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Palm Pre Smartphone

Palm Pre Specifications Reveals Plenty Of Reasons To Love This Smartphone

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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.

Palm-Pre-Sreen-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.

Palm-Pre-Size-Comparison

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.

3. Speed

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.

Palm-Pre-Speed

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.

4. Multitasking

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. 

Palm-Pre-multitasking

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.

Palm-Pre-WiFi

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.

 Palm-Pre-UI Palm-Pre-UI2

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”.

Palm-Pre-Digital-Life

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.

Conclusion

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.

  1. Multitouch Portrait Screen + Slide-Down Keyboard Treo Pro Top Marks
  2. Superb Design, Size & Form-Factor Treo Pro Top Marks
  3. Ultra Speed Treo Pro Top Marks
  4. Best-In-Class Multitasking Treo Pro Top Marks
  5. Built-In WiFi, GPS, 8GB Storage Treo Pro Top Marks
  6. Intuitive & Beautiful User Interface Treo Pro Top Marks
  7. Awesome Digital Life Integration Treo Pro Top Marks
  8. 3.0 Megapixel Camera with Built-In LED Flash + Back Speaker Treo Pro Top Marks
  9. 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack + Removable Battery Treo Pro Top Marks
  10. Ambient Light, Accelerometer & Proximity Sensors Treo Pro Top Marks

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Posted by Andrew on January 13, 2009 at 03:52 PM

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1
by Treo Junky | Jan 13, 2009 4:04:23 PM

Don't get me wrong - I am a Palm enthusiast at heart, however I have seen and held the Blackberry Storm (and it is very SLICK)!!

Andrew, how does the Pre compare with the Storm?

Thanks

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by JD | Jan 13, 2009 4:51:40 PM

I really like the look and potential of the Pre. But why oh why does it have to be only Sprint? I think they are going to miss any sales due to this launch with only Sprint.

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by q | Jan 13, 2009 5:59:21 PM

JD, I don't think it would have been possible to launch a new significant platform on any other carrier. Verizon has Storm, ATT has Iphone, T-Mobile has G1, now Sprint has Pre. I'm sure there are some exclusivity agreements in place, plus each carrier probably has to subsidize these phones so I don't think it would make sense to carry two competing phones. Think about it. Go to Pizza Hut you get Coke. Go to Dominos you get Pepsi.

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by TP | Jan 13, 2009 7:04:21 PM

Loving what I'm seeing so far. But I'll temper my excitement until Palm actually manages a successful full scale launch. Too many things can yet go wrong and Palm simply does not have the deep pockets of most of its competitors.

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by dmm | Jan 13, 2009 8:23:29 PM

Re Sprint: it'll be on other carriers at some point too (most exclusives last 3-6 months). And if you want an unlocked GSM one, you can get that as soon as it's available and use it on any GSM network in your area. (Just be careful on T-Mobile USA, as they use a frequency for 3G that no other carrier does, so you most likely will be limited to EDGE.)

The other plus about an unlocked GSM model is that the GPS is much less likely to require a cellular signal (compare the Treo 800w, which requires a Sprint signal, with the Treo Pro, which does not require one, though it gets a faster satellite lock if there is a cell signal). Here's hoping the Pre's GPS is more like the Treo Pro's.

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by dmm | Jan 13, 2009 8:34:35 PM

Let me start off by saying I'm very impressed by the Pre. I agree with almost everything Andrew said here--the hardware looks great, the software well thought-out and full of potential...

That said, there are a few negatives.

The biggest, in my opinion, is not having a memory card slot. Yes, I realize that Palm's market research showed there weren't that many users who made use of it. Those who did, though, used it extensively. After all, Apple has made 16 and 32 GB devices standard, between the iPhone and iPod Touch; other competitors are following that approach. A fixed 8 GB is not the best place to start here for Palm; 8 GB + microSD would have been much stronger (both IMO and according to a lot of the sites I've read in the last several days).

And while I definitely understand and support Palm's rationale of starting fresh with the OS rather than having built-in backwards compatibility, I think it was a mistake to just shrug off the question of a Garnet emulator, especially after they paid big bucks to ACCESS for a perpetual license. Whether it was something to be developed in-house or collaborated on with a developer like StyleTap, I feel that it should be in development already and be available at/around launch time.

