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.
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 Palm Pre is Palm’s first device to run WebOS, where most of their latest devices were running Windows Mobile 6.x or the extremely old Palm Garnet OS . The WebOS is based on Linux and includes a very iPhone-like, elegant, attractive and animated user interface.
Summary: On the inside, the Pre runs Palm’s latest operating system, called webOS. This new OS has also received a lot of hype. Although it’s almost hard to believe, there’s been talk about a Linux-based Palm smartphone since 2004. Obviously, the Palm Pre and webOS have been a long time coming.
Pros: Slick user interface, Multitasking capabilities, Full Web browser, Vibrant display
Cons: Small hardware keyboard, no on-screen keyboard at this time, No memory expansion slot, No voice dialing capabilities at this time
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.
VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Software Hands-on
10 July 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".
VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Hardware Hands-on
10 July 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: Unboxing the O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone
10 July 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.