- Jamie Lendino , PC Magazine
The Palm Pre 2 feels like a throwback to 2010. It's fun, but far from cutting edge.
- Paul Lamkin , Pocket-lint
Overall, this is a nice, slick little smartphone that performs well, and offers a number of unique features that first got us excited by the Palm Pre back in 2009. The only trouble is, the excitement surrounding these features has somewhat worn off.
The Palm Pre 2 is HP’s first webOS smartphone since acquiring Palm. It’s pretty much a splitting image of its namesake predecessor, but it does come with several improvements.
Compared to the Palm Pre, this QWERTY phone now features double the RAM (512MB), double the internal memory (16GB), a better 5-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, a more powerful 1GHz processor, and a Gorilla Glass protected touchscreen display. It also runs on the new webOS 2.0 platform.
In a nutshell, the Palm Pre 2 is basically a modest upgrade to the Pre instead of a being a completely new webOS smartphone. Sure the new webOS helps improve over-all performance, but it doesn’t really provide anything new to get excited about, and still lacks support from 3rd party app developers.
The Palm Pre won't likely entice current Pre users to upgrade, however it does look like a good option for fans of Palm's webOS or for those seeking a physical QWERTY keyboard.
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
Software is great but the hardware is lacking
It definitely is a good iteration on the original but I still don't think that it has enough to stay competitive in the 2011 smartphone market. Consumers generally think that good quality hardware = good product, and if Palm/HP continues to produce phones that are lacking in the hardware department, despite the great software, I feel like the Pre 2 will go the way of the original Pre, that is dead on arrival.
So, original Pre owners should you upgrade to the Pre 2. NOOOOO!!!! With the Pre 3 just around the corner I simply cannot recommend the Pre 2 to anyone unless you can get it ... Full review
It would only appeal to current Palm users looking for an upgrade to their webOS experience
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Palm Pre 2. We like its overall shape, though its design is a bit dated now, but it’s easy to hold and feels comfortable in the hand. The improved webOS 2.0 software and 1GHz processor makes the Pre 2 feel faster and more powerful than the Pre Plus. But at this point, we’re not sure if the Pre 2 has what it takes to attract any new users to is, since Verizon’s big sellers are Android smartphones, and they are now also carrying the iPhone 4. The Palm Pre 2 is currently selling for $149 with a 2-year contract, which is the same price... Full review
It's fun, but far from cutting edge
A very capable smartphone, but it's worth waiting for the HP Pre 3, which will offer hardware improvements to complement the software upgrade
This is one phone that put us on spin cycle despite its flaws
The Palm Pre 2 is a hidden gem of a phone buried beneath thick igneous rock layers of Android interfaces. The Pre 2's WebOS 2.0 integration and 1GHz OMAP processor are its main entrees, and those features boosted an already great phone even higher to the smartphone gods. We loved Palm's interface—it's the best multitasker on the market.
However, there are a few caveats about the Palm Pre 2. First off, the phone's battery was a real damper on our overall experience, demanding frequent charges. Then, the discovery of another no-frills camera really dated the phone in comparison to... Full review
A combination of cute good looks with powerful smarts and a uniquely different OS
It manages to deliver a mostly-complete experience with an excellent balance of style and function
On the whole, I’m still really impressed with webOS, and the Pre 2 seems to answer most of people’s concerns about Palm’s hardware. You aren’t ever going to see app selection on par with Android, what with multiple hardware manufacturers pushing the platform, but with HP behind Palm, at least webOS will have a chance at growing sustainably for the foreseeable future. For now, be sure to check on the availability of your killer apps before taking the plunge and buying a Pre 2, and even then you can always nab one and urge devs to bite the bullet and make a webOS versi... Full review
It’s a welcome and worthy successor but not a crucial update for current owners
I know a lot of you would want to wait for different hardware to even consider a webOS device and I don’t blame you. I’d love to see a slim, large screened webOS phone as well but the Pre 2 does an excellent job for what it is. Looking at webOS, I occasionally feel like it is too...cartoonish, if that makes sense. It’s a great OS but looks like it’s made for a younger audience. Nothing wrong with that but perhaps that will keep many from taking it as seriously as it deserves.
The Pre 2 is a nice refresh of the line but it is mostly going... Full review
Top usability, but poor battery life and not enough apps
Instability and a lack of applications makes Palm Pre 2 a let down
We like the Palm Pre 2 a lot, and while we aren't convinced it's going to be a market hit, would very much like it to be. It is a well sized, ergonomic handset with a great UI and an incredibly intuitive phonebook experience thanks to the Just Type functionality. It also offers enough fun to keep you entertained on a commute home and is very well connected. Our experience of it was let down by instability and a lack of apps that we use on a day to day basis, however, with fantastic onboard Facebook functionality it also has a huge advantage over competition such as Android. We... Full review
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