15 Questions (and answers) about the Palm Pre and webOS

Palm_Pre_Standing PCMag managed to catch some top executives from Palm and Sprint and make them answer the following questions:

1.) How much will the Pre cost?
Palm and Sprint haven't set the price yet. But analysts hope it will be $199 or $249 with a two-year contract.

2.) What will Pre service plans look like?
The Pre's data plans will be more like the Samsung Instinct's plans than any other Sprint phone model, a Sprint rep said.

3.) Will other U.S. carriers get the Pre?
At least 90 days after Sprint does, but maybe as much as 6 months later.

4.) Will there be other Pre models?
Yes. There will be different models, in different shapes and sizes. According to a tipster, the next Pre may be a lower-cost, candybar-style phone without a QWERTY keyboard.

5.) Will there be a GSM Pre?
Yes. Palm is anticipated to announce a GSM/UMTS model for Europe and Asia in mid-February.

 6.) When will foreign carriers get the Pre?
Palm expects to address this at a press conference at Mobile World Congress in mid-February.

7.) How do I get my personal info into the Pre?
While the Pre won't come with desktop software, there will be solutions for people to get their Palm Desktop or Outlook info, and info from earlier Treo and Centro models, into the Pre.

Palm_Pre_Side8.) Will the Pre run Palm OS apps?
Not initially, but a third party could write a Palm OS emulator.

9.) How do you get music and video onto the Pre?
You can drag and drop it over from your PC using USB mass storage, or buy songs on the device using a built in Amazon MP3 Store client.

10.) What will the app store look like?
I saw it; it has a page of featured apps with star ratings below them. It looks a lot like the Apple app store.

11.) How about the SDK?
The SDK will be called Mojo, and will have APIs to extend Javascript to access hardware features of the device, Palm reps said. There are things you won't be able to do in the 1.0 SDK, like write directly to the frame buffer. But you'll be able to access all the core phone databases.

12.) How does the browser work?
The browser is based on WebKit, like Apple's Safari. It supports streaming video in RTSP, H.263 and H.264 formats, but not Flash. However, I'm almost 100 percent sure Palm and Adobe are working on a Flash plug-in right now.

13.) Will there be restrictions on apps?
Palm will certify all developers and approve all apps, but only to make sure they work properly. They won't kill apps for content-related reasons like Apple does. Think Android, not iPhone.

14.) Is webOS Linux based?
Yes, but developers won't get access to the Linux core.

15.) When will we hear more?
At both Mobile World Congress in mid-February and the CTIA trade show in late March—but probably also more often, and sooner, than that.

Source: PCMag

I would like to add another question, for myself:

16.) Mr. spoon, are you going to buy the Palm Pre?

Yes. I will. For sure. The moment I can. Definitely. I do. Let's meet the parents.


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Anonymous said…
Oh man, it really pin pointed my thoughts- i can't wait to hear about your user exprience with the new device once you get one