its software - like the 700p, for which Palm demonstrated pathetic support for its loyal customers.

I want the Pre to work, flawlessly, out of the box, and till it does I'll be perfectly happy to keep my trusty Centro, or even buy another Centro in another color in the unlikely event I ever get tired of flaunting red.

For more drool-inspiring Pre videos, YouTube also offers:

  • WebOS User Interface
  • Stuff Magazine Review predicting Pre will be an iPhone killer
  • A very interesting, though short promotional video from PuntoCellulare.it, an Italian cellular news website - the video's soundtrack is nonetheless in English.
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