Please consider this my Pre-order for the Palm Pre, the first phone designed specifically for the internet from the bottom up.
“Under the hood is a speedy new microprocessor from Texas Instruments that runs videos quickly and smoothly, with less of the herky-jerkiness that mobile devices are known for. The phone has 8 gigabytes of storage, which is decent but not great; it can run Adobe Flash, and can cut, copy and paste, which iPhone can’t; it supports multimedia messaging service (MMS) so you can send text messages with photos attached, which iPhone can’t do; it has a 3 megapixel camera and a flash, which iPhone lacks. There’s a button that lets you buy music from Amazon’s download store. Then there’s the multitasking. Want to talk on the speakerphone while browsing the Web and entering stuff in your calendar? No problem. Palm expects people will keep 15 to 20 applications open at the same time.
Palm’s engineers have done some really slick things with applications themselves, especially contacts and calendars. You can pull together multiple calendars and view them all at onceâ€”say, your work calendar, your home calendar, even calendars from other people, like your spouse’s Google calendar (your spouse needs to give you the log-on info). The contact manager pulls contact information from multiple sourcesâ€”Yahoo contacts, Google contacts, Facebook contacts. A listing in your address book can contain every way of reaching that personâ€”via work mail, Gmail, or Facebook mail, for exampleâ€”and lets you send a message to a friend using any one of these. Also, the applications talk to one another. When the calendar application prompts you for a reminder about a meeting, it also pulls up a list of the people who will be attending, with their contact info. So if you’re running late, you can let everyone know.” [Newsweek]
Here’s more on the way the various applications are integrated to create a better user experience, hopefully one that is seamless and blur-ry, the way my online/offline is.
“Thanks to Synergy, all your conversations with the same person are grouped together in one chat-style view. (Even if it started in IM, for example, and you want to reply with text.) You can also see who’s online right from contacts, and start a new conversation with just one touch.” [Palm Pre site]
Throw in a removable battery, WiFi, GPS, wireless charging, and the ability to use the phone with one hand, and I’m SO there.
I’m also looking forward to using DCPL’s second phone app for searching its catalog. Coming soon to a Pre near