Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Palm Pre: 10 things you (probably) didn't know (and might not care about)

Synergy is absolutely incredible. I was worried how I was going to get my contacts onto the phone without it being able to sync with iTunes. IT SUCKED THEM IN FROM SPACE.

The battery life is abysmal. On my first full day I got six hours before it turned into a small, highly-polished paperweight. Am now fiddling with settings to make it better.

The keyboard is, erm, OK. It's not as easy to type on as a Blackberry but after a bit of practice it's fine. The main holdup is getting used to a dedicated full stop key, period.

iTunes won't sync with it, but you can drag and drop any videos / song files into its downloads folder and it'll automatically sort 'em in its media player software.

You can't change the sounds for SMS or emails, system sounds or the low battery alert (which you'll hear a lot). That's just stupid.

The built-in ringtones are dreadful (and a bit sinister) but it will play any song you download or send to it as a ringtone. That's very sensible.

The USB / charger port is hidden behind a crappy little door which, we may as well just face it, I'm going to snap off sooner off later.

It makes a 'shhh' sound when you flick an app off the top of the screen to close it.

The gesture area does a couple of hidden things - you can swipe half to the left and it'll go back, or all the way left and right to switch between apps.

The camera gives you a spray tan by making everything slightly orangier than normal.