BGR early hands-on with the Palm Pre; QWERTY too compact?

Summary:After attending CTIA a few months ago and getting a chance to touch the Palm Pre QWERTY keyboard I mentioned I thought the keyboard was too compact and may be a problem for people looking for a heavy texting and messaging device. The Boy Genius was able to somehow score a Palm Pre early and in his first look he mentioned that the keyboard is not looking good so far and may require lots of practice to get efficient with it.

After attending CTIA a few months ago and getting a chance to touch the Palm Pre QWERTY keyboard I mentioned I thought the keyboard was too compact and may be a problem for people looking for a heavy texting and messaging device. The Boy Genius was able to somehow score a Palm Pre early and in his first look he mentioned:

...things aren’t looking good for that QWERTY either. And hey, you know we take them keyboards seriously! When you try and type on the top row of keys, your finger hits the bottom part of the front piece and on top of that, you often hit multiple keys at the same time while typing. It’s actually really frustrating and doesn’t bode well for such a fantastic social communication/personal/business tool.

I only spent a few minutes with the keyboard, but found it to be bigger than the Palm Centro and smaller than the Treo Pro. I think it would have been a killer keyboard if Palm could have gotten a more standard Treo keyboard on the Pre.

Stay tuned to The Boy Genius Report as they roll out their full extensive review of the Pre a week before all the rest of us get a chance to even think about picking one up at Sprint. I'll be holding off on a purchase since I don't feel like adding a third carrier to my arsenal at the moment and need to see more details about the Pre to be sold on it. I am looking for details about what 3rd party apps are installed, what kind of application store will be provided, how well Exchange works on the Pre, and more.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware

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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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