It has been a little over 8 months since the Palm Pre was released to the public, and its just this week that Palm has finally released a Video Recorder as part of the operating system upgrade for webOS 1.4.
My initial tests with the video recorder generated video in .mpg4 that looks pretty good on the phone itself, a 60 second video takes up just under 40 megabytes of space on the phones memory.
It comes setup with a YouTube and Facebook video uploader, but neither one of them worked the first 3 days, I used the video recorder.
But finally today, I was able to upload one of those videos successfully to YouTube so maybe the bugs are getting chased out of the new system.
So from my perspective, I am a mobile video blogger once again! I haven’t had this capability on a smart phone in almost 2 years since my Treo 700P on Verizon died and was replaced under warranty for the 5th time and I switched to a non-smart phone so I could actually make and receive phone calls.
You can also email videos with the Palm Pre but for some reason you are capped at sending videos of no more than 17 seconds (about 10 megabytes), which is very different from the Treo, which allowed you to send and attachment as large as the receiving email system would allow.
The webOS 1.4 update has a few other changes. The buttons look ‘cooler’ and when you launch any given application, a slightly smaller than full screen image of the application shows up immediately on the screen as if your Pre is doing something, but unfortunately, the actual launch of almost all applications from the point of pushing the button to the point of actually being able to do something with the application seems to be a couple seconds slower. (Score one for Form over Function!)
All in all, I’m still very happy with my Palm Pre. Glad Palm finally decided to meet the minimum market standards for a smart phone by adding video. I could never understand why Palm followed in Apple’s moronic foot steps and decided not to include video on the Pre (a year after Apple made the same mistake). Regardless, I’m glad video recording is here now, and from my perspective the Palm Pre is now a fully functional smart phone.