- Joshua Topolsky , Engadget
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.
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 (5.9/10 Avg. rating)
Surprisingly thin and light for a phone with slide-out qwerty
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 know Americans love physical keyboards, but I can't help feeling the Pre would be better without it. I have never had issues with writing emails, texts or even newspaper copy with the onscreen keyboard on the iPhone.
As with so many smartphones (including the iPhone), the... Full review
Don’t buy the Touchstone and always plug the Pre into a direct power source
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 iPhone has faced an uphill battle and the Pre is no different. It’s unpolished, sure, but Palm’s webOS has managed to slip in right behind Apple’s iPhone OS, which is something the other smartphone operating systems have failed to do. But it’s not perfect and, l... Full review
It does so much more than most phones, but it's just not quite ready for everybody
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 and its webOS prove that Apple is not the only company that can put out an intuitive user interface that is polished, easy to use, and all around fun. With webOS, Palm has thrown down the gauntlet, and it is time for the rest of the industry to react.
Palm's App... Full review
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
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 comes off as feeling a little bit on the cheap side. That's unfortunate. Some will find the QWERTY keyboard difficult to use, though I thought it was okay. The lack of expandable memory means it is limited to the 8GB of on-board storage. On the plus side, it is extremely compact and th... Full review
An attempt to combine iPhone elegance with Blackberry efficiency
"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 (if not all) of the features of its chief competitor, the iPhone. But in one key aspect, the Pre does the iPhone one better. While a lot of the Pre's features — a bright 3.1-inch touchscreen manipulated by taps, swipes and pinches; apps sold by third parties in an open online... Full review
The Pre may have hardware that's worse than the G1/G2, but the whole package-the software and the hardware-isn't bad
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 phones on the market.
I'm bored of the iPhone. The core functionality and design have remained the same for the last two years, and since 3.0 is just more of the same, and—barring some kind of June surprise—that's another year of the same old icons and swiping and pinching.... Full review
It's not just a phone, it's a myth, an idea, possibly a legacy...
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, love, fear-mongering, fanboyism, rampant gadget-lust... and even a little late night celebrity for the pint-sized phone. Finally the time has come to put rubber to road and get into the guts of this thing once and for all. Can the Pre and webOS live up to the hype - the kind of hype we haven't... Full review
Not worth the money or time
Not the best phone
I'm not very pleased
Palm Pre deserves Naplam
An idea still unrivaled by other smart phones a year later
great phone, I love it !
Nice gadgets, disappointing phone
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