20 Palm Pre apps you should try today
15th Jun 2009 | 10:45
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Just in the first week following the US launch of the Palm Pre , a handful of new, third-party Palm Pre apps have appeared including one that lets you collect credit card payments and a few data sync tools, joining the original 15 or so apps available in the App Catalog. (This is in addition to a dozen or so apps pre-installed on the device when you buy one.)
Palm has a long way to go to hit the 5,000 apps available for the G1 (many of them designed for very specific purposes) and the 50,000 apps for the iPhone.
So it's early days yet for the Palm Pre, but here is a round-up of the best Palm Pre apps currently available.
Citysearch is one of the best apps that takes advantage of the built-in GOS capability. It finds your location automatically and then recommends nearby restaurants, cafes, and movie theatres.
There are also listings for banks, shopping centers, and hotels – all with user ratings and an address. You can click an Options button to see a map of the location, write your own review, share the link, or visit the web site for the destination.
The Classic app on the Palm Pre is – curiously – not something that Palm created. It was developed by MotionApps, and the main claim to fame here is that Palm OS apps run about twice as fast as they do on older models, such as the Palm Treo.
You can use your finger to control the apps as well, although none of them are designed for the Pre and are not able to connect to other apps or run on their own card.
EA's one and only game so far for the Palm Pre is the classic game Connect 4. You can play solo against an AI opponent (with several difficult settings) or in multiplayer against other Pre users.
Unfortunately, the game is exactly the same in every way as the real-life version. As such, it presents a good challenge but has little long-term appeal compared to the more complicated, gameplay-rich offerings on the iPhone.
With ExpressStocks, you can see a quick thumbnail digest of any stock you want, adding as many as you want to the main screen, viewing overall market fluctuations, reading up on the latest financial news, and checking for those companies that have gained or lost the most shares.
The app doesn't include the lengthy commentary found at Google Finance or the wealth of graphical data for helping you decide if you want to buy a stock.
This movie-search app operates almost exactly like the popular web site, yet it taps into the GPS location service on the Pre. You can view which movies are playing in the theatre and then search by proximity to see show times.
There are simple fan ratings, but not the aggregated content from Rotten Tomatoes and sites of that ilk that show you all of the recent reviews from major critics.
Sometimes, the only information you need on your smartphone is the when and the where. FlightView helps you find a specific flight and whether it is on time, which helps you with your own travel or if you are picking up someone from the airport.
This free app from Intuit works with the GoPayment system, that costs about $20 per month plus transaction fees. It is designed to help mobile users collect a payment with their phone. Intuit also offers two different kinds of Bluetooth card readers you can carry along with you.
Almost exactly like Citysearch with a more social networking theme, LikeMe presents options for where to eat and what to do.
As expected, LinkedIn offers a client to keep track of your business associates. Unfortunately, unlike the Facebook and Gmail contacts list, your LinkedIn contacts are not integrated into the phone, so this is purely a replacement for the mobile version of LinkedIn.com.
Released just last week, the MissingSync utility is meant to sync up your contacts, tasks, notes, and other organizational data with your PC or Mac.
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New York Times Reader
These tiny snippets of the daily news, fed from the New York Times, are just about the right size for a quick news update on the Pre.
One of the best music radio clients on the web, this pocket sized version works exactly the same – you type in an artist name and listen to songs that are similar. Streaming worked perfectly on our Pre over a 5Mbps Wi-Fi connection.
Almost the exact same functions as MissingSync, this holdover from the early days of Palm worked like a charm for contacts, calender, and tasks.
A virtual library tool, Shortcovers helps you keep track of what you are reading and share your list with other users.
Spaz is a Twitter aggregator that lets you keep track of Twitter feeds, search postings, and add favorites.
One of the few truly interesting games on the Pre, SpeedBrain is addictive because it's a memory game where you have to click whether an image matches the previously shown graphic, and because you can track high scores.
The client we downloaded for Sporting News (a US magazine and website) showed all of the Major League Baseball scores. You can also show the stats for your favourite team.
Soduku fans don't have to forgo their daily routine just because they own a Palm Pre – thankfully, there is a client with multiple puzzles to try.
The Palm Pre is an exceptional social networking device, and the Tweed client helps you post your status quickly for all to see and track feeds from other users. It doesn't have quite the same search functions as Spaz but is more directly tied to the popular status update service.
The Where client for Palm Pre functions exactly like the one for iPhone, listing interesting eateries nearby, gas station prices, and other travel related data.
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