Palm Pre

Available at: Bell

6/10 AVG.
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To put it simply, the Pre is a great phone, and we don't feel any hesitation saying that. Is it a perfect phone? Hell no. Does its OS need work? Definitely. But are any of the detracting factors here big enough to not recommend it? Absolutely not. - Joshua Topolsky, Engadget  
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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 24 reviews

Palm has run the gamut from being on top of the tech world with a popular PDA product line, to falling deeply behind in the brutal cell phone industry and from being the inventor of the touchscreen to lacking the imagination to fully exploit it.

Most of the headlines about Palm over the past few years have asked why, wHY, WHY!, they have been unable to release the brand new, slick, modern OS that had been long rumored and so filled with promise.

Well, finally, they have, and after a long climb back from the abyss and considerable hype, Palm has released the Pre. So what’s the verdict?

Let’s take a look.

The Palm Pre is a slick, sexy CDMA slider that runs on the new WebOS, a powerful operating system which, combined with a smooth touch user interface, creates a wonderful experience. Even a brief interaction with this phone and you realize you’re working with a powerful, fun device.

When closed, users will be amazed at how the touch interface allows them to access multiple applications, from tasks to social networking sites, all of which can be open and running simultaneously. This is a critical and wonderful feature of the Pre, because users are truly “in the moment” when interacting with their device. The Palm Pre allows you to participate, interact and control all at the same time.

The 3.1 inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution screen is beautiful, rendering a deep rainbow of colors accurately and beautifully. Kudos to Palm for producing a high-quality screen that users will enjoy and one that holds its own against the finer smartphones on the market.

The full QWERTY keypad allows for quick, comfortable texting and, while it isn’t the best, most contoured/sculptured keypad on the market, it does its job very well.

So, what can you add to a high-end screen, touch interface, fully updated OS and good looks? How about a 3 megapixel camera with flash, stereo Bluetooth, WiFi, 8 GB of internal memory and microUSB, which is the new porting standard.

The Palm Pre is rated at five hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time. Keep in mind that these ratings are extremely subjective and depend on personal use.

The downside to the Pre is that many have complained that the build materials are not top-notch, that the device doesn’t have the same hearty in-the-hand feel as, say, and iPhone or BlackBerry.

That said, the Palm Pre has plans for its own App store, and the phone will appeal to many users, especially a younger demographic, who have decided that touchscreen interfaces are the way to go.

If you are looking for a powerful slider that can run multiple applications simultaneously, has a wonderful screen and a powerful processor, take a serious look at the Palm Pre.

Specs summary

Screen
3.1"

The Palm Pre's screen is 3.1 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the HP WebOS operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HP Palm's performance ratings are: 10.5 days standby time, 300 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 24 reviews

Palm has run the gamut from being on top of the tech world with a popular PDA product line, to falling deeply behind in the brutal cell phone industry and from being the inventor of the touchscreen to lacking the imagination to fully exploit it.

Most of the headlines about Palm over the past few years have asked why, wHY, WHY!, they have been unable to release the brand new, slick, modern OS that had been long rumored and so filled with promise.

Well, finally, they have, and after a long climb back from the abyss and considerable hype, Palm has released the Pre. So what’s the verdict?

Let’s take a look.

The Palm Pre is a slick, sexy CDMA slider that runs on the new WebOS, a powerful operating system which, combined with a smooth touch user interface, creates a wonderful experience. Even a brief interaction with this phone and you realize you’re working with a powerful, fun device.

When closed, users will be amazed at how the touch interface allows them to access multiple applications, from tasks to social networking sites, all of which can be open and running simultaneously. This is a critical and wonderful feature of the Pre, because users are truly “in the moment” when interacting with their device. The Palm Pre allows you to participate, interact and control all at the same time.

The 3.1 inch, 320 x 480 pixel resolution screen is beautiful, rendering a deep rainbow of colors accurately and beautifully. Kudos to Palm for producing a high-quality screen that users will enjoy and one that holds its own against the finer smartphones on the market.

The full QWERTY keypad allows for quick, comfortable texting and, while it isn’t the best, most contoured/sculptured keypad on the market, it does its job very well.

So, what can you add to a high-end screen, touch interface, fully updated OS and good looks? How about a 3 megapixel camera with flash, stereo Bluetooth, WiFi, 8 GB of internal memory and microUSB, which is the new porting standard.

The Palm Pre is rated at five hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time. Keep in mind that these ratings are extremely subjective and depend on personal use.

The downside to the Pre is that many have complained that the build materials are not top-notch, that the device doesn’t have the same hearty in-the-hand feel as, say, and iPhone or BlackBerry.

That said, the Palm Pre has plans for its own App store, and the phone will appeal to many users, especially a younger demographic, who have decided that touchscreen interfaces are the way to go.

If you are looking for a powerful slider that can run multiple applications simultaneously, has a wonderful screen and a powerful processor, take a serious look at the Palm Pre.

