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Wish list for the Palm Pre

The device has many dazzling features. One thing that was a pleasant surprise was that it fit comfortably in my rather small hand. Very smooth.

Here's a nice video overview.

However, there are some things I'd like to see added either in a future incarnation or as a software update:

Hardware
  • 16 GB of on board memory

  • MicroSD slot

  • Button on the side to activate camera function and act as shutter release

  • Little bit more battery life (not a deal-breaker for me by any stretch, since you can easily just swap the battery)

  • Hole for lanyard strap (handy to keep from dropping the phone)

Software
  • Video recording (6/16/2009 update: Rumor has it that this is getting fixed. That was fast!)

  • Visual voice mail

  • Improved camera options (the pictures are really nice, but would like to be able to adjust resolution)


I'm relatively sure that all the software items I'd like to see will be fixed quickly by a system patch or by third party developers.

Things I'd like that have already been addressed by third party developers:
  • Stylus

  • Desktop sync here and here.
  • Virtual keyboard for landscape mode (I feel pretty confident that this will be available in the app store)


So, what's keeping me from buying at this point?
  1. Availability

  2. Curiosity about what Apple is going to announce this week.

  3. The cost of breaking our contract with Verizon.

  4. Only 8 GB of on board memory. While I wouldn't call it a deal breaker, it's at least a deal delayer combined with #3.


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cris
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
the girl and I are also interested in getting the Pre, but given the news that Verizon will likely be getting the Pre, Android and Storm 2 in 2010, we're thinking that we might just wait until then. Giving it 6 months might also mean that there'll be more apps for the Pre when we jump in.
pointedview
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
FWIW, it might be longer than six months before other carriers get the Pre. I planned to leave Verizon anyway for a variety of reasons, but the Pre certainly doesn't hurt.

However, I can definitely understand about wanting a decent app base before jumping in. I suppose that's one silver lining to our contract not expiring until the end of September - app options will have expanded by that time.
violin
Jun. 9th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
They've already got a PalmOS emulator in the works. So, while not entirely ideal, there'll be that (huge) base of apps.

I'd be very interested if they'd make a PDA version. I don't need cellular internet access-- wifi and bluetooth are plenty. Add back in the abilty to sync with a computer (as opposed to 'the cloud'), and I'm game.
pointedview
Jun. 10th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Yar, from MotionApps. While there aren't any apps running on my Zire 72s that I can't live without, it's certainly nice to have the option.

Precentral.net has speculated about WebOS on netbooks, though there's nothing official on that. Haven't heard anything at this point about WebOS on a PDA, but anything's possible. :)

Edited at 2009-06-10 12:51 am (UTC)
violin
Jun. 10th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I think, especially for PalmOS diehards/oldtimers, the option of running PalmOS apps will help fill the void until a sizable base of native WebOS apps are available.

Sadly, the people in charge at Palm have pretty much said they're developing no more PDAs-- they'll keep making the current crop for a little while, but WebOS will live only on smart phones.

Even that wouldn't be too bad, if the phones could be got without signing a contract and didn't rely so much on cloud computing.
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