Comments on: Sprint Palm Pre Webinar Videos Posted

Sprint Palm Pre WebinarSprint has posted a number of video clips of the Palm Pre webinar which was held last week. The main video is a 10 minute demo of the Palm Pre by Palm's Product Line Manager, Matt Crowley. Matt talks about the Palm Pre hardware, features and demonstrates a number of apps including the Calendar, web browsing, universal search, phone calls and the Touchstone accessory.

Sprint has also created a Pre focused Youtube channel and you can catch the video embed after the break. They've also uploaded the Q&A session that followed but have broken it up into 12 various clips, which can be found here.

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It looks neat, but....

mwrob @ 3/19/2009 7:25:21 AM # Q
All the demos I have seen show people using the Pre with 2 hands. One handed use is very important to me.

Also, did you see that it took him 5 flicks to get that contact off the screen?

RE: It looks neat, but....
SeldomVisitor @ 3/19/2009 8:04:55 AM # Q
Yeah, they need to "fine tune" that a little...

RE: It looks neat, but....
Jorin @ 3/20/2009 10:30:01 AM # Q
He wasn't actually flicking, he's just gesturing with his finger... which he shouldn't do in a demo like this.
RE: It looks neat, but....
hkklife @ 3/20/2009 11:11:54 AM # Q
You'd better get used to losing one-handed navigation & efficiency. D-pads, physical app shortcut buttons and styli are going the way of the dodo, whether we like it or not. You can thank Apple for that.

While it's true I do not own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or G1 and only owned a BB Storm for a very brief time before returning it, I have found all of them to be inherently less efficient for navigating and recalling data (and let's not even mention how inefficient they are at inputting data!). I've seen little from the Pre that makes me reconsider any of that.

It seems that the industry is taking steps again to look cool, sleek and hip. Jogwheels and 5-way directional pads (and, to a lesser extent, trackballs and styli) were nerdy-looking and dorky, sure, but they were still probably the best method of interacting with a pocket-sized device primarily used for information recall.

And while we all know it's a no-no, let's be realistic and acknowledge that the vast majority of us are going to have to look up a phone number or something while behind the wheel of a car. It's a lot easier to do that one-handed with one of the above methods than having to use 2 hands (1 for holding your device and the other to "flick" and poke inaccurately).
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->?

RE: It looks neat, but....
twrock @ 3/20/2009 3:59:26 PM # Q
^^^ Preach it brother!

Yep, style over function, every time.

"twrock is infamous around these parts" (from my profile over at Brighthand due to my negative 62 rep points rating)

RE: It looks neat, but....
analogue wings @ 3/25/2009 7:45:28 PM # Q
He's gesturing in the air to demonstrate the gesture before he actually does it "on" the screen.
IIIc -> M105 -> Zire 21 -> Tungsten T2 -> Treo 650 -> HTC TyTN II :(
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