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...
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.