Hello, and a hearty welcome to Palm Pre For Dummies! This book has been written with absolutely everyone in mind. Whether you're a new Pre owner, a longtime Pre user (dare I say Pre fanatic?), just looking for some quick pointers — or you're simply trying to decide whether the Pre is right for you — this book can take you where you need to go.
But first, perhaps a little background is in order: just what is the Pre, exactly? Palm is a longtime veteran of the electronic organizer and smartphone industries, and there's a good chance you've owned a Palm device in the past or know someone who does. Pre is the first Palm smartphone, though, to run an entirely new operating system — webOS — which was built from the ground up to power some of the most attractive and easiest-to-use smartphones in the world.
webOS is a revolutionary mobile OS for a number of reasons that you'll discover throughout this book, but allow me to touch on a few of the key points here.
webOs and Synergy. First, webOS employs something that Palm calls Synergy, which is a technology that you'll hear me echo countless times in the chapters ahead because it's so central to everything that webOS is about. In brief, Synergy seeks to collect information from dozens of sources in your life and pool them into a single place — your phone. Why should you have to go to one application to access your Gmail and another to access your corporate e-mail? Why should you have to look through three different address books ...