smIt is not uncommon for me to attempt to follow a sporting event while away from a radio, TV or home computer source. Up until now, I have relied on my phone, the Palm Centro, to keep me informed and for the most part it did a serviceable job. There were two main issues though, both of which I am extremely pleased to find out the Pre has solved.
First, whenever because the Centro's web browser would not auto-refresh, following sports required me to constantly refresh the page manually. In the Centro, using Opera Mini, I would have to … Read more
I understand that the Palm profiles we create when we set up the Pre backs up certain device info; however, I have read at PreCentral that not everything is backed up. Since I am planning to return one of the two Pres I currently have in the next couple days, I was concerned about losing photos (primarily) that I had taken with my first Pre. This issue and my general curiosity prompted me to play with back-up and syncing options. Here's an article about this subject for further reading.
Syncing with iTunes
This process works pretty seamlessly. Aside from the fact that protected media (TV, video, games, and some music) won't sync, the Pre syncs with other content as an ipod would. That's been pretty well documented.
Using Pre as a USB Drive
This option, offered when you plug the Pre into your computer, is pretty nice for manually adding files to the Pre. I wanted to pick and choose certain pics from different files on my Macbook Pro, for example, and with my Pre connected as a USB drive, I could basically go through files and images and drag and drop the ones I wanted onto the Pre icon that appears on your desktop when you choose this option.
Syncing with "Missing Sync"
Prior to trying a corded sync last night, I had only attempted the automatic "proximity sync" with "Missing Sync" (Beta for Pre) and not had any luck--seems my Pre and Mac just wouldn't play together wirelessly. Last night, when I connected my Pre to my Macbook Pro, "Missing Sync" automatically launched and did its thing. I played with the settings and took a few screen captures so you could see how it works.
I must admit, I love the gesture area and functions of the Palm Pre. Being able to go back to the previous page of an application instead of shutting down and reopening it is genius.
The placement of the gesture area is also wonderful. If the keyboard is open you can just reach up with your thumb and slide back to the previous task. Otherwise, you can use any finger you want. I also like that the gesture area is not actually on the screen because the gesture area gets a lot of the use and the fingerprints … Read more
Digital cameras have come a long way. Now we even have them on our cell phones!
My first cell phone's camera was less than a megapixel, but I thought it was amazing that I could take someone's picture and use it as their called ID photo!
Now, I could print a photo taken with my cell phone's camera. … Read more
A few years ago, a little startup called Grand Central sought to allow people to have one number that they can set up in order to not only protect their real phone number, but have one number that could ring more than one to be sure that the person gets the call. It was such a smash hit that Google bought them in 2007. Now called Google Voice, it integrates voice mail with the rest of Google's tools.
I got my Grand Central phone number about two years ago, but I didn't really use it much. At the … Read more
I have never been one to obsess over ring tones. In fact, I have usually just kept the default ring tone, which seemed enough to make me unique enough to stand out amongst the chorus of pop and various other songs. However, playing around with the phone lately, I decided to see what it would take to import a new ring tone.
As it turns out, there are a couple ways. You can import music files through iTunes, through email attachments or downloads. I chose another method though, not being an iTunes user. Connecting my phone to my laptop via … Read more
When I set my phone up, I used the default email settings for gmail and exchange mail, told it to prompt me whenever an app wants to use the GPS. I haven't used the … Read more