Thinks of Applications as Activity Cards

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2009-06-23 Print this article Print

Reason No. 7: The Palm Pre thinks of applications as activity cards

The Palm Pre thinks of applications as "activity cards" and lets you flip through them, move them around or throw them away. This takes the idea of an application or data being represented on the display as a "card" that can be easily managed via gestures.

Reason No. 8: The Palm Pre comes with media sync

The Palm Pre comes with media sync that makes it easy to sync up with iTunes, which has now become the default music library on PCs. Apple should commend Palm for honoring iTunes as the PC music library, so users can continue to enjoy building their music library and then play those songs using the Palm Pre while they are out and about.

Reason No. 9: The Palm Pre has built-in e-mail

The Palm Pre has built-in e-mail so that users can easily set up their personal e-mail. And, companies such as Good Technology will provide e-mail services for enterprises (Good Mobile Services) and enhanced services for consumers (Good for You).

Reason No. 10: The Palm Pre's UI goes to the next level

The Palm Pre's UI goes to the next level in smartphones: It's intuitive and classy. You can pick up and move the control bar with your finger, it has pinch and expand, and it's more intuitive than the iPhone-which is achieved by a number of small things that simply make it very natural and easy to use. The way in which multiple Web pages are displayed and rotated, the way things are picked up, and the way to get back to somewhere else all seem to be done in a very well-thought-out and natural manner.

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then IÔÇÖll disclose it at that time.

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