So you got a shiny new Palm Pre. Congratulations. In part one of this 12-part video tutorial series, Jay Goldman explains ...
the Palm Pre hardware and does a side-by-side comparison of the Palm Pre to the Apple iPhone.
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Palm Pre Basics -- part one of twelve: An introduction to the Palm Pre.
Jay Goldman: Hi, I'm Jay Goldman, host of Mr. Mobile. Today, we're going to take a look at the new Palm Pre and give you a quick tour of the hardware. The Pres are really nicely sized device that was actually inspired by the shape of a rounded river pebble, so you can actually feel that in the roundness of the back of the case.
It's got a 320X480 pixel capacity of a touch screen which is similar to the iPhone, in fact it has the same resolution as the iPhone, although it is slightly smaller which gives it a bit of a crisper feel, so the screen actually displays the same the total number of pixels but the pixels are smaller and closer together. There's this full QWERTY keyboard inside of the Pre, so you slide open to access it. And these keys have a really nice rubbery with a good click. So it's actually quite nice typing on it, if you've got larger fingers you may have a bit of trouble but otherwise it's a great Smartphone keyboard.
One thing to note, when you opened it up, this bottom edge is really, if you Google for precutting cheese, you'll actually that it sharp enough to cut through a block of cheese. These side rails at the back are also really sharp, so just be careful when you're using the device to not cut your hand.
There's a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top and the Pre comes with the fairly standard set of in-ear bud headphones, so you can plug-in any headphones that you'd like to use with it. There's a micro USB port on the side here, for charging the device. If you've got the optional touchstone, you don't need to use the USB port to charge but you do need to use it to sync.
The Pre comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back with a built-in LED flash. Unlike the iPhone this doesn't autofocus for video, so it's only good for still photos but the flash does help in lowlight conditions. Side of the phone has volume rocker buttons for going up and down. On the top, you'll find a mute switch which let's me lock the phone so that it doesn't play any sound, and a lock button that let's me lock the screen and put the phone to sleep.
This Pre has the touchtone back installed which has a slightly rubberized feeling to it and makes it a little bit easier to hold on to the device, by default it has a glossy black back that matches the front. So if you get the touchstone as an upgrade it includes the separate back that you pop on. And the touchstone itself works by charging through induction so you basically pop the phone, it looks into position and it charges.
Stay tuned to rest of the series for look at some of the software and applications on the Pre. Thanks for watching.
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