As exciting as the unveiling of the Pre was — and continues to be — there are several mysteries that surround it.
Phone calls. Can it make one? This was never demonstrated. How odd that Rubinstein didn’t call Colligan to prompt him to come on stage. That would have not only been a great touch, but would have cleared up this mystery!
Voice Memos. My LifeDrive can do those. Can the Pre? And what about the quality of the audio recording? The audio quality of my LifeDrive is abysmal. Everything is drowned by a buzz.
Emailing photos. What is that process like and what is it like to receive an email with photos attached? The way the iPhone does it has set the standard.
Solitaire. What, no?
World Clock. Is there one?
Word Suggestion. It wasn’t in any of the demonstrations captured on video that I’ve seen. Is it in there? It’d be a great help, even with that keyboard. I know some people will say it could interfere with the Global Search of the Pre, but it could be made an option in applications that require typing, such as Email and Notes.
Notes. How big can they be? And can I import my existing LifeDrive Memos into Notes? Let me point out that I have over two-thousand seven-hundred Memos on my LifeDrive. Some of them take advantage of the improved large size of the Memos. And even if they can be imported, how much of each am I likely to see in that strange bulletin-board like Note apps? I’d like the traditional list view of classic Palm OS.
Weather. What, no Weather application?! Palm might be thinking this better suited as a Dashboard Notification than an entire application. Maybe.
Stocks. See above.
YahooMail. The iPhone offers YahooMail POP built-in. YahooMail POP is usually a fee service. Will the Pre have YahooMail built-in like the iPhone?
Alarm Sounds. For years, Palm owners have begged Palm to let us assign custom sounds to Calendar alarms. Has this wish been granted with the Pre?
MP3 Ringtones. Can we create our own?
Flickr. With a built-in camera, we should have a built-in Flickr app. Or will this be up to a third-party (Yahoo?) to deliver?
Twitter. Inexplicably, I did not see any indication of Twitter built into the Pre. We saw how messaging can span various IM — and even SMS — services. Ed Colligan even made a point of mentioning Twitter (see below screensnap which captures that moment). But Twitter wasn’t shown as part of messaging!
MySpace. There’s Facebook, but where’s MySpace? It needs to be in there. And if this requires MySpace to create an app, will the contacts from MySpace integrate easily like Facebook contacts?
Password Protection. Can we password-protect access to the Pre? What about certain records?
Data Wipe. Remote data wipe is a feature added to the iPhone for corporate users (I’m unclear if it’s for mere mortals too). Will Palm offer a service for Pre owners that remotely wipes data from a lost or stolen Pre?
Phone Tracking. For a Pre that’s been lost or stolen, can the on-board GPS be used to locate it? Or can the Pre auto-send a distress email with its GPS coordinates?
Video Recording. With that camera, why no video capabilities? It can’t be a matter of storage space. Look at the specs for the Flip MinoHD. It has only 4GB of storage — half that of the Pre — yet it’s capable of doing an hour of HD video!
Flash. Oh boy. This is like a cross between the Holy Grail and Atomic Bomb. Holy Grail because everyone wants a phone that can do video services such YouTube and Veoh, plus publishing services such as Scribd, Issuu, and magazine services such as Exact Editions. Is Palm working with Adobe to get Flash onto the Pre? And — the nasty Atomic Bomb side of it — will it be a satisfying experience of Flash?
This list is in no way comprehensive, but all of this has been on my mind.
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