Phonescoop lived up to their name and have managed to get some hands on time with the Palm Pre that was announced yesterday at CES. They have put together a short video demonstration of the phone and Web Os in action and we have it after the break. A little more information is coming out now on this device and its not all good. For example old Palm OS applications won’t work on Web OS directly, but Palm did say that a third party developer is working on an emulator to enable such compatibility. More info and the hands on video after the break.
Although you get 8 GB of memory to play with, there is no memory card slot to add more. There’s also no video capture, and no Flash or 3D support. The Bluetooth profiles are also limited to audio – there’s no OBEX, for example.
The keyboard is reminiscent of the Centro or Treo Pro, but closer to the Pro in that the keys are spread out and somewhat larger.
On a more positive note any web developer can build an app for the phone, but there are limitations. 3D gaming, for instance, won’t be possible, at least with version 1.0 of the OS — though Palm might add a different, more powerful display layer in the future. Palm has confirmed that there will be an app store and an SDK which will be available to anyone.
The device features copy and paste, which is implemented by holding a thumb on the gesture area and grabbing the text you want with your other thumb or a finger, there’s also a drop down menu that lets you move through a number of editing options.
- High-speed wireless (EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, depending on version)
- 802.11b / g WiFi
- Integrated GPS
- 3.1-inch 24-bit color 480 x 320 display
- Dedicated gesture area below display
- Slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard
- Exchange email support in addition to POP and IMAP
- IM, MMS, and SMS messaging
- High-performance browser
- 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and “extended depth of field”
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
- 8GB of internal storage
- USB mass storage mode
- MicroUSB connectivity with USB 2.0
- Proximity sensor for detecting when phone is near face
- Light sensor to automatically dim display
- Ringer mute switch
- Removable rechargeable battery
- 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm closed
- 4.76 ounces