Launcher and apps

There are only about 20 or so apps available on the Palm pre at present, but that will likely change soon - Palm will be offering a free SDK this year and has a long history of working closely with developers. In fact, there are thousands of apps available for the Pre if you count legacy apps that run using the free-to-try, third-party Palm Classic app (which costs $30 to own).

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LAUNCHER: The Launcher is where you store all of the installed apps. You can drag any of them into the app area below the screen, but it only holds five maximum

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CAMERA: The camera is very limited – it only allows you to change whether a flash is used and take the picture

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SAMPLE SHOT: Outdoor photos like this one look good enough to compare to an entry-level digital camera

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PHOTO ROLL: The photos screen shows you photos taken with the Pre. Most indoor photos look OK as well, but there is no control over lighting or white balance

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PREFERENCES: You can only add an account for Facebook and Photobucket for uploading images you take with the Pre

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PHOTOBUCKET: When you log in to Photobucket, you then have the option to upload photos directly to that free photo sharing site

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SEND PHOTO: You can also send a photo by email or MMS, and choose to set the current photo as your wallpaper

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UPLOAD: Uploading an image is quick over the Sprint 3G service or over Wi-Fi

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IN VIEW: As you upload an image, you still see the photo so you can make sure it is the one you want

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VIDEOS: Videos are listed with a thumbnail, but there are very few options – you can't edit videos at all or convert them to different formats

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MEMOS: It's easy to write a quick memo to yourself using the built-in sticky notes app. There are few options for customising them, though

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NEW MEMO: Here, you can type a memo and save it to the Memos screen for future reminders about your daily tasks

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TASK LISTS: Like previous Palm devices such as the Centro and Treo, Palm includes a simple task manager to keep you organised

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TASK VIEW: Tasks are shown in a simple list with a few options available for adjusting priority, but not rolling them up into projects

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GOOGLE MAPS: The Palm Pre includes the full Google Maps client with directions, satellite view, and GOS locator

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MAPS MENU: The Maps menu in Google Maps has a grayed looked that matches the Android version a little too much

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MAP SEARCH: You can easily search for just about any location, including airports and businesses – just like the web version

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DIRECTIONS: You can get turn-by-turn direction, but not with voice navigation or speech control (you can't speak destinations like you can on a G1)

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SATELLITE VIEW: Like the web version, Google Maps on the Pre gives you a satellite option for viewing topographic details

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TRAFFIC VIEW: The traffic view shows you congestion in populated areas

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CLOCK: You can configure the clock with a digital or analog look. The digital look is a throwback to the first flip clock radios

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ALARM: It's easy to set multiple alarms for waking up in the morning or reminders for your day

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APP CATALOGUE: There is a paltry selection of apps at launch, but with a background in working closely with developers, that will likely change soon

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LIMITED: Apps such as Pandora and the ConnectFour game from Electronics Arts reveal just how limited the selection really is

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YOUTUBE: A built-in client for YouTube helps you get your viral video fix – but only in the sub-par standard def resolution

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YOUTUBE SEARCH: You can quickly search for any video, similar to the YouTube XL and YouTube TV versions found online

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AMAZON: Amazon shows up again – it provides a similar music download service on the T-Mobile G1

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SIGN IN: Amazon MP3 uses the same login you use for buying books and other items on Amazon.com

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SEARCH: You can search for artists by name, song, album title, or any other variable you can think of

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BUY: When you are ready to buy, you see a larger version of the album art and a Buy button

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DOWNLOAD: Status bars scroll across the screen as you download. And, with multi-tasking, you can switch to a different app while the music downloads

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WI-FI: You can access a menu configure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings. Palm recommends using Wi-Fi when available to save on battery power

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CALL INTERRUPT: During any activity on the Pre, including web browsing and checking your calendar, you will see alerts for any missed calls

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SPRINT NAV: Sprint offers its own GPS-enabled client for finding your way around town that includes turn-by-turn instructions

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DRIVE TO: With the Sprint Navigator, you only have to enter the "drive to" destination, since the GPS already knows where you are

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EASY SEARCH: It's easy to search for common city destinations, such as airports and bus terminals

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NAV SEARCH: You can also type in a search term, but – like Google Maps – the navigation features do not allow for voice input of locations

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TRAFFIC INFO: Traffic information is fed to the Navigator program and mirrors what you find in the Google Maps app

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SHARE MAPS: You can share navigational maps, but Sprint does not offer a sharing system that works like Google Latitude for sharing your current location

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CALCULATOR: The calculator is not too glamorous and does not support a full scientific calculator view

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DOC VIEWER: Like all Palm devices before it, the Pre supports document viewing for Office 2007, Office 2003, and many other file formats

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EXCEL: Here, we pulled up an Excel file with spreadsheet data and the Doc Viewer formatted the cells perfectly

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DOC VIEWER: The Doc Viewer supports the latest version of Word 2007 for viewing – but not editing – documents

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PDF VIEW: You can also open Adobe PDF documents, and then zoom in and out on the document to read the text

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SWITCH AND ZOOM: Here, a contract is open in the PDF View app which allows you to switch pages easily and zoom in on the text