Palm Pre generates a lots of buzz since it’s first preview at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Palm Pre will be available on June 6th, 2009 (Sprint Nextel) and Second Half 2009 (Bell Mobility). Many peoples beleives that Pre is an iPhone killer. Pre features a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen over a 24-bit color 320 x 480 resolution HVGA liquid-crystal display. If you are migrating from iPhone to Pre you will definately miss the virtual keyboard as Pre features a full QWERTY physical keyboard. Pre is equipied with three sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor. An accelerometer will automatically change the orientation of the display between landscape and portrait when the device is rotated in the user’s hands. An ambient light sensor allows the Pre to automatically adjust the brightness of its display. Aproximity sensor allows the Pre to disregard touch inputs when the phone is held close to a user’s face during a call.
The most advanced feature of Pre is Wireless Bateery Charging. The Pre will be one of the first smartphones to feature wireless charging. Another big new features is something called Synergy, which can pull contacts from all your sites (Facebook, Gmail, AIM, etc…), gather and organize them into one coherent list on the Palm Pre. The Pre is the first Palm device to use webOS. In terms of connectivity Pre is clear winner and features EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA, depending on location. The Pre also includes 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with support for A2DP stereo headsets. A-GPS with support for turn-by-turn navigation is also included.
For now the Palm Pre will be available to the US only through Sprint on June 6th. Canada will be getting their Palm Pre through Bell Mobility. AT&T and Verizon are also joined the race and plans to sell the Palm Pre in 6 months.
|Carrier||Sprint Nextel (USA)
Bell Mobility (Canada)
|Screen||3.1-inch HVGA (480×320) 24-bit color capacitive touchscreen|
|Camera||3-megapixel camera with LEDflash and “extended depth of field”|
|Operating system||Palm webOS|
|CPU||600 Mhz Texas InstrumentsOMAP 3430 (ARM Cortex A8 +PowerVR SGX)|
|Memory||256 MB RAM|
|Storage||8 GB internal|
|Networks||CDMA (USA), GSM (Europe)|
|Connectivity||EV-DO Rev. A
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2,802.1X authentication, aGPS
|Physical size||59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95 mm closed|
|Weight||135 g (4.76 oz)|
Pricing & Availability : Where to buy how to buy Palm Pre? The Palm Pre requires a two-year contract with either the Everything Data or theBusiness Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. You can buy Pre from BestBuy or Radioshack for $199 with a 2-year contract and instant rebate. If you plan to buy through Sprint retail stores or Sprint.com you will not get instant rebate, and you will have to pay $299.99 and fill in a mail-in-rebate for $100. And Without Contract Palm Pre will costs you about $549.99.
Syncing : Like all smartphones on the market today, Pre uses the cloud based services model. Syncing is becoming controversial issue as Fortune magazine has discovered that if you plug a Palm Pre into a Mac, it will sync content from iTunes with no issues. According to the article, the iTunes Music Store will recognize the Palm Pre the same as it does an iPhone or an iPod. However, it will not load the DRM-protected music that the iTunes Music Store used to sell.Palm has announced that the Pre will be capable of “seamlessly” synchronizing with Apple’s iTunes via its Media Sync feature The Pre is believed to achieve this by switching its USB Product and Vendor IDs to those of an Apple iPod, thereby mimicking or “spoofing” the Apple device.