Pre owner since, oh, October or so.
I like it quite a bit. I used to carry around an old Tungsten T3, plus my cell phone; having a Palm actually be my phone means I carry one less device, which is always nice.
The touch screen looks great and is responsive enough for my light usage. At first, I felt that the applications seemed kinda “feature-stripped”, but I now reckon that they’ve just kept things simple to make it more intuitive and less cluttered. I’ve never had a phone with a full keyboard before, and even though it’s tiny, it works quite well even with my bug klutzy fingers.
My one complaint is that there isn’t any way to upgrade the storage; it has 8 gigs built in, which should be plenty for now, but I’m a little paranoid about needing more space later. Although you can’t blame them, really; I have no idea where they’d fit a micro-SD slot on this sucker.
I do have a Touchstone charger, and it’s great; opening that little door is irritating, and I’m sure would cause it to break prematurely. I’ve never noticed the Pre getting any more than slightly warm during or after charging. The Touchstone comes with a new backplate you’ll have to put on the phone, which is a very minor operation. The new backplate has a sort of “matte” finish rather than the slick finish of the rest of the case, and it has, I believe, two little magnets in it that align the phone on the base for charging.
The 3G works very well, when I’ve been in cities that have it (can you believe my home city has 4G, but not 3G? suck…). The Pre can also connect to WiFi networks, if you’re somewhere without 3G, and the speed boost is nice; mine connects to my home and work networks with no problems. Using WiFi does drain the battery faster, though.
About how it works as a phone: superb. The sound quality is excellent, and it doesn’t feel like a “toy”. I should note, though, that I did have one problem within a week of first getting a Pre: it apparently contains a sensor that detects the angle you’re holding it at, so that it can automatically turn off the screen while you’re on the phone, but turn it back on when you take it away from your ear to, say, hang up and whatnot. Well, that sensor apparently was wonky on that first Pre, because after putting it up to my head, the screen wouldn’t turn back on unless I reset the phone. Since it takes a couple of minutes for the phone to boot up, that wasn’t an option. So, had to do an exchange, and the second one has worked like a champ ever since. I’ve only heard of one other person having the same problem.