Palm Pre DIY Tips – How to Use Touch Gestures on the Palm Pre!

Well, I have been doing a lot of fiddling with my new smartphone Palm Pre.

Since I don’t like reading instructions when I do things and try to figure things out myself, I didn’t even realize the full potential of the Palm Pre on my first day.

UPDATE: Palm Pre now available on Amazon!

I decided to swallow my DIY-ego and read the instructions today.  Well, it turns out there’s more apps on the Palm Pre than I imagined after learning that apps also exists laterally, not just horizontally.

Anyways, here’s a quick video explaining how to use Palm Pre’s basic touch functions and gestures:


Here’s a quick roundup of how to use the Palm Pre:

  • Press the Launcher button (the arrow on the bottom right) to launch any apps you’d like.  When you are browsing the apps, you can gesture up, down, right, or left to see additional apps.  My first day I didn’t know apps existed on the right and didn’t use 75% of the apps so… don’t do that.
  • The power button on the upper-right hand corner of your Palm Pre can be used to put your phone in sleep mode or wake from it by pressing it once.  You can also hold on to the power button and turn the Ringer button ON/OFF 3 times to reset your phone.
  • Press the center button to see “bird’s eye view” of the apps.  For example, you want to switch to your GMail while browsing the Web, you can press the center button to switch to another app.
  • To close an app, simply press the center button, then drag your app up and out of the screen.
  • To go back to previous page/action, simply gesture from right-bottom to the center button.  This one is really useful or the most useful touch gesture on the Palm Pre as you can use it for going back a page on the Web browser or anytime you want to go “back” one step.  This is probably the function that is most useful over an iPhone as you don’t have to worry about the back button and whatnot.
  • Tap the top-right battery icon to check your Palm Pre’s battery level, connect to a WiFi hotspot, turn ON/OFF bluetooth, or put the phone on “Airplane Mode”.
  • Tap the wireless icon to

That’s about it I guess for using the Palm Pre’s basic functions.  Of course, don’t forget to read the Palm Pre manual, it will save you a lot of time!

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