Palm Pre: Related handset news (pt 2 of 2)

Published: May 22, 2009

Lots of info circulating about the Pre these days. In fact, as soon as this two-part blog post goes live, I?m sure there?ll be even more. But I did my best to compile what we know about the launch so far in Part 1, which you can find here. Keep on reading below, however, for even more Pre-related news.

No visual voicemail for Pre
If having visual voicemail is a dealbreaker for you, then you may not have to fuss with the Pre or its launch at all. One Mr. KirkYuhnke posed a question about whether the handset will have this feature ? and the company actually responded. Though users won't be able to eyeball phone messages out of the box, I wonder how long it will take for someone to develop an app for it.




Sprint's Palm Pre marketing
A couple months ago, Engadget'sĀ  Joshua Topolsky brought late-night host Jimmy Fallon a Pre to play with, making them one of the precious few who have actually had their hands on the smartphone. Apparently, the company was pleased with the buzz, becoming a new sponsor of the show.



Sprint has also started airing commercials with a Pre cameo in it, which was spotted on a recent episode of Law & Order: SVU. So the carrier has begun in earnest to market a device that hardly anyone will actually get. That's just great. Talk about your heavy-handed manipulation of the masses.

So are you fed up yet? Or are you just as intent on nabbing this phone as ever? Go ahead and vent in the comments.


[via Precentral.net]


UPDATE: Precentral posted a vid of the Pre in the wild, leaked from one of its own forum users called Doc31. Must be a clandestine scenario, since the dude's playing with it in his car. The soundless clip, which is obviously not a corporate video, offers a brief look at the Palm Profile screen, where users enter info for handset-to-cloud syncing.




In addition to posting the vid, Doc31 also shared his impressions of the Pre on the Precentral forums, including the following:

?This thing feels GREAT. SOLID but kind of organic, its kind of hard to explain but it feels GREATĀ  [...] Very simple the best slider I have ever felt. When open its like a expensive knife when the handle is balanced with the blade, or maybe its just because it rest in my palm well. [...] Also I just wanted to say the OS as a whole looks amazing. It just feels fresh and new and I promise a lot of people will be impressed with just the call screen alone.?

Well, it looks like this handset may really be worth all the fuss. All I can say is ? it better be. The only thing worse than jumping through hoops is doing it for a mediocre device.

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