Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time to Reboot My Palm Pre

Earlier today I received the dreaded webOS "too many cards open" error message and was forced to reboot my Sprint edition Palm Pre smart(er)phone.

The funny thing about the error was that I didn't have any cards open at the time. I know that Palm is working on fixing mutlitasking issues with webOS and that is a good think. But I still don't have to like rebooting. Besides, it takes forever, doesn't it?

The answer to that question is, "Not really." I waited with my finger poised hovering over the Restart button waiting for the clock on my phone to advance to the next minute. When I saw the time rollover, I jabbed at the Restart button an let webOS do it's thing.

It turns out that "forever" is really about 3 minutes. Not took bad, and certain less than forever. I know it can seem like forever when you are waiting for the the phone to close up shop, reboot, and reload everything. Sorta like a watched pot will never boil kind of thing.

Fortunately for me, I don't get the too many cards error message on my Pre. Maybe it's because I don't load too many third-party apps on my Pre. Na. Maybe it's because I don't keep a lot of cards open all the time. Na. I'm not sure, really, why I don't get the error message as often as some people report. It probably really does relate back to how we all use our phones and how webOS handles multi-tasking and background tasks. Then again, I'm not a software developer, so I can't say for sure.

Anyway, the time to bet is 3 minutes to reboot a Palm Pre smartphone. I'll have to reboot my 8GB 2G (first generation) Apple iPhone and see how long it takes to start up. Could be interesting.
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