Official Palm Pre Thread - page 2
Since the Palm® Pre™ (the much touted iphone killer) is now available on Sprint network we need a place to post nursing related impressions, apps, etc. for this phone/pda. There are many wonderful... Read More
Jan 6, '10I'm currently looking at getting an android based phone instead of the PRE. Since WebOS, the PRE Operating System, is only used on 2 phones on a single carrier the development base just isn't there and probably never will be. Sad really as from what I've heard the PRE is snappier and smoother than the android based phones and the way it merges e-mail accounts, calenders, Instant messaging, etc. is unrivaled.
Palm thought it could replicate Apple's success with the Iphone by following the same model. The problem is that apple invented a new category of phone and as apple had no serious competition for nearly 2 years app development thrived. Android will succeed where WebOS failed as the operating system is available on several phones from several companies spread across multiple carriers. (think Windows vs Mac, windows became a dominant force by being available on hardware from anyone that wanted to build a PC, MacOS ran on hardware made only by Apple). Also Android has given open access to developers from day one to build apps and improve the OS, The Software Develomenet Kit (SDK) for WebOS wasn't available to the public until well after the PRE was launched.
Another problem for the PRE seems to be that developers that have software that ran on PalmOS seem content that their sometimes years old software will run on the Pre using the Classic interface. So your top of the line touchscreen smartphone is stuck using antique interface. Kind of like running a windows 3.1 emulator on your brand new Windows 7 machine. And you cant blame them really... would you port your software to a phone/OS available only to sprint customers or make it available for an OS that anyone can use?
I have already found several free and Fee based nursing apps for Android and no native WebOS nursing apps (you have to run old ones on Classic interface).
Since I am a sprint customer I have decided to go with the Samsung Moment ( I like having a full sized QWERTY keyboard). The Hero is excellent touch screen only version for Sprint and the Droid, and Droid Eris, etc are all equally as nice for Verizon.
Feb 25, '10My dh and I both have the verizon palm pre plus. No problems and same great phone reception. The pda is fast. Not a great amount of software - dependents on wht you are looking for. Epocrates has a webos software that I just downloaded. The skyscape needs to run in classic mode but a rep from the company is checking on a webos update?
Feb 26, '10First of all I wanted to thank Keith for starting this thread. It helped me a lot last summer to make my decision about buying the pre when little was known about it. I purchased a palm pre last Summer. I have been quite busy withbut the palm pre now has two medical applications that you can try for free. One of course is the Epocrates free drug program. There is also one called PIPID that has excellent credentials and is similar to nursing central with many programs that work within the main program. Mine has Stedmans dictionary, DDX generator, LAB stuff, meds and a ton of content related to different dx and what to look for. Also has IV drip rates and calculators where you just punch in the numbers and it does everything for you. I've had the app for 3 weeks now and I'm using it all the time and getting used to the program. I have compared the material to what's in my texts and it seems to be right on the money. So, if you are looking for medical software FINALLY there is some available.
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Mar 15, '10I ended up getting a motorola droid it's a pretty badasss phone I just gotta find software for the android OS.
anybody else got an android phone?
Mar 21, '10Quote from jive shamanYup, I have the Droid too. LOVE IT! The nursing apps are out there. Check out Android Market. They have the apps from epocrates, skyscape, and unbound medicine available.I ended up getting a motorola droid it's a pretty badasss phone I just gotta find software for the android OS.
anybody else got an android phone?