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)

Surprisingly thin and light for a phone with slide-out qwerty

from The Guardian (over 5 years ago)

For a phone with a slide-out qwerty keyboard, the Pre is still surprisingly thin and light, but despite its polished black look it feels a bit plastic when the keyboard is out. Incidentally, the bottom ridge of the keyboard is weirdly sharp for a phone that is supposed to resemble a polished pebble. I... More

Don’t buy the Touchstone and always plug the Pre into a direct power source

from TechCrunch (over 5 years ago)

Now that everyone has had their say about the Palm Pre, I thought it wise to say a few words about the oft labeled “iPhone killer” that Sprint and Palm hope will bring each back from the edge of the dreaded deadpool. It seems as though every touch-screen device to launch since the first generation... More

It does so much more than most phones, but it's just not quite ready for everybody

from MobileBurn (over 5 years ago)

There is no denying that the Palm Pre is an important device for both Palm and the industry. It is considered by many to have been Palm's hail Mary pass - its last chance at survival. It is a bit early to see if it worked or not, but initial indications suggest that it has. As for the industry, the Pre... More

Is it your type? Yes. If you're the type who is a Palm fanatic. Yes. If you're on the fence about smartphones in general

from Phone Scoop (over 5 years ago)

Despite all of the wonderful technology available to phone manufacturers, not a single one of them has been able to come up with that magical formula to include absolutely every feature. There are always trade-offs, and the Pre is no different. It has a lot of pros and cons to weigh. The hardware... More

An attempt to combine iPhone elegance with Blackberry efficiency

from Wired (over 5 years ago)

"Pre" is an odd name for a device that drops late into a corporate drama already loaded with twists, turns and setbacks. But if Palm is indicating that its new phone kicks off a new phase, maybe the Pre is aptly named after all. Shaped like a small bar of shower soap, the dense, ebony Pre matches many... More

  8/10

The Pre may have hardware that's worse than the G1/G2, but the whole package-the software and the hardware-isn't bad

from Gizmodo (over 5 years ago)

Think of it like this. The software is agile, smart and capable. The hardware, on the other hand, is a liability. If Palm can get someone else to design and build their hardware—someone who has hands and can feel what a phone is like when physically used, that phone might just be one of the best... More

It's not just a phone, it's a myth, an idea, possibly a legacy...

from Engadget (over 5 years ago)

The Pre (and its accompanying operating system) could likely decide the fate of the company largely credited with ushering in the age of the do-everything phone. Since Palm's announcement at CES this year, news surrounding the Pre has been a veritable whirlwind of activity: rumors, half-truths, hate,... More

Not worth the money or time

(over 2 years ago)

Both my wife and I got this about two years ago, thank goodness that we got the warranty because my wife has had to send hers in three or four times and I have had to send mine in twice, for screen issues, button issues, and both for just randomly deciding to not work in any way shape or form. Right... More

  1/10

Not the best phone

(over 3 years ago)

I got this phone because i liked the look of it, and it worked great for a while. Then suddenly after 5 months, it kept freezing, then the phone went "offline" and would not start back up. I read that a lot of people are having this problem, and the only solution is for the company to give... More

  3/10

Hate it

(over 3 years ago)

Cheap brittle case. cracks easily. Long time speaker issues which Palm has never fixed . check the reviews. palm service wants to charge for everything . wish I had checked the reviews. never would have got it. missing common features , no voice activation. screen is skitzy.will not accept a lot of... More

  1/10

I'm not very pleased

(over 3 years ago)

I am very disappointed with the Palm Pre and the service I've got. This phone is not compatible with alot of apps .I don't know why Bell would sell a phone that isn't even compatible with Bell mobility to get Ringtones off of or some other apps. When I went to change this phone for an... More

  1/10

Palm Pre deserves Naplam

(over 3 years ago)

I tried this phone for 7 months. Phone locked up and froze constantly. Every reboot one must endure a 5 minute boot up. As it has been in repairs 3 times, now it resides in the bottom of a sock drawer. Dropped phone on carpet, and screen shattered. Phone returns from repairs with something else wrong.... More

  1/10

An idea still unrivaled by other smart phones a year later

(over 3 years ago)

The Palm Pre was launched to early with an OS that required a complete about face for users accustomed to plugging their phones in to sync with a computer. 6 months after its release and 5 OS updates later, the phone is now the most underated smart phone on the market. The contact management system... More

  10/10

Great phone, bad provider

(over 4 years ago)

I got my first Palm Pre in November of O9, and I'm pretty sad today's the last day it'll be connected. It's a great little phone, it has almost every feature you could ever want on a phone, the one I used the most was Flixter, and the camera was crystal clear. It did have to get... More

  8/10

great phone, I love it !

(over 4 years ago)

This phone is very sleek. I love it. There are afew problems with this phone. One of the problems is that sometimes the movements on the phone ge mixed up. For instance, if I would go to use the back button, which is sliding your finger to the left under the screen, it would scroll the page on the screen... More

  10/10

Nice gadgets, disappointing phone

(over 4 years ago)

Title says it all. Nice to surf the web, but sometimes the pages are missing content. E-mail messaging is ok, but you don't have access to all messages. Phone is disappointing. Butt calls, scrolling sometimes difficult to control. Answering phone shopuld have been made simpler with a butto... More

  4/10

BIG Disappoinment

(over 4 years ago)

I bought a Palm Pre mainly because I have had a Palm Treo for years in the past which I loved..but I have to say the Palm Pre is a terrible phone. It is very difficult to text, slow and unresponsive, poor battery live, very few useful apps, hardly any for business, does not allow you to categorize your... More

  2/10

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