Palm Pre Smartphone
Palm Pre Specifications Reveals Plenty Of Reasons To Love This Smartphone
Top 10 Reasons To Love The Palm Pre
1. Multitouch Portrait Screen + Slide-Down Keyboard
The iPhone has clearly demonstrated that there are some people who will be extremely happy with a smartphone offering a touchscreen-only input while others like me cannot live without a full QWERTY keyboard. In this respect, virtually all smartphones available today have had to compromise – the iPhone offers a very large touchscreen but no keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold offers a landscape screen but no touch, the T-Mobile G1 offers a clunky touchscreen + keyboard and the Treo/Centro line offers a small square touchscreen with a keyboard.
The Palm Pre on the other hand is the first smartphone that successfully combines BOTH a large 3.1 inch multitouch screen with a 320 x 480 pixels resolution + a reasonably sized full QWERTY keyboard that pulls down vertically with just a gentle push to offer the most intuitive user experience – one that allows for quick and easy one-handed operations.
2. Design, Size & Form-Factor
Even more important is the fact that Palm has been able to deliver this touchscreen + keyboard combination in the smallest size and form-factor of any smartphone to date and to make the whole package look ultra cool.
As you can see from the image above, the Palm Pre is rather tiny in comparison to either the iPhone or BlackBerry Bold and as I mentioned yesterday this makes a huge difference when you hold the device in your hand or want to put it in your pocket.
The Pre is also without a doubt the most “organically” designed smartphone to date with seemingly perfectly rounded curves on the sides and back (it resembles a well polished large pebble) which just makes you want to caress the device and cradle it in the palm of your hand – it wants to be nurtured.
Additionally, Palm’s engineers have ensured that both when closed or open the Pre is perfectly balanced thanks to the internal positioning of the removable battery which creates an ideal center of gravity. The fact that Palm has managed to pack all of this in just 135 grams (4.76 ounces) is also naturally a plus.
Thanks to its new webOS and a high-end processor the Palm Pre is REALLY FAST. In a recent interview the company claimed that the Pre is already four times faster than the iPhone and there’s still some more optimization coming.
Among others the speed of the Pre is reflected in its web browser (now powered by the best-in-class WebKit) which allows you to surf the web ultra quickly and to perform many common tasks in a snap.
Given the increasingly more complex demands of our mobile lifestyle it’s clear that the Palm Pre ability to be ultra-responsive no matter how intense the requirements is more than a welcome feature.
The new webOS that powers the Palm Pre has taken the entire idea of multitasking to a completely new level. Where traditional multitasking used to simply mean running multiple applications simultaneously in the background the webOS focuses primarily on empowering YOU to multitask with as many activities on the device.
5. Built-In WiFi, GPS, EvDO Rev. A, 8GB Storage (inc. USB Mass Storage Support) & Removable Battery
The Palm Pre packs as much of a hardware punch inside as it does outside. With high-speed EV-DO 3G wireless data connectivity, built-in 802.11 b/g WiFi capabilities, a GPS chipset for perfect navigation as well as 8GB of built-in storage for documents and media it’s clear that the Pre ranks at the very top of the smartphone pack.
It’s true that Palm “could” have added a microSDHC memory expansion slot to increase the available memory even further (to 24GB or soon 40GB) but I guess that with everything that the company has already managed to cram into such a small package there was bound to be at least one noticeable compromise.
6. User Interface
There’s probably nothing more rewarding when interacting with a smartphone than to have not only a very intuitive user interface but also a beautiful one. As you will be able to appreciate from the screenshots below the webOS certainly delivers a stunning and engaging graphic design that just makes you want to engage with it – it’s very clean, simple and yet also modern and elegant.
At the same time, the Palm Pre is one of the few smartphones that has been built from the ground up to provide a near flawless software + hardware integration and thus to make it as intuitive, pleasurable and fast as possible for you to perform daily tasks.
Using a combination of smart gestures, buttons, keyboard and touch you can quickly interact with the Pre to get those things you need to get done quickly – greatly enhancing your overall user experience.
7. Digital Life Integration
The webOS is still in its infancy but in its first iteration you can already see how well certain key partners such as Google (Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Search, Maps) and Facebook have been seamlessly integrated on the Pre smartphone – many already call its web integration “awesome”.
I expect that after seeing the potential of developing for the webOS many, many more of the top 1,000+ Internet websites, web services and mobile services will soon follow Google and Facebook’s lead to make their own offerings available as well – the opportunities are truly staggering and extremely exciting.
8. 3.0 Megapixel Camera with Built-In LED Flash + Large Back Speaker
At long last the Palm Pre delivers a truly high-end 3.0 megapixels digital camera with the added benefit of a built-in LED flash with which you will be able to take much better pictures on the go while viewing them on the superb 320 x 480 display and sharing them quickly via email, MMS or via the web.
Additionally, as before Palm has kept a large and powerful back speaker which makes it not only ideal for speakerphone conversations but also to listen to music while on the go.
9. 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack + Removable Battery
The inclusion of a standard 3.5mm stereo jack for calls, music or moives makes it easier for you to choose the headphones of your choice among the thousands available on the market while the convenience of a removable battery ensures that you will always have as much power on the go as you need or want with a spare battery at hand.
10. Ambient Light, Accelerometer & Proximity Sensors
The adaptive capabilities of the Palm Pre are helped by a series of sensors for the ambient light (to automatically dim the screen), accelerometer (to automatically adjust the screen orientation) and proximity (to turn the screen off during a call) and I expect that developers will also make use of these in future applications.
Most early impressions, previews and reviews of the Palm Pre already point to an extremely popular device that is rapidly capturing the minds and hearts of millions of existing and prospective fans who are like me becoming ultra-excited by the completely new opportunities and functionalities that this smartphone offers.
The Top 10 Reasons To Love The Palm Pre below are just a small sample of what I believe this smartphone will ultimately offer and perhaps more importantly is also the reminder that no matter how good the individual piece are it is ultimately the seamless integration off all of these in one device that truly matters – the Palm Pre is evidently one of the few that achieves this.
- Multitouch Portrait Screen + Slide-Down Keyboard
- Superb Design, Size & Form-Factor
- Ultra Speed
- Best-In-Class Multitasking
- Built-In WiFi, GPS, 8GB Storage
- Intuitive & Beautiful User Interface
- Awesome Digital Life Integration
- 3.0 Megapixel Camera with Built-In LED Flash + Back Speaker
- 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack + Removable Battery
- Ambient Light, Accelerometer & Proximity Sensors
Treonauts are always ready to fall in love…