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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Palm has put together perhaps the best assault on iPhone supremacy we’ve seen yet. A series of unique additions make the phone stand out from and even trump the iPhone in some ways. A hard QWERTY keyboard and the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously stand out as the most potent arrows piercing Apple’s armor. But don’t consider the iPhone slayed just yet.
Pros: QWERTY keyboard; functional touch screen; polished interface; good camera; fast connectivity
Cons: Some lag in WebOS; app store is still growing; slightly sloppy sliding mechanism
Summary: We've seen many smart phones come and go since the original iPhone, and the $199 Palm Pre is the first device we've tested whose user interface not only matches up well to Apple's offering, but also beats it in some areas. The Pre isn't just cool and fun to use; its highly integrated approach to calendars, contacts, and messaging, the way it elegantly multitasks, and makes apps and notifications accessible across the device change the game.
Excerpt: Apple must feel its rivals breathing down its neck. Unsubtle hints that it might take legal action against Palm suggest a certain loss of cool in Cupertino, and you can see why. Palm put Jon Rubinstein, a former Apple man, in charge of its do-or-die smartphone launch, and the outcome is not bad at all. The touch-sensitive screen glides vertically upwards to reveal a full qwerty keyboard, which is otherwise concealed within a frame more diminutive than that of the iPhone.