Originally Posted by addabox
Several reviewers have mentioned that the Pre is somewhat let down by its hardware, which is variously described as "cheap feeling" or "flimsy." Reviewers have also mentioned the cramped keyboard and inexplicably sharp ridges that surround it.
I have to wonder how that happened-- Palm obviously put a lot of thought into the software, why would they allow their make or break phone go to market with serious ergonomic or durability issues?
I'm not just randomly bashing the Pre, here. Palm obviously made some smart choice in their OS and UI design. But if they tried to cut corners in manufacturing, and the Pre gets a rep as being not durable or awkward, that could be a huge problem. Palm's walking a tightrope, they really have to get this right. If bad word of mouth depresses Sprint sales, Verizon may rethink their deal to carry it.
I also have to wonder about how that slider keyboard is going to work with apps in landscape-- did Palm make anything with text entry non-orientable?
Anyway, all of that are the kinds of things that don't become evident until people are using the phone day to day. Maybe those things are fine-- maybe the phone is perfectly durable despite feeling a little cheap in the hand, maybe the ridges aren't any big deal, maybe people just won't use text entry apps in landscape. Maybe all of those things won't matter because people will dig the OS and UI so much they'll look past any shortcomings (as was the case with the iPhone).
But it really remains to be seen exactly what kind of device this is in everyday life.
It took me almost an hour to get back on the site tonight. Somethings happening with the software or hardware again. It's still slow.
Anyway, to your post.
You bring up a good point about the landscape programs, which I assume they will have.
I say assume, for two reasons; one, I haven't seen them, and two, some of them that would normally be landscape, are not.
The GPS turn app is not, even though you would think it would be.
Possibly, there are fewer than we would expect from a phone with an accelerometer.
The reason for the rim around the bottom and the sides of the keyboard are so when pushed in, the keyboard edges are sealed, and flush against the body of the phone. Not a great design, but I guess it was required from their decision on the shape of the keyboard..
While overall, the Pre seems to have a lot going for it, there are odd lapses as well.
Even with a supposedly faster cpu, a 4 MB PDF freezes the phone.
You can't download MP3s from Amazon through EV-DO.
Lots of problems with video play.
Quite a few others.
While it's a nice first try, as Engadget says, the world has moved on since the first iPhone.