Last, I think there should be a local sync option for the data that people don't want "in the cloud" yet do want available when they need it--e.g. password management apps, confidential client data, or just PIM info that's stored on a local desktop. I've used every Palm device I've owned, going back over 10 years, in large part as an alternative to paper--rather than print something, I sync it. I don't want to add the step of putting that data online somewhere just to get it to my smartphone. That's unnecessary complication.

I was hanging on in the days leading up to CES, thinking "I don't want to switch to a new platform"--partly because I knew Palm had something in the works and I didn't want to put time and money into one switch when I expected to turn around and make another soon. And despite the negatives above--at least some of which can be readily fixed now--I plan to get an unlocked GSM Pre as soon as it's available.

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by serge | Jan 13, 2009 9:08:01 PM

FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PALM PRÉ
1) Which firewall will protects your private life -- if everything is OPEN ONLINE… ? lICQ informs you about who is opening his computer ? Did you imagne that the Palm Pré-wmight a fragile target to SPM and smartphone viruses. They will flourish !
2) In the multitasking process offered by the the Palm webOS, if you can switch so easily from Facebook to your emails and from your emails to Google, hos Works the protection of your intimate life, your personal notes, address book and valuable private datas. Are they accessible to any one on the WEB ? Is Palm pré cutting bridges each time you switch apps ?
3) Reading the notice I wonder why all these smart apps of the Palm pré are only accessible through SPRINT. Why do they stops when you are on a free WiFi ! I wish to know what can you really do with WI-FI only ( without the pre-paid service of Sprint ).
4) Does Palm intend to deliver ( at least to Europe ) an Unblocked Palm pré ( in France by law you cannot attach a device to only one telephone company – you must have free choice of your carrier)
5) I remember the holy times when the Mac OS was delivered with the Palm OS included. This is how you got me, with High fidelity during 10 years… Since Palm seams to dévote his destiny to Windows how do you explain this betrayal ? How can you have abandon the Mac OS platform ? What should I do now with all my Palm datas and addresses if the Palm pré is giving no way to save them and use them. Do you consider this a smart and pleasant?
6) As the Palm pré borrowed so much ideas from Apple don’t you think that it would have been correct to keep a platfom of software compatibility ? I feel betrayed deeply.
7) Dear Andrew , I compationate with your anthousiasm for the dardware aspect and esthetic of the Palm pré, but can you look one moment at the human life behind it ?

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by serge | Jan 13, 2009 9:08:52 PM

FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PALM PRÉ
1) Which firewall will protects your private life -- if everything is OPEN ONLINE… ? lICQ informs you about who is opening his computer ? Did you imagne that the Palm Pré-wmight a fragile target to SPM and smartphone viruses. They will flourish !
2) In the multitasking process offered by the the Palm webOS, if you can switch so easily from Facebook to your emails and from your emails to Google, hos Works the protection of your intimate life, your personal notes, address book and valuable private datas. Are they accessible to any one on the WEB ? Is Palm pré cutting bridges each time you switch apps ?
3) Reading the notice I wonder why all these smart apps of the Palm pré are only accessible through SPRINT. Why do they stops when you are on a free WiFi ! I wish to know what can you really do with WI-FI only ( without the pre-paid service of Sprint ).
4) Does Palm intend to deliver ( at least to Europe ) an Unblocked Palm pré ( in France by law you cannot attach a device to only one telephone company – you must have free choice of your carrier)
5) I remember the holy times when the Mac OS was delivered with the Palm OS included. This is how you got me, with High fidelity during 10 years… Since Palm seams to dévote his destiny to Windows how do you explain this betrayal ? How can you have abandon the Mac OS platform ? What should I do now with all my Palm datas and addresses if the Palm pré is giving no way to save them and use them. Do you consider this a smart and pleasant?
6) As the Palm pré borrowed so much ideas from Apple don’t you think that it would have been correct to keep a platfom of software compatibility ? I feel betrayed deeply.
7) Dear Andrew , I compationate with your anthousiasm for the dardware aspect and esthetic of the Palm pré, but can you look one moment at the human life behind it ?

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by Stephen | Jan 13, 2009 9:11:03 PM

If it lives up to its PR, This is going to be a great phone. I have supported Palm for a really long time and am wondering if Palm will still support my need to be able to interface with my Apple computer. The other Palm benefit is the amount of useful reasonably priced programs for it. Here's hoping there is great support for developers and for us Apple OS users. If anyone knows anything about this please let me know.

