[My impressions as I unbox the Palm Pre for this test drive.]
So, as I mentioned in a prior post, this Pre unboxing is my second (why I have referred to this Pre as my "new new Pre"). I purchased my first Pre a couple weeks ago from my local Sprint store.
The first thing I notice as I pull this Pre out of the Fex Ex box is the color on the side of the Pre box: black. The color of the box of my first Pre, purchased on June 16th, was orange.
Meaningful or not, there has been some discussion on the Pre Central forum about the color of the box possibly having some correlation to the hardware inside--namely, the speculation is that black box Pres come from an earlier build/release and, perhaps, have more hardware problems: loose slider, separating halves, dead pixels, white/hot spots on screen, and various battery issues.
Because I had read about all of this, the first thing I did was check the hardware for any of these issues. I found none; however, I did notice some residue of either glue or tape on the back side that seemed odd and made me think the phone I was sent could be refurbished--perhaps it's a launch phone that had been returned and fixed? I don't suppose it matters as long as everything works (the phone was free after all).
In any case, I found no hardware problems with this new new Pre from the black box. The phone feels solid in my hand, opens smoothly, closes with a secure-feeling click, and all of the buttons seem to work as they were meant to. A number of early reviewers noted the sharpness of the edges surrounding the keyboard. Though I see what they are talking about, I find this to be a non-issue (not noticeable at all) when using the keypad.… Read more