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How Did This Happen? There’s a Palm Pre in my Office on iPhone 3.0 OS Release Day



I’m confused. Apple is about to unleash iPhone 3.0 software on the world, clog the Intertubes and I’ve got a Palm Pre in my hands. How did this happen? What gives? More later.

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  1. Gary

    06/17/2009 at 11:21 am

    wondering the same thing (as I sit here watching my 3G update to 3.0 right now)!

  2. Rob Bushway

    06/17/2009 at 12:26 pm

    have fun with that lousy keyboard…

  3. Amitai Rosenberg

    06/17/2009 at 1:46 pm

    @Rob Bushway- why lousy?

  4. Jose R. Ortiz

    06/17/2009 at 2:30 pm

    You mean the keyboard that the iPhone does not have? ;)

  5. GoodThings2Life

    06/17/2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hmm, gee… lousy physical keyboard vs no keyboard at all… meh, I’ll take a lousy keyboard. Honestly though, I don’t think it’s all that bad (but then I still prefer a Touch Pro style keyboard).

  6. Joe

    06/17/2009 at 2:49 pm

    The usability of the keyboard is very underrated. Like any QWERTY keyboard on a phone, it does take a slight adjustment time, but after you get used to it, you can definitely fly on it.

    As an example, it’s much better than the (much larger) keyboard on the Moto q9c, which has very mushy buttons that are all touching each other.

    On the Pre, there’s separation between the buttons. I find it to be equal to the keyboard of my old Treo 755p myself, which is very high quality as far as I’m concerned.

    But, of course, phones are highly personal, so what’s great for me might not work as well for someone else.

  7. Chi

    06/17/2009 at 2:55 pm

    You’ve probably never even touched the keyboard. And if you did, you probably have not owned a Pre long enough to adjust to it. It took me about a day but now I am fully adjusted. I also own a Blackberry Curve 8900 and iPod Touch. Sorry to tell you this but I would take a physical keyboard over virtual any day.

  8. mrpacs

    06/17/2009 at 3:16 pm

    Ex- Treo user, current iPhone user for almost one year. iPhone Keyboard adjustment period = none required.

  9. tim

    06/17/2009 at 4:59 pm

    I’m less interested in the palm then I am about a picture of your palms on some woman’s chest.

    Good old Warner :)

  10. Rob Bushway

    06/17/2009 at 8:38 pm

    @chi – I have tried the keyboard at the Sprint store – used it for about 20 – 30 minutes which was long enough for me to know I didn’t like it – former BB user, too – loved the BB keyboard on the Curve. I’d rather have no physical keyboard than have to rely on the Pre. There is more space available on the iPhone touch keyboard than the Pre physical keyboard.

    Yes – worse physical keyboard on a phone I’ve ever used and I’d never buy the Pre for that reason. I wouldn’t rule out bigger Pre’s though.

  11. Warner Crocker

    06/17/2009 at 9:19 pm

    That ‘some woman’ is my wife. :)

  12. Gary

    06/17/2009 at 9:41 pm

    same here…Treo, 3x BBs, and faithful iPhone user since gen 1 @ $600 (or was it $700…it hurt a lot either way at the time). The keyboard issue will always have people on different sides of the fence…and it should. Fat fingers, skinny fingers, people that aim for perfect accuracy, vs those (like me) that FLY on a soft keyboard and rely on predictive type ahead, (then go back and correct when it said “Luck” when I meant to say…well, you know). All that aside, I think there are some that will never resign to absence of the tactile response of pressing a key (I used to be one of them), because that is all they have ever known. At the same time, I have many friends and co-workers – most ex-BB, that converted to the iPhone. I followed them pretty closely (being the tech evangelist that pushed them over the top) and most bitched about the lack of physical KB at first, but the other features drew them in to give it a chance. After a while, like all of us, you come to get used to the soft keyboard and the whole experience, and you can’t dream of going back to a physical KB or other device (although the Pre was tempting…for a few moments at least). I’m typing so fast on the soft KB, that I feel like anything else would hold me back now (this coming from the guy who was adamently opposed to anything other than tactile buttons)! I’ll be plunking down $299 on Friday. Yet, I still understand why others (vast majority of who have never used an iPhone for any length of time) want a physical KB. If I was back in that camp…and my carrier circumstances were different…the Pre would be a no-brainer!

  13. Sumocat

    06/18/2009 at 7:44 am

    Hah! Isn’t it like every other month someone has to be told that hot woman with Warner (or in this case, being groped by Warner) is his wife? I still remember Dennis Rice’s shocked response. It was like he just found out Soylent Green is made of people.

  14. Jim

    06/20/2009 at 2:21 pm

    The pre keyboard is so far superior to the iphone keyboard it’s no contest.

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