Summary: 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.
Pros: Fits nicely in the hand; improved camera; improved battery life; 1GHz processor; rubberized feel. HP webOS 2.0 brings many welcome changes.
Cons: Very similar to older models; small keyboard; not very slim; slider still wobbles.
Summary: If you're in love with the webOS platform and can't wait until this summer for the Palm Pre 3, or your older device has suffered an unfortunate accident, then the
Palm Pre 2
is fairly attractive at the low $50 price point. It's small, light, and does a great job of keeping you on track by seamlessly organizing all of your information in the background. It doesn't have the gee-whiz factor of the latest and greatest devices, but it's a solid, usable smartphone.
Pros: Simple, understated design, Easy to use webOS, Good battery life, Good camera
Cons: Small keyboard makes accurate text-entry tricky, Adobe Flash support is hit or miss, Fewer third-party apps than competitors
Conclusion: Like many people who have used webOS, I think that Palm/HP is onto a winner with webOS but until they offer a compelling app platform for developers, good hardware for users and market the hell out of the handset, I cannot see webOS ever being a success.
Conclusion: 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 .
Pros: Easy to use webOS 2.0 user interface, Multitasking ‘card’ visualization, Fast 1GHz processor, 16GB internal memory
Cons: Limited app downloads, QWERTY keyboard is still too small, Camera lacks autofocus
Summary: The enhancements in WebOS 2.0 make the Palm Pre 2 a very capable smartphone, but we think it's worth waiting for the HP Pre 3, which will offer hardware improvements to complement the software upgrades.
Cons: The Pre 2 doesn't offer a lot of hardware changes over its predecessor. The smartphone can also be sluggish.
Excerpt: The recently announced and launched HP Palm Pre 2 is the first webOS smartphone from HP, after it acquired Palm earlier this year ; but it's also the first webOS 2.0 . The Palm Pre 2 (which follows the Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus) is available in a North American CDMA version as well as a rest of the world UMTS version. It's powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features a 5 megapixel fixfocus camera with LED flash.
Summary: HP just announced the update to webOS operating system — webOS 2.0 — along with a new phone, the HP Palm Pre 2 smartphone. The HP Palm Pre 2 is powered by 1 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, 3.1 inch HVGA multitouch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and Geo tagging, accelerometer, a proximity and ambient light sensors, and up to 5.5 hours talk time and 350 hours battery life.
Cons: Easy to call / text / email quickly with Just Type, Superb at multi-tasking support and visualization, Fantastic Facebook app, Poor camera / camera options, Occasional stability issues, Limited app support