Question for those who switched from Palm Pre
So until something with better hardware comes out with WebOS, I'm making the switch to the Epic later in the week. Who knows, maybe I'll love it so much that I won't ever switch back...
So, I know how big of a long shot this is, but I was wondering if anyone had found a way to extract text message history from the Pre, and import it into Android. I'm guessing the answer is no, but thought it couldn't hurt to ask you fine people.
- 12-12-2010, 07:13 PM #2
- 12-12-2010, 07:26 PM #4
I suppose if you really needed them, you could forward them to someone else, switch phones, and then have that person forward them to your Epic. Sorry I don't have a better suggestion - but I don't know much about the Pre.
- 12-12-2010, 07:32 PM #5
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Last edited by Donmeister85; 12-13-2010 at 08:25 AM.
- 12-12-2010, 09:40 PM #6
yea trust me, i came from the pixi then to the pre and then to the evo and now epic. o and had some bb's as well and nothing can touch the greatness that is epic! however i was talking to my friend at sprint and he said some store might be able to transfer the texts but wasnt sure...
- 12-12-2010, 10:08 PM #7
I had a Pre and loved webOS.
Android rocks. The Epic is amazing. The apps are awesome.
Just a question... I delete all of my text messages about once a month. I've never experienced a situation where I would want to save one long-term (that is what e-mail is for). Forgive me, but why would one want to save text messages?
- 12-12-2010, 11:04 PM #8
- 12-12-2010, 11:46 PM #9
- 12-13-2010, 03:01 AM #10
Simply ....( I forget exactly how its been a minute) the Pre will allow you to copy all of an conversation and I would paste it into an email and save sms like that...when you "copy all" if the segment is really long then u have to do that at different points in the message to get the full message....
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- 12-13-2010, 07:34 AM #11
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I'll echo what most have said...I had a Pre for a year then switched to the Epic 4g and have zero regrets. I really really really liked my Pre and WebOS for the most part but the speed and flexibility of the Epic win out any time. There was a bit of an adjustment period but once I learned Android I really couldn't imagine going back. Plus I've been really disappointed with what looks to be the Pre's successor so you can count me as one of the many happy Epic converts.
This may be a dumb question as a follow up to a question, but whatever happened to BitPim? Do those guys do much in the way of android phones or is it mostly unnecessary now that its much easier for the end user to get into the guts of their phones? Could something like that possibly help to extract the sms stuff from his Pre?
- 12-13-2010, 08:00 AM #12
Also switched from the Pre (last week). I loved WebOS and held on for 6 months past my upgrade date, but when Epocrates announced they're pulling out of WebOS, I wad done.
I do NOT regret the change. The Epic is a dramatically better device (In fact, the day before I switched, a screw fell out of my Pre. Not sure from where, but that can't be a good reflection of build quality. Android is quick! and smooth. The app choices are also fantastic.
- 12-13-2010, 08:35 AM #13
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Anyways, to the OP, if you have Internalz on your phone, you can look for a file called PalmDatabase.db3. Don't quite remember the location atm. It's possible to save this to your computer so you can at least access it there. You can view it using either notepad, or even Microsoft Word, but the formatting will be way off. There is another program used specifically to view the contents of .db3 files, but I can't remember where it is, or what it's called. I'll see if I can dig it up when I get some spare time, unless you beat me to it.
- 12-13-2010, 10:29 AM #14
If you are new to Android, check this link out from the main forum menu for the Getting Started with Android - Tips and Tricks:
. . .
Even on a fast phone like the Epic, you can eventually end up on an episode of Hoarders with the fire department having to rescue you. We have had countless people say that after a few months their phone had gotten so slow as to be hard to use. Sometimes it is all the junk they have been hoarding. Bad apps and widgets also running are the other main issues.
So for this reason the advice in the Messaging Tips and Tricks section is to set the Message app to automatically delete all messages past 100 or so in a conversation. The steps are given there.
If you are coming from webOS, this section is for you:
Palm webOS Homebrewer's Guide to Android
You know how for a year and a half, developers kept coming up with amazing patches for webOS? And Palm would not listen?
Google did. Over 130 of our favorite Patches are options in Android. This guide shows you where they all are.— Milo
← Tap Getting Started at the top of any page for help with:
- Settings - Email - Backup Everything - Phone - Messaging - Music & Photo Sync
- Keyboards — Folders - Favorite Apps - Extending Battery Life - My Avatar
- iPhone User's Guide to Android - (Palm) - Tablet & Phone Comparison - Epic4GT - ATT - TM
If this helped, please click ↓Thanks & Like↓
Wow, thanks for all the positive comments and helpful insights!
I'm going to try and figure out how to copy an entire conversation and just put it in an email; that seems like the best option. I also have ripped out the db3 file for further extraction if needed.
Thanks again everyone!
- 12-19-2010, 01:40 AM #16
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I had a program thats called TREODESKTOP, it would extract your CALL lists AND your TEXTS and save them, you had to run it with SYNC program. If you had to do a hard reset to your palm, you could just resync from your computers soft ware back up and it would ALSO put all your texts and call lists from the last time you did a sync, back on your palm/treo.
I'm no phone tech, but there were threads that I have read where it tells you how to save and import your contacts from SNYC to your EPIC, but I didnt do it, just did them manually one day, kept me busy and gave me a change to play with the phone.
- 12-19-2010, 12:53 PM #18
I think I'm a little bit late in this, but if you install Preware and then Save/Restore, you can backup your SMS messages as an HTML file. They can't be restored to anything (including another webOS device), but at least you'll have them in a readable/searchable file.
- 12-20-2010, 07:23 PM #20
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- 12-28-2010, 03:12 AM #22
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i really enjoyed my pre and web os and after having the epic for about 3 months i can say i prefer Web OS over android. Web OS seemed smoother and more intuative however the hardware did lack and the community was alot smaller. Because of that i will stick with android. But if webs os had the same number of apps and as good hardware i would totally go back.
- 12-28-2010, 10:27 AM #23
Well, about a week later and I can say that I am enamored with this phone. Coming from the ridiculously limited Pre hardware, I never knew how great having a phone this...functional...could be. It just zips along, and even gets way better battery life than my Pre!
I would consider going back to WebOS with some nice hardware and a lot more developer interest, but for now, the Epic and Android are treating me quite well.
- 12-28-2010, 11:47 AM #25
I have to agree. I loved WebOS, but he Epic (even on 2.1) is a way better device. My wife's Pre just feels and looks cheap in comparison. WebOS has good potential, but in the end, it still lacks. I'd love to see if HP can get their act together, but until then, I love the Epic