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Palm Pre review


Manufacturer: Palm

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The long-awaited Palm Pre lives up to its pre-launch hype with a responsive touchscreen and an engaging interface, but a few hardware design flaws keep it from being the perfect smartphone - can it compete with the Apple iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1 and BlackBerry smartphones? Actually, we think it can: read on to find out why...

The Palm Pre smartphone and the company's much-anticipated new operating system - called webOS - are among the most buzzed-about products around.

WebOS Impresses

The new webOS is one of the silkiest and best-designed smartphone platforms we've seen in a while. Clearly, this phone operating system will give iPhone and Google Android some competition when it comes to phone usability and overall appeal.

The Palm Pre's capacitive touchscreen requires just a handful of primary gestures, including scroll, page, and a half-swipe to go back. It supports the increasingly familiar gestures of slides and glides, and pinch and zoom accomplish the sorts of tasks we've come to expect in touch-based phones. You can navigate within apps and among them by using the touch-sensitive gesture area below the 3.1in capactive touchscreen.

This gesture area replaces Palm's previous dedicated navigation buttons and controls. The Palm Pre has only button on its face, a rounded Center button that acts as a home button. Happily, the top of the unit retains Palm's slider switch for turning off the phone's volume and it has a shortcut to jump to airplane mode (something travelers will appreciate).

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  1. Updated review of the Palm Pre
  2. Palm Pre: a rival for the iPhone
  3. Controlling the Palm Pre
  4. Palm Pre: webOS
  5. Palm Pre: Social Networking Synergy
  6. Palm Pre: Multimedia
  7. Palm Pre Hardware: First Impressions
  8. WebOS Impresses
  9. Palm Pre: Multitasking Made Easy
  10. Palm Pre: the verdict

Palm Pre Expert Verdict »

Palm Pre reviews verified by Reevoo

Palm PreScores 7.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
Palm webOS
3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320x480 resolution HVGA display
QWERTY keyboard
Microsoft Outlook email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology POP3/IMAP (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc)
Integrated IM, SMS, MMS
built-in GPS
3 megapixel camera with LED flash
ambient light, accelerometer, and proximity sensors
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
Image Formats: GIF, Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication, Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
8GB of user storage (~7.4GB user available)
USB mass storage support
MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0
3.5mm stereo jack
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

This is a superlative smartphone that, a few stuttering moments aside, has stolen our hearts every bit as much as the iPhone did when we first tried it. Not perfect, but a hell of a phone.

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