Excerpt: The old saying goes: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But does it apply to something more digital, say a phone? If it does, Palm would be in trouble. If you take the last couple years of Palm’s portfolio and performance and made that “the cover”, this is one book that would be well worth passing up. And yet Palm’s latest attempt proves intriguing. The Pre is by no means new, now going on one year old come early June.
Conclusion: I am sure there are thousands of Palm Pre users out there all very happy with their phone. Although I am being negative I am basing my opinions on comparing the Palm Pre to the other devices on the market right now and I am not going to say everything is great about it when its not. Come on Palm, sort out the hardware. The Pre could have been a serious contender for top place in the Smartphone wars but sadly not at the moment. Better luck next time.
Excerpt: No, it’s not. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s simply different. Despite having a capacitive touchscreen, snappy animations and even many of the same designers (defects from Apple’s iPhone team), the Pre is a very different device.
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone
12 October 2009
Excerpt: Not yet in stores but to be launched in Germany on October 13, in Spain on Ocober 14 and in the UK and Ireland on October 16, here we have the final sales version of O2's upcoming Palm Pre , which Telefónica and O2 are launching exclusively in Europe this month. While the Palm Pre is already available in North America, this Pre is something very new and special because it's the GSM/UMTS version of Palm's latest available smartphone, the first one to feature Palm's new...
VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Hardware Hands-on
12 October 2009
Excerpt: Basically the same black shiny hardware and design as the North American Palm Pre, the European Palm Pre, as released by Telefónica and O2, supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (but not HSUPA) at 900/2100 MHz. Running on Palm's new webOS operating system, the device also supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as well as WiFi b/g and features GPS as well as an ambient light, accelerometer and proximity sensor.
VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Software Hands-on
12 October 2009
Excerpt: Even if Palm's webOS is still pretty new and so far available for one device only - the Palm Pre - it's featuring a quite complete suite of preinstalled applications and has some interesting features. As Palm describes it, the Palm Pre is "a phone in sync with your life". For instance, the Pre pulls your different online calendars into one view, bringing you the information you want without having to search for it.
Excerpt: Like the North American Palm Pre, the European GSM/UMTS Palm Pre features the same black design and slide-out keyboard. The very shiny plastic - a real finger print magnet - nevertheless feels rocking solid, like the whole device feels. On the front, the Palm Pre only sports the 3.1" HVGA capacitive touchscreen as well as a menu button. There's no call send/end key or anything else, except the hidden vertical arc-sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Conclusion: A very good smartphone. But has it joined the smartphone party too late? Only time will tell. And the lack of video shooting is a pretty big oversight. Other than that, not a bad iPhone rival!
Pros: We've been waiting so long for the Palm Pre and it's finally here. And you know what, it's awesome. The 3.2-inch capacitive display has multi-touch and is super responsive to your digits, allowing you to pinch the screen to zoom in and out and flip through images. In fact this touchscreen interface is so easy to use, we'd go as far to say it's as good as the iPhone's. What's so good about it? Well it multi-tasks: with active programs shown as cards you can move around...
Cons: It's taken so long to get to the UK that a veritable avalanche of smartphones have joined the mobile race since it first appeared, so it's not just got the iPhone for competition. Other than that, there aren't too many niggles. Maybe it's not as stylish as the iPhone, and maybe the App Catalog still has a way to go to catch up with the iPhone App Store, but these are minor problems. One that's not is the fact that it can't actually shoot video! Poor show Palm.
Conclusion: The Palm Pre is the sexiest handset since the iPhone—and it also marks the dawn of a major new smartphone platform. Although it lacks third-party apps and has some battery life issues, it's much more fun than any other phone Sprint offers.
Pros: Excellent design. Very cool interface. Synergy feature consolidates e-mail, contacts, and calendars. Syncs with iTunes just like an iPod.
Cons: Very few third-party apps at launch. So-so reception. Short standby battery life. Limited IM apps.