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by Paul King | Jan 13, 2009 10:50:55 PM

Will it run Javascript?

Will Flash run on it?

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by LindaIg | Jan 13, 2009 10:57:19 PM

Any one talking about an unlocked phone for those of us who cannot even say Sprint without shuddering? And what form does the USB Mass Storage take and how does it connect. A USB port for a flash drive?

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by danny | Jan 13, 2009 11:23:15 PM

Andrew,
Looks great! Can't wait 'til it comes to Verizon! Maybe I missed it, but please let us know asap:
-copy/paste?
-video capture?
-java?
-battery life?
-infrared? (mostly just curious, but it would be handy)
-Mac compatibility improvements?
-multitouch, gestures?
-haptic feedback?

Some of these are necessities, please let us know. Thanks!

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by Michael | Jan 14, 2009 12:24:24 AM

Hey guys, does anybody know if Palm is gonna license the WebOS to 3rd party manufacturers (like they did before with the PalmOS, too) ?

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by dustin | Jan 14, 2009 1:23:35 AM

IR port or not????????

This is huge for real estate applications.

Anyone know Infared Port or No. Beaming is always cool as well.

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by carter01 | Jan 14, 2009 11:09:09 AM

Andrew,

The new phone looks great! I became a Palm fan when the Lifedrive came out. I loved the big screen and the Office capability. I have a Centro right now and love it to death... Will the environment support user program development?

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by cook | Jan 14, 2009 2:27:36 PM

I love my 2+ year old AT&T Treo 680 - it still works great but the body is shot - the case finally fatally cracked just this week and is taped and epoxyed together. Our group will be staying with AT&T for a variety of reasons, but I need the Pre now! Can I do everything I am doing with a Centro? How long will I have to wait for the Newness at AT&T?

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by PalmGuy | Jan 14, 2009 4:03:01 PM

It has no IR port. No haptic feedback. It has copy/paste across applications. It runs Javascript in the browser. It does not currently run Flash, but word is that the release version will.

Lots more in-depth info and development info at http://wwwebos.com

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by impaler | Jan 14, 2009 6:14:18 PM

I'm impressed. I have been with AT&T and iPhone 3G for some time now, and in my mind, really miss true PDA functionality, with the iPhone, IMHO, seriously lacks. Tried MobileMe and it was two months of frustration. Wishing for better integration with G-apps. This holds real promise and EVDO is a plus. As anxious as I am to get this in my hands and try it, I hope Palm really takes their time with it and releases a good product out of the door. As Apple did learn, beta testing should occur PRIOR to release.

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by Colin | Jan 14, 2009 8:54:44 PM

Why all the negatives with Sprint? I've had Sprint service for four years here in Lincoln, NE...have never had a dropped call...get great tech support when I need it...and Sprint's plans offer the biggest bang for the buck. The only thing Sprint lacks is a Great Smartphone! With the Pre...we'll finally have the complete package.

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by dmm | Jan 14, 2009 10:22:02 PM

Colin,

Sprint may have good coverage in Lincoln; in too many areas, though, its coverage is... less than stellar, to put it mildly. (In some, Sprint roams onto Verizon, too.)

And plenty of people have had issues with customer service--with all of the US carriers. (Some of this is what I've read online; some is people I've actually talked to/worked with.)

So Sprint, between their history with Palm and the fact that they haven't had a smartphone to claim as "theirs," does stand to gain significantly from being the first US carrier to offer the Pre. And Palm stands to gain significantly from Sprint's marketing muscle. That's what kicked off the Centro's popularity, after all. However, Sprint won't be keeping the Pre as a "long-term exclusive"--while no one's disclosing the timeframe, they have said that other carriers will get it. Plenty of sites have reported that that will include other US carriers, though obviously no one's jumping the gun and talking details yet.

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by dgarts | Jan 15, 2009 10:25:15 AM

I gotta say, I am waiting for Palm's explanation for what people are to do as an alternative to

BACKUP to an SD CARD
I dropped my Treo 680 last year, and the screen cracked. I bought another Treo 680 GSM unlocked off Craigslist, popped my SD card into the new PDA, hit a button in RescoBackup and not only my data, but the entire system environment (including preferences, etc..), was restored.

