Last week I took the show on the road, testing the Palm Pre Plus at Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas. Expectations were high that the Palm Pre would serve as my personal concierge while at this blogging conference.
Email and text messages flowed in from my family and business contacts, so I felt supremely connected while on this business trip. But many smart phones can meet these baseline needs. I needed more'??directions, reservations and search power.
One night the conference was had an off-site event. After the Fotofest exhibit I had dinner plans with a few blogging pals. To research restaurants, I used the free download Good Food. This application gave reviews and allowed me to make a reservation quickly and conveniently. I wish there was a link to the menu, but I did get a good feel for Reef, the Houston seafood restaurant we selected. Plus after the meal I could weigh in with my opinion (and I am never short on opinions).
After dinner we were sated and a little exhausted. Houston isn'??t a town where you jump outside and hail a cab. I decided to map out the route from the restaurant to the hotel on Google Maps.
I was able to locate my current location and then choose, get directions. I searched for the hotel and found out we were less than two miles away. Bingo! This meant the free hotel shuttle would pick us up since it was in the magic two-mile radius.
Trouble alert'??no one had the number for the hotel. Not a problem for the Palm Pre Plus. The VZ navigator search works at warp speed. When the hotel search came up I was able to tap the link and directly dial from the search'??no need to grab a pencil and write the number down or to memorize the digits (frankly, there isn'??t much available space in my noggin for phone numbers).
Connectivity was key and the Palm Pre delivered. But now the downside. The flash on the Palm Pre Plus continuously delivered grainy pictures. Check out this shot from the Mad Men event. Not good. I was really tweaked that I didn'??t get one decent shot from the dinner or gallery show. The women with '??real'? cameras left with memorable images'??I missed out.
Win it! At the end of this experiment, I will be giving away a brand new Palm Pre Plus! In the weeks leading up to that contest, Momtrends will be giving away three $25 Verizon gift certificates. This week, you'll need to leave a comment telling me why you want to try the Palm Pre Plus. One winner will be picked at random next Monday 2/22 and sent a $25 gift card.
Be sure to add your contact email. Contest open to US & Canada residents ages 18 and over. Contest ends 2/28/10. Winners will be selected by random.org. Winners will be announced on a blog post. If winner fails to respond in three days a new winner will be chosen.
I wrote this review while working on a Verizon Palm Pre Plus campaign by TheMotherhood.com on behalf of Verizon Wireless and have been given a Palm Pre Plus (and prizes for giveaways) to facilitate my review.