This IS my new phone!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

Following up a post I'd made way back in January... entitled "Is this my new phone?"

I'd been waiting for my Treo 700 to die... and I was trying to hold off as long as possible.  Hoping against hope that my phone would wait until the new i-phone was available on Sprint (or at least no longer available strictly on AT&T's network, which does not get service in my office!)

That did not happen... My palm treo700 started dying over this past week... dropping calls... turning itself off at important times... recycling by itself...

So... I went to the Sprint store, hoping that it could be fixed... they were less than hopeful.  So I replaced the phone with the new Palm Pre

The new Palm PRE features a large touch screen... a sliding cover reveals a qwerty keyboard, a new Operating system that combines, phone, internet and contacts.  It allows you to run multiple applications at once, GPS navigation... and all of this on the already comfortable PALM operating system (which has been dramatically updated).

One of the sexiest parts of the PALM PRE is the way it charges... you receive a charging "puck", and you simply place the phone on top of it.  No plugging it in required.... now that's some hot new technology.

It's taking some getting used to... it's just so damn easy to use, that I can't quite figure out how to use it... my daughters (both of them) picked it up and started playing with it immediately... and they've UNdone some things that I don't know how to fix.  I can't even manage to figure out how to make sure that my phone calls ring out loud... (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't... what am I doing wrong).

It's very small, light and sleek... the keyboard, although smaller, is easy to use, it's keys are kinda gel-like... the e-mail now "pushes" to the phone... just like a blackberry... and I love the puck chargers...

very sleek, very small, very light, very cool, very cutting edge....  I'll let you know how it goes.

ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

 
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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

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Alan May
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I don't think you did it on purpose (who knows... may have been your shish)... but some stuff changed, and I don't know how to change it back...

Jun 22, 2009 11:43 AM #4
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I am hopeful that the operating system has improved to minimize the crashes of the past -- I like the idea of multiple applications running at the same time.

Jun 22, 2009 02:13 PM #5
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Alan...Always searching for tech advice, my old plan is up in July, and it will be time to get something with more than just a phone app. So thanks ... Let me know how it works after a week or so of break-in or break down..?

Jun 22, 2009 02:19 PM #6
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I have been holding on to my old phone for sometime now and I know that soon our time together will end. It has been good to me, but one day it will be traded in for a sleek new one. That's one sharp looking gadget you have there Alan.

Jun 22, 2009 03:17 PM #7
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so far, no crashes, Scott... but then my old one didn't crash when it was new either.

Steve - I only know one other Realtor in my area who has one... and thus far, he likes it too

JL - thanks... but what do you think of the new phone? ;-)

Jun 22, 2009 03:31 PM #8
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I had a Palm Treo some time ago and until I switched to the Blackberry, I thought it was the best phone ever.

Now I think that about my Blackberry.

And I'll say the same about my iPhone if I ever get one!

But if the Pre is working for you and you love it.......by all means enjoy it!

"Very sleek, very small, very light, very cool, very cutting edge"......Sounds like you're describing yourself!!!

Jun 22, 2009 03:45 PM #9
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I tried the blackberry ... didn't like it much... it's kinda a right brain / left brain thing... i just didn't care for the way it worked.

Jun 22, 2009 03:53 PM #10
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Alan, looks even more fun than my I-Phone, which I have to admit I really love - even with the AT&T factor.

Jun 22, 2009 05:22 PM #11
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Alan "what the puck" that's the charger?  Well if you really like it then go for it.

Jun 22, 2009 08:33 PM #12
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Alan May
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Patricia - I'm envious... I really want the i-phone... but I'm not willing to fight the AT&T factor... that's my phone of choice.... I even asked Spring if I could purchase an unlocked phone, and bring it to them... but it won't work on their network.  - heavy sigh -

I know, Larry... the puck is very cool technology... very cool indeed.

Jun 22, 2009 08:54 PM #13
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Will it open lockboxes?  I want to stay with Palm and my 680 is getting a little sickish but I want one item to carry in houses. So does it work with the iboxes?

Jun 22, 2009 09:15 PM #14
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Barbara - I don't believe it has infrared, so I'm gonna say it probably won't.

Jun 23, 2009 07:41 AM #15
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Pretty cool, but I'm sticking with my Blackberry.  Wonder whether I'm right or left brain?  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Jun 23, 2009 10:41 PM #16
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Alan May
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I'm not really sure, which is which, Mike.... all I know is that blackberry isn't MY brain.

Jun 24, 2009 07:29 AM #17
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Alan you are correct, the Pre does not have infrared.  Ideally we would like to be able to use our existing eKEY fob and the Bluetooth in the Pre to open lock boxes.  Unfortunately, WebOS is a completely new operating system, and the way the SDK (Software Development Kit) is currently set up, we do not have the necessary access to the Bluetooth in the Pre.  If we had that access, we would be able to use our eKEY Fob to translate the Bluetooth to IR, and communicate with the lock box. 

Thanks,

Greg

 

 

Jun 24, 2009 03:06 PM #18
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Alan May
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Greg - thanks for the update... so if Palm would give you access, we could use bluetooth to access Supra Lockboxes.  Unfortunately, in our area, they have opted for [shudder] Sentrilocks, and we no longer.. have Supra Lockboxes here.... - heavy sigh -

Jun 24, 2009 03:16 PM #19
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Alan, I was a Palm 700 user and I am happy that I waited for the Pre. The puck charger is way cool and so is the phone.

Jul 25, 2009 08:40 PM #20
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Alan May
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the puck charger is the coolest thing about the phone...  I'm still having some "learning curve" issues with the phone.  the touch screen is so sensitive that I often hang up on a call I'm trying to answer.

Jul 26, 2009 08:20 AM #21
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Alan:

I got mine today.  Any follow up from you!!  Do you still like it?g

Aug 31, 2009 08:40 PM #22
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Alan May
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you know, Carol.  When I first got it... I really didn't like it at all.  It's wasn't intuitive, it came with no manual, i kept touching the wrong buttons with my sausage fingers...  But I've really grown to like it... it's fast, it allows me to flip back and forth from app to app... it's small, and lightweight.

It's still no i-phone... if Sprint offered an i-phone today.. I'd switch in a minute.  But, for me, it's the best thing out there, as I'm not crazy about the way that blackberry's function.

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