I have a Palm Pre, and have been using it for a bit now and here are some random thoughts:
- Why is this device being called an “iPhone killer”? THe iPhone is an Apple computer with a phone application and a cellular modem. The Palm Pre is a phone.
- Multitasking is highly over-rated on this device. The device has a beautiful interface, and needs a much higher speed processor.
- The keyboard is unusable. Seriously. I prefer soft keyboards.
- The UI is really nice, but really slow and unresponsive. Multiple touches are necessary, and it doesn’t have the “finger feel” of an iPhone. No inherent tacticality (not a word, but it should be).
- The music application is pretty interesting and has a nice visualization component with the album art, but the music skips at the slightest processor jump.
All in all: good first effort, but otherwise a failure of a phone. I await my MyTouch from T-Mobile, we’ll see how that one is.
Now, I think the Pre platform, and WebOS shows a huge amount of promise. I also think that Apple is missing the boat by not allowing more applications to participate in a multitasking system. They only allow the Phone, iPod and a few other background processes background tasking. I do understand the reasoning, but I think once they get the vetting of iPhone apps up to speed with some good tools, systems and beef up the SDK, they should allow people to select applications for “slots” as background tasks. That way a user has control of it (similar to how push notifications work) and we can still run apps in the background.
Competition is good, I just wish the competition was better in this case.