11 questions I want answered on the Palm Pre

Summary:The Palm Pre launches tomorrow and I have been reading a ton of reviews of the device posted by mobile technology sites. I played with the Pre at CTIA, but do not yet have a review device and have been thinking about whether or not I should try to find one here in Hawaii (I am on a business trip) in the morning to at least try out during the Sprint trial period. Even though there are some extensive reviews, I haven't yet found answers to a few of my questions and imagine I can get them from readers who buy the Pre or maybe some other reviewers who have the device.

The Palm Pre launches tomorrow and I have been reading a ton of reviews of the device posted by mobile technology sites. I played with the Pre at CTIA, but do not yet have a review device and have been thinking about whether or not I should try to find one here in Hawaii (I am on a business trip) in the morning to at least try out during the Sprint trial period. Even though there are some extensive reviews, I haven't yet found answers to a few of my questions and imagine I can get them from readers who buy the Pre or maybe some other reviewers who have the device.

Seeking answers to these questions about the Palm Pre

  1. Can you create custom shortcuts using the Pre keyboard to launch applications, browser shortcuts, etc.?
  2. How do you quickly change the phone profile (normal, silent, meeting, etc.)?
  3. How do notifications work? Are there indicator lights, pop-ups like on the G1 or iPhone, etc.?
  4. Can you tell me more about how well Exchange works and how extensive it is integrated? Can I schedule appointments through my Exchange server? Can I look up people through the Global Address List? Are Tasks and/or Notes synced?
  5. Can you show me a Twitter client running on the Pre?
  6. How does the Facebook client look and what functions does it support?
  7. Does it support Windows DRM so I can play Zune tunes like on my Windows Mobile or S60 devices?
  8. What happens when you are viewing the web in landscape and you want to enter a URL or a text field? Does the browser auto rotate to portrait so you can use the keyboard?
  9. Can you access the file system on the device so you can do things like send email attachments, unlike the iPhone?
  10. Is it easy to customize backgrounds? Can you setup custom ringtones using MP3 files? Can you customize these ringtones for different people?
  11. Does it come with a calculator and how does it look on the Pre?

    If any reviewers or readers get a chance to try out or have answers for any of these I would really appreciate knowing what they are. I may get one tomorrow morning myself and will make it a point to answer and post the answers here if I do get one.

    Topics: Windows, Mobility, Operating Systems, Security, Software

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    Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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