Thanks Meter 20
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Springfield Missouri
I had android awhile back (donut), but budget issues forced me to clamp down on an expensive phone bill...
I moved to a dumb phone and Virgin Mobile's (then) $25 a month plan. The phone was an LG Rumor Touch which was pretty smart for proprietary OS and at least had Opera Mini and Google Maps...
The situation has turned around now and I am back in the market for a smart phone. I looked on-line quite a lot. I like things that aren't the norm. I really love the form factor and design of the Palm Pre 2 and all the things I'd read about webOS (aside from the thrashing HP took in the market place and the flip flop on support). This video review really sold me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6-Udd66Y8
I got a factory unlocked GSM Palm Pre 2 off eBay and have been shopping carriers. I'm going with Straight Talk and their "bring your own phone" policy. My SIM card and $45/30 day unlimited everything fill up will be here tomorrow. When it gets here and I activate, reports are I can expect H+ speeds.
I've been playing with the webOS phone just about a week. The OS is smooth as silk, very intuitive and easy to master. It's very smart. I had the wifi fired up and looked at some stuff on-line. After I turned the wifi off I saw a notice icon - new e-mail. I had NO connection (no cell service, wifi off) and pressed the notification icon thinking it would just allow an acknowledgment and dismiss the notification. To my very pleased surprise I was able to read the entire e-mail even though I was in no way connected to the internet. That's smart and well thought out. I'm pretty sure no other OS does that.
I don't see any bloat in the UI. At 1 GHz the processor never seems to be straining even if I multitask a few things. When you close something - it's closed, NOT lurking in the background sucking up resources. LOLz and it is very satisfying to close things by flicking them off the screen. I'm not overly interested in hosting tons of useless apps - the ones I want/need are being found and tested. It's sort of a relief to be able to read through the app catalog(s) quickly and see what is available rather than have my eyeballs spinning from the endless scrolling lists of "who needs this?" crap.
The UI is easy to understand and customize to your own preferences. I've found working with webOS a pleasure rather than a chore. Trust me, I am persistent and poke away at things and get them to work. Stubborn I guess, and while that is satisfying in a "I conquered it" sort of way it really should not be a struggle for the average user to make their device behave the way they want and webOS hasn't made me feel any struggle yet.
Soon as I have time I'll be installing Preware and broadening the possibilities of the device. I'm really looking forward to it.
Maybe soon I'll love it so much I'll start a search and purchase hunt for a North America compatible Pre 3.