Goodbye Palm Pre, Hello Motorola Milestone
I think I’ve come to the end of the road with my Palm Pre – it’s been around six months now but the time has come to move on. It’s a shame because I fundamentally want to like the device, I really do, especially as I used to love my older Palm machines, and it does have some really useful features such as the unified email notification.
Adapting the Pre into everyday life has been a challenge as it’s an early generation device for Palm and it falls short in a few essential areas, particularly battery life, camera, application availability, lack of good Bluetooth support, and memory issues (not to mention the plastic casing). With regard to the memory a number of applications regularly pop up saying “Too many cards open, swipe some away” when in fact there aren’t any cards open at all. Additional applications are still pretty thin on the ground for the Palm whilst others such as the recently released Monopoly crash regularly which is a bit of a pain for a game that you might have been playing for nearly an hour (this has happened on three different train journeys so far).
Even the enhancements and improvements in the latest webOS 1.4 firmware haven’t done enough to convince me to stay with it. So, the Palm Pre is, sadly, going back into it’s box for now as I look around for another smart phone to replace it (which is a shame as I recently spent some hard earned cash on the O’Reilly book Palm webOS with the hope of developing applications for the platform).
The obvious contender, for replacing the Palm Pre, for every day use is the Motorola Milestone which I have been looking at recently (see A Look At The Motorola Milestone, Part One).
The Motorola Milestone is bigger than the Palm Pre but it feels around the same weight in the hand although according to the specification it is slightly heavier at 165g rather than the 135g of the Pre.
The Milestone is zippier than the Palm Pre, even zippier than the HTC Hero and it’s Android 2 operating system, the larger screen (3.7” with 480×854 resolution over the 3.1" 320×480 of the Pre) and larger keyboard (The Milestone is around three times the width of the one on the Pre) have wooed me into making it a regular accompaniment on recent trips to exhibitions and shows. The Camera is a bonus too with 5 megapixel rather than the 3 megapixel of the Pre.
The only trouble is that it means that in addition to the iPhone I am now running two Android phones, the HTC Hero with its early version 1 firmware (we are still waiting for an update from T-Mobile in the UK), and the version 2 firmware on the Motorola Milestone.