My Experiences with the Palm Pre+

The Palm Pre Plus Cell Phone

I have spent the last two days playing with a Palm Pre Plus, given to me by a friend at Palm Inc. Been a while since I got any technical swag from my various contacts out there, and this one was very welcome. I have re-fell in Love with my iPhone 3Gs since the release of iOS 4, the new Software for the iPhone. I was able to easily jailbreak the phone and re-unlock the iPhone.

Upon receiving the new Palm Pre, I went about setting it up. There were a few blips in the process. It gave me errors when trying to set up my Gmail and company email, saying their security certificates were invalid. After a Google search, I found that this error was created by the time and date not being correct on the phone. Syncing my calendar and contacts were also a challenge, since I use a Macbook Pro, instead of a PC. Again, with a little research, I discovered that the Palm seamlessly syncs with Google Apps, so my contacts, mirrored on Google, and my Calendar, which is also a Google Calendar, easily synced to the phone without issue.

The phone is very fast. Signal strength seems equal to, or better, than the iPhone when connecting to Costa Rica’s 3G network. Battery life I am not sure of. It seems to be better than the iPhone, but I may just be enamored of a new toy. More testing to come on that end.

My only issue so far is that since my phone was not registered in the United States, I do not have access to the Application Store, and therefor no way to load critical apps for me like, Facebook, Twitter, dropbox, Sugarsync and some other applications I have grown to depend on on my iPhone. Facebook I can live without on my phone. Twitter and Dropbox are two show stoppers for me. They make my phone more than a convenience and more of a business tool for me. The folks at Palm are working on getting me into the App Store. While their are tradeoffs to using the Pre+ over the iPhone, I believe my iPad can fill in the gaps, and I may just make the switch.

I am still interested in the iPhone 4, and may get one in the near future. My goal is to get one that is factory unlocked so I dont have to worry about any tradeoffs by jailbreaking the phone. There are MANY things to like about the Palm Pre+. The seamless integration with the Web, including automatic backup to the cloud is an intriguing and quite useful utility. I am still getting used to the phone so the jury is still out, but I like what I see. Now if I can just get a twitter client…

One Response to “My Experiences with the Palm Pre+”

  1. Margo Ifft Says:

    I’ve had my Pre due to the fact shortly soon after release and am glad to get (through this forum) that I can now set a ring tone on incoming text messages and can research by way of e-mails and this kind of. Now is there any hope for an upcoming launch in which I can seek my calendar? Would make my work significantly much easier, acquiring dates of last appointments. No other complaints, except that yesterday I was in and out of Sprint program (not unusual). I feel I was roaming, and looked at my calendar. Everything within the calendar was one hour earlier than what I had input. The clock was one hour early as well. I used to be scared to death–then, once we got back into Sprint assistance yet again, everything was normalized. Has this happened to anybody else?? Looking forward to answers, but please keep in mind, I’m no techie and speak English as opposed to technospeak.

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