Just when I was about to throw my hands in the air. Palm has done it again.
Several weeks ago my Treo lunched. It lost all of my contacts and really pissed me off. So I started looking for a new phone, but mostly new excuses to buy an iPhone. Except iPhones don't tether and I'd be stuck with AT&T. I'd much rather get on Verizon, but merely for one reason which is that I'd get better coverage. But that mostly means better coverage at my house which is a Sprint dead zone. I love Sprint's plan - unlimited digital for a simple flat rate, but their coverage leaves me wanting.
The reason my Treo lunched has to do with my PDANet application which stresses it out. Before using PDANet my Treo never ever gave me any problems. It rebooted maybe 6 times a year. But 6 times a day is not unusual when I've got it tethered to my laptop.
The last phone I looked at, having decided that all of the Verizon phones bite, is the E71 by Nokia. I gotta have a keypad for my texting, period. So I get over to Best Buy just last weekend to put the Nokia in my hands. Yuk. It feels like an eye makeup kit. I mean it looks great but you pick it up and it's too light and too square and too thin. Don't these Nokia guys know anything about ergonomics? HP figured this out 30 years ago with the 12C. What's wrong with you people? Same thing with the HTC Google Phone. Man those HTC phones look awesome in the glossy print ads and the big billboards at OHare, but when you touch them, the feel like they were made by Hasbro. Hasbro Vietnam that is.
So I have waited several months and have been giving my Treo a second chance and now I'm in luck because this Pre looks pretty awesome, so do the hands-on demos that I've seen. I get the feeling that this might be the phone for me. Now I can just be patient.