Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jun 2009 10:44 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Palm pre has been out and about for a while now, so stories and items about what it can do are popping up all over the place. One thing is becoming quite clear already: the Pre and its WebOS are quite hacker-friendly, and hackers have already found all sorts of ways to extend the device's functionality.
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Hacking is fun... 'Cracking' not so fun!
by Governa on Thu 18th Jun 2009 11:49 UTC
Governa
Member since:
2006-04-09

Not wanting to go off-topic here, but what about the real-life handling of the device? Hacking away is fun and all, I own a jailbroken (Cydia) iPhone and know already the amount of amazing things the community is able to produce without the (sometimes arbitrary) control of Apple and the AppStore. Talking about emulators, I have installed a Gameboy one, Gameboy Advance, Genesis/Mega Drive, NES and SNES. I'm pretty sure this is nothing new for owners of other smartphones.

But the first reports of the Palm feeling, and I quote, "like a Fisher Price toy (...) disappointing keyboard" ( http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/05/29/palm-pre-review/ ) and the recent reports of the Pre plastic screen being scratch prone ( http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/protect-your-palm-pre-screen-no... ) and cracks radiating from the center 'home' button to the screen ( http://www.precentral.net/psb-pre-screen-cracks-emerge ) leads me to think Palm has cut costs ( not a surprise having in mind their financial 'limitations' ) and corners ( little joke here, I love how all the corners are rounded in the WebOS and Pre ) here and there and now the consumer might be paying the price.

So, anyone owning a Pre can tell us if these reports are true or exaggerated?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I was unsure whether or not to include the screen issue, but I tend to veer away form that stuff. It's hard to gauge how widespread such issues are, and also, how legit. The guy who had his screen scratched, for instance, kept it in his pocket, unprotected, with keys and coins. That's asking for trouble, of course.

In any case, the few people who reported the problems also stated they got new Pre's from Sprint instantly, even without having to enter the usual warranty tracts.

More information on these possible issues is needed.

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gfacer Member since:
2005-11-10

The guy who had his screen scratched, for instance, kept it in his pocket, unprotected, with keys and coins. That's asking for trouble, of course.


That is the way they should be (able) to be used.

My Ipod Touch is scratch free after spending most of its time in my pocket with keys and change. Apple chose, wisely, to use very good materials in it's screen. Some type of Crystal if I recall, not glass or plastic.

I remember being worried about it, looking up the material on some reviews, and then gradually becoming not worried, as the damn thing is very sturdy.

I've had it since being available in Canada.

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telns Member since:
2009-06-18

So, anyone owning a Pre can tell us if these reports are true or exaggerated?


I cannot comment on others' experiences, but that does seem a little over the top to me. Mine is well made. It doesn't have a metal case, so it probably isn't quite as tough as an iPhone, but I'd say the fit & finish and overall quality are pretty close.

I like the Pre's screen slightly better than Apple, and definitely no cracks so far. Mine seems sturdy enough in all respects and I've had no hardware problems. I haven't had it quite two weeks yet, of course, so perhaps I should report again in about six months.

I wrote a pretty long review back on the 8th based on my initial impressions. After another week and a half, my view hasn't changed substantively: http://nuevasync.blogspot.com/2009/06/syncing-with-palm-pre.html

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