Summary: The Palm Pre matches the iPhone for touchscreen innovation, offering a user interface whose gesture and multi-touch capability make for a genuinely finger-friendly phone. The physical keyboard is handy, if you can get to grips with its tiny keys, but the App Catalog needs some serious attention
Pros: Clear, vivid display; responsive touchscreen; useful physical keyboard; well-designed, beautiful user interface; Synergy app brings together contacts from the cloud; comfortable to hold and make calls with; good connectivity, including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Cons: Keyboard may be too small for some; short battery life; apps can be sluggish to load and phone is slow to boot; no memory-expansion slot; no on-screen keyboard; shelves are bare in the App Catalog.
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.
Summary: Despite some missing features and performance issues that make it less than ideal for on-the-go professionals, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. The hardware could be better, but more importantly, Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.
Pros: The Palm Pre's multitasking capabilities and notifications system are unparalleled. The smartphone features a vibrant display with multitouch functionality as well as a solid Web browser and good multimedia integration. The Pre offered good call quality and wireless options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Cons: The Pre's keyboard is cramped. Battery life drains quickly, and the smartphone can be sluggish at times. Lacks expansion slot, video-recording capabilities, onscreen keyboard, and Flash support. The Pre App Catalog is still in beta with a limited number of titles.
Excerpt: If there’s a company or phone I’m rooting to replace my iPhone, it’s Palm. I remember a decade ago when I had a Palm III and thought that my badass self was the closest thing to Michael Douglas a la Wall Street .
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.