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My current phone just broke, and they said it will take from 2 to 6 weeks to replace it... and they don't have any smart phones in their lending phone program.. Anyways, It's been 2 days, and I'm dying already, I was thinking about buying a Palm Pre for $130 refurb. Then after I was done with it, use it as a mp3 player. Does that sound like a good idea? I can't use a feature phone, because there are things that I need to do when I'm out and about.

I just don't know anything about it.
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post #2 of 17
I have the original Pre, and I'm actually on it making this post.

Anyway, if it's the original you're looking at, I'd say to consider other choices because:
  1. It's rediculously slow IMO. Hardware isn't quite up to snuff to properly handle the OS.
  2. The outside is cheap-like. Certainly doesn't feel like an expensive phone (like it once was anyway).
  3. The headphone jack can cause you all sorts of problems - this is why I HAVE TO look for a new phone now.
If you're considering the latest version, then you might want to try and check it out yourself - they might have fixed a lot of the original's faults.
 
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Thanks for the post, I've herd a lot people say it's slow. It is the very original Pre that came out in like June of 2009? (I think)
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post #4 of 17
The pre is slow, but it can be readily overclocked to 900+ mhz.

What the other user has said is true, the headphone jack is fickle, and the build quality isn't the best.

I rather enjoy mine, all things considered, however, I'll be looking to the Pre 3 when it ships this summer.
    
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Whats the problem with the headphone jack? like the location/usability? or does the sound cut out ..etc?

What's the stock speed? and does overclocking it hinder battery noticeably?
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The reason why I have to look for a new phone now is because the phone thinks I have a pair of headphones attached to it at all times. That means, I have to get on the speaker when I'm talking on the phone, and that's a problem for me especially if I'm out in public, because now everybody gets to hear my conversations (before anybody mentions it, I hate having to wear any kind of headphones)!!! It was fixable for me for a while just getting dust and whatnot out of the jack, but now that won't even work.

As far as OC'ing goes, I really couldn't tell you. I was going to do that, but then my headphone jack wouldn't work anymore, so I decided that it wouldn't even matter.

I want to hold off and wait for another Palm phone, because I think the OS is awesome, but I don't think I'll be seeing any come to Sprint soon, so I'm probably gonna have to go with Android.
 
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Yeah, the headphone jack sometimes freaks out and forgets that you've unplugged the cable, so in order to hear your conversations at all you have to use the speaker phone.

This is completely avoidable if you stick to bluetooth paired headphones



My jack doesn't always stick, there are tips on the pre forums to deal with it.
    
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some help with your headphone issue:

http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...sound-fix.html
    
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I have been a Pre+ user for a year now.

The build quality of the phone is OK at best. The OS though, is a FANTASTIC mobile platform. The notification system is TOP NOTCH. The homebrew community is amazing. An overclocked Pre is a beautiful thing. If you aren't scared of digging into things, a pre is a good deal.

I am eligible for an update on another line and I am seriously considering a move to the Android platform. The lack of support for Pre/Pre+ is pretty shocking. The homebrew community is taking care of us the best they can, but I believe it speaks poorly to HP's commitment to the older hardware.
    
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post #10 of 17
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I tihkn I'm going to pick one up,, I mean.. It'll give me something to play with, a phone to use.. and for $130 for a refurb.. I can probably sell it for that much once I'm done with it.

A 1Ghz overclocked pre apparently only takes a 4% battery hit, and looks surprisingly fast!
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