Palm Pre to analysis (II)

In the first part of our analysis of the Palm Pre we have looked at its external design and the operating system with which the terminal is equipped, webOS. In both it has turned out quite well, although of course we cannot qualify either aspect as perfect.

In this second part we have to take a look at the applications that come with the Palm Pre and see our conclusions after the first test we have been able to do with it. In the absence of more intensive use of the terminal, we also find in this section a good basis for the future.

Palm Pre Applications

In addition to the quick access bar, we have another system to run programs, the application launcher that, precisely, opens from that same bar or from the gestures area, dragging upwards. This launcher has three screens with direct access to each of the applications.

In each of the screens we can move vertically with our fingers, since they allow a large number of icons on each of them. To change the screen we will do it by dragging to the sides, being able to see which one we are in through small white symbols.

The applications that are available on the Palm Pre are, practically, the minimum that we can demand from a terminal of this type. Thus, we have the contact manager, which we have already discussed when talking about Synergy, the email manager, the messaging client, music and video players, photo viewer, calendar, task manager, ...

One of the great advantages of webOS versus, for example, the iPhone is that it is multitasking, so we will have no problem playing music while reading mail or chatting. And the truth is that there are no slowdowns, although we have not forced the machinery to the maximum, that is also true.

If the pre-installed apps fall short, the App Catalog, the app store, will offer us some more. In this regard, Palm loses by a landslide against Apple, as the number of applications available is terribly reduced, although it will undoubtedly grow soon with the announcement they made yesterday.

Undoubtedly, it is necessary to test them more thoroughly to be able to affirm that they meet our requirements, but of course, what cannot be denied is that in the visual aspect all of them have a very good finish and, the truth is, this is a detail that is always appreciated and that makes an operating system better value, although it does not contribute anything to the functional section.

By the way, to copy content we will connect the Palm Pre to the computer, at which time we are offered the choice between mode USB and "iTunes compatible" mode, and I put it in quotes because in the race between Apple and Palm to block this operation, the apple company is currently in first position. Which means we cannot copy music directly from iTunes.

Conclusions

It is time to draw conclusions about the Palm Pre. Was it worth waiting to get this device in our hands? In general terms, we must say yes. What we expected from him has been fulfilled, although as it could not be otherwise, we must find some buts.

And you do not have to go very far to find them, because it is functionally limited compared to other rivals such as Windows Mobile or S60, although not if we compare it with iPhone OS or Android. And it is that with these last two it shares a few characteristics, especially being practically first versions.

And in the Palm Pre it is noticeable that we are still facing the first version of webOS. We do not have a virtual keyboard on the screen, we do not have predictive typing, the keyboard only serves to enter text and not to move around the interface, there is no file manager, ...

In return, we do have great features and great ideas, from the gestures area to how cut and paste is implemented. In section hardware There are also aspects to improve. The keyboard is too small to comfortably type unless your fingers are a little big. In my case, you can only write by pressing with your fingernail.

In addition, the terminal is somewhat heavy compared to others smartphones and its battery is somewhat low, although this is a point in common with all phones of this type.

Now, as with the iPhone, successive revisions of the operating system can be installed on it, so it will receive improvements that will increase its attractiveness. In addition, as soon as the catalog of available applications grows, we will find a lot of interesting features.

Therefore, a phone that is more than recommended and that comes face to face with its rivals: iPhone, HTCs with Android, Nokia N900, ...

I like it

  • Its design and compact size
  • Capacitive multi-touch screen
  • webOS, an operating system with a lot of potential
  • Synchronization with multiple accounts: Facebook, Google, ...
  • Updates over the network
I do not like

  • Some limited functionality
  • Physical keys are not too comfortable
  • Does not have a virtual keyboard

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