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QOTD: Are You Considering the Palm Pre?

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Palm Pre. Yay or nay?

Tomorrow as wireless stores open across the U.S. the Palm Pre will be an official player in the smartest-of-phones market.

Unlike buying a PC or even a dumb phone, buying a smart phone is buying into an entire ecosystem with the advent of application stores and other online options. If you’re a diehard Google cloud user, the Android is the one to beat. For someone already committed to iTunes and the App Store, the iPhone is it. Business users have had BlackBerrys grafted onto them for years already.

But tomorrow, Palm hopes to rise from the ashes as a major player with its Pre phone. Those stuck to Sprint’s network have no better option, but those free to move around will have decisions to make this year with a new iPhone around the corner and numerous Android handsets to follow.

The reviews have already hit the mass media (check out Gizmodo’s cleverly organized review summary), and the consensus is that it’s a brilliant first effort from Palm but not perfect.

So the question of the day is: Are you considering the Palm Pre as your next phone? Why or why not?

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    FlayerSlayer , June 5, 2009 3:54 PM
    Yes. I'm going to have to use one for a minute to get a feel for it before handing over money for it, but if it feels solid, the OS is responsive, and I don't have problems using the keyboard (coming from a Treo 755p), the specs are already good so I'd buy one. (I'm already on Sprint, so that's an issue for me.)

    Otherwise, if it doesn't do it for me, I'll begrudgingly go with an iPhone.
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    Kill@dor , June 5, 2009 3:59 PM
    I believe they will be releasing these for a low $199...of which the 8GB iPhone is around the same price i think. For business people on the go this looks like a promising purchase...The WebOS seems like it was tweaked to fun, its easy to manage, quick response mini PC. I'm not sure how fragile this thing is, but i would make sure i put it in a case and don't drop it. Still, people hae been with the blackberry phones for a while now, and it might be hard transition for some...
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 4:00 PM
    Yes, I'm totally stoked for it. Can't wait to get mine.. hopefully they'll be in stock when I get there.
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    mmarzett , June 5, 2009 4:04 PM
    Not until the GSM version drops. I change phones like I change my oil. I'm looking forward to playing with the phone. My impression of the sprint version will let me know if I want to get an unlocked one later on.
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    Luker3 , June 5, 2009 4:43 PM
    I would love to be one of the first people to get one. I can't imagine them going any lower than $200 in the future. The iPhone is around the same price and so are some other phones that Palm hopes to beat out.
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    grandshadow3581 , June 5, 2009 4:47 PM
    I want one, but I do not want to switch to sprint.
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    kinless , June 5, 2009 4:48 PM
    I was planning on getting one until I found out they force you to an Everything Plan. My current Free and Clear Plan is only $45/month and includes unlimited data and text messaging. Why would I pay $25/month more for basically the same thing I have now? I hardly use even half my allotted minutes and I don't use the data enough to justify the potential increase in cost.

    Pass.
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    sublifer , June 5, 2009 4:53 PM
    Nope
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 5:12 PM
    "Palm Pre" what?
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 5:16 PM
    kinless
    They don't actually "Force" you to buy an Everything Plan. You can use the pre with your current Free and Clear Plan, but if you do, you can expect your bills to much more than the $99 of the Everything Plan. The pre keeps a live connection to the internet as part of its "synergery". It always know where it is, what your friends are doing online, and how this realates to your schedule. Pretty cool, but data intensive.
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    hillarymakesmecry , June 5, 2009 5:24 PM
    No, it's on the worthless sprint network. If it were on Verizon I'd go stand in line to wait for it.
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    theuerkorn , June 5, 2009 5:25 PM
    NO (sorry, left the Palm camp for good)
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    kissmeimgerman , June 5, 2009 5:26 PM
    hillarymakesmecryNo, it's on the worthless sprint network. If it were on Verizon I'd go stand in line to wait for it.


    same here, sprint really kills it for me. I probably wouldnt want it long term anyways, but i would love to test it out
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    tweak13 , June 5, 2009 5:37 PM
    kinlessI was planning on getting one until I found out they force you to an Everything Plan. My current Free and Clear Plan is only $45/month and includes unlimited data and text messaging. Why would I pay $25/month more for basically the same thing I have now? I hardly use even half my allotted minutes and I don't use the data enough to justify the potential increase in cost.Pass.


    Wow no crap, of course you have to have a data plan its a smart phone, if you only use a phone for texting and calling a smart phone shouldn't even be near your mind. This is so idiots that don't realize going on the internet, receiving email, sending pictures etc...costs money, rack up their bill to $5,000 then argue with sprint that they didn't know. Free and clear is not the same thing as this
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    cruiseoveride , June 5, 2009 5:38 PM
    No
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 5:43 PM
    Yes. I have a Treo 800w that constantly crashes and requires soft resets on a seemingly bi-weekly basis. If the touchscreen is responsive and easy to learn, and the OS is intuitive then I'll gladly pay up the full cost, as I'm not eligible for a $75 or $150 credit through Sprint.
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    bungee91 , June 5, 2009 5:55 PM
    Pre with SERO plan and I'd buy it.
    No SERO plan, NO way!!
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    gimpy1 , June 5, 2009 5:56 PM
    No. Jitterbug all the way.
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    kinless , June 5, 2009 6:08 PM
    People seem to fail to recognize that I said I have a Free and Clear plan with *unlimited data* which I use on my current smartphone (755p), giving me full access to the internet and internet-related apps. I don't see how I'd rack up a $5000 bill when I have *unlimited data*.

    It's already been proven that you can't switch out your phone ESN without them forcing you to get a new SEP plan. So that route won't work.
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    noobinberg , June 5, 2009 6:13 PM
    I just need a phone to make calls....i have computers for everything else....and they out perform cell phones by leaps and bounds....why do I need to check my email every 5 minutes anyway?
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