With a Pre, if the hardware broke, and I got a new PDA, how would I restore my entire system?

The lack of mention of desktop syncing is also a little disconcerting. It's a Palm thing, or is Palm no longer that thing anymore.

I'm also a little nonplussed by this oddball notion that smaller is better. The bigger screen is an appreciated effort, but the consumer market already has a small form factor in the Centro. The prosumer does more and wants more screen real estate, or am I alone in this?

I'm not motivated by whether my phone is "cute", I'm looking for performance, and the size of the screen makes a difference. It's still smaller than the iPhone, and not as wide as the Blackberry.

I hope this Pre is just the first of a few experiments in the segment. The Centro and Pre provide plenty of choice for those who do like a small form factor - now give the heavy prosumer user something, with expansion and local hotsync.

I hate to sound like I'm "never happy", but is it really that hard for Palm to understand what makes us tick? Why not just ask us? Or, am I really holding on to a tired set up and need to let go and move on?

I may just have buy up all the unlocked 680s I can find and use them until whenever.

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by paulius | Jan 15, 2009 11:14:51 AM

One of the main questions: How about that COPY and PASTE??

I am one of the those x-faithful Treonauts that had Palm V, Treo 650 and 680, but then jumped to iPhone first generation. Actually quite happy with iPhone, but there some drawbacks that drive me mad using it:

-no Copy/Paste - especially after users have been asking for it since the very beginning
-slow and bulky iTunes under Windows environment
-hard to operate while driving, no physical buttons
-absence of a single program to manage media AND personal information (calendar, contacts, notes, etc)

If Palm Pre manages to answer these drawbacks, other functions being similar to iPhone - I will seriously consider it for my next smartphone.

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by Car Nut | Jan 15, 2009 11:46:06 AM

Each review by Andrew makes me a little more optimistic about the Pre and the future of Palm.

As a Palm, Treo, and Verizon user, I am at a crossroads. I have a 700p that is aging, no replacement options, and no Treo/Palm upgrade options for at least Fall 2009. I've been a loyal Palm/Treo user for over 3 years now and seriously want to upgrade.

I want the 3G network, better web functionality, a larger screen, and the like.

The Blackberry Storm looks great, though I found it to be slower than expected (not bad, but no quicker tham the current Palm OS). The HTC phone has a great screen, good reviews mostly, but does look bland. No thanks to the iPhone, plus it's not an option for me (Verizon).

I guess if I drop my Treo or it gets damaged or fails completely, I'll have to go with a non-Palm non-Treo phone after all.

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by MaryAnn | Jan 15, 2009 3:12:38 PM

I find it odd that all the photo's on Palms site don't show the Pre closed and it's thickness. So, Andrew - how thick is it? I have a Treo 680 - is it thicker? What are the true dimensions? Thanks!

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by Harold S | Jan 17, 2009 6:45:58 PM

I think they messed up here a bit,....
One of their biggest following is Realtors.
They need the IR aka Infrered beam to open lock boxes.
The whole country switched to them and along the way palm has had a steady stream of realtors.
They better bring back the infrared in a heck of a hurry or realtors will go willy nelly on new phones real soon and lose a very large following.
I do know that in the works are a bluetooth conversion to infrared was done for the black berry.
Perhaps that is what will happen.
One more freaken thing to carry around.

Attn all people who want to make the end all be all of Phones.
Give us every thing we want
we want a
1. phone
2 calendar
3 email
4 texting
5 camera
6 infrared for realtors and
7 infrared strong enough to replace tv and stereo remote controls
8 we want it to be a garage door opener
9 we want to be able to control our lighting with it
10 we want to be able to tether our laptops to it for internet.
11 we want enough memory so we dont have to worry bout it ever
12 we want it to turn on our car
13 we want it to be an alarm clock
14 we want it to open our house
15 we want it to get tv reception when we are bored
15 we want it to get music not just mp3 but radio as well
16 we want a usb port on it so we can adapt along the way
17 we want it to transmit our credit card info at the store, gas tation etc so we can stop carrying wallets

we want it all and we are tired of waiting. So get on it and and by the way if you do happen to get all of the above in a phone
I want you to call it the MATE.
...because it will identify with us and we will need it werever we go
if i missed anything add it.
and make the apps either free or very inexpensive.

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