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Good: WebOS its just awesome!
Bad: Oreo effect on the slider
Comment: I will preface this review by saying I go through phones faster than most people change there underpants. I think its a bit of an adiction. I have had all 3 models of the iPhone, a HTC HD2, a Google G1 and T-Mobile Pulse in the past year so i feel i can make a pretty good judgment bassed on the competition.
I got the Palm Pre about 6 weeks ago after pretty much ignoring it at launch due to its luke warm response. I think it got this response purely because the mobile phone websites and press seem to only like phones that have an i at the front of the name.
I have no intention of parting with this phone and I love the intuative OS, speed and the physical keyboard is great after you adjust to using it.
There are plenty of apps out there to use on both the marketplace and on Preware through the thriving homebrew comunity. It syncs perfectly with iTunes if you download iTunes version 9 and dont update it. Its also intigrates seamlessly with Facebook and my Exchange mail servers.
Now 1.4 has come it has added a video camera and lots of other tweaks here and there which make this phone a pleasure to use. Multitasking is fantastic as you can pause a game for example and quickly respond to a text for example.
I cant recomend this phone enough! If you are looking for a new smartphone check this phone out.
Good: Multi-tasking, size, keyboard & user interface, synergy
Bad: lack of apps but this will change
Comment: Fantastic little device, does what I need from a device in a new way. Multi-tasking on this phone is excellent and really easy to use. After using the Pre and going back to similar smartphones, I find it difficult, frustrating and slow to get stuff done.
The Pre is the new kid on the block and deserves a look. 10 out of 10 from me
Good: keyboard, looks, Google "synchronicity"
Bad: limited apps, can't use as modem, sometimes crashes, terrible battery life, only 8GB memory
Comment: I've had this phone for a couple of months now. I think it's a nice small size and fits in the hand comfortably. As a phone it seems to do the job OK. But as a music player i-tunes no longer recognises it so you cannot set up playlists any more and there doesn't seem to be software to do so. The Palm OS software sometimes seems to hang and also occasionally get a weird message about "too many cards open" when I have none open. The user experience is OK, flipping between pages and the flippy open keyboard is great for people like me who cannot get on with the i-phone keyboard. My biggest gripe is that I used to be able to use my previous phone, a Nokia E51 (fantastic phone, wish I'd just got a newer version rather than this Palm Pre) as a modem with my laptop so that I could connect to the internet while out and about when there was not Wi-Fi available. However, O2 have barred this from the Palm Pre. I believe that it has the capability but O2 have stopped it. Arse! HOWEVER, I do like the synchronicity with Google Calendars an Google Contacts so you can have your MAC or PC permanently sync'd with Google and your phone. It would be nice if the "Tasks" sync'd too though.
I have a 18 month contract with this new phone and will definately be going back to Nokia when it is over. I think Palm had a good potential to whoop the arses of I-Phone with their "proper keyboard" and could have given it the option of upgrading the memory (via mini SD) and upgrading the battery (the supplied battery lasts about half a day with regular use.)
Good: Looks good, useful keyboard, multitasking,brilliant touchscreen, wireless charging addon
Bad: Poor app store (at the moment), no expandable memory
Comment: The Pre is a fantastic little device. It works great as a phone, the internet is a pleasure to use and i think it looks gorgeous! Texting on it is easy and the universal search function is very useful. Running more than one app at a time is a great addition (as opposed to the Iphone). Its a great size and it fits perfectly in your pocket and hand.
I just signed up to O2 and received the touchstone bundle as a free gift. The touchstone is basically a small cradle which lets you charge the Pre wirelessly which is fantastic to use and it looks good on any surface.
The only negative for me is the range of apps on offer at present. If it had the range of apps the apple store has on offer this would be the ultimate machine
Good: Looks, Web, Ease of Use
Bad: The fact it has a nasty habit of turning itself off, 5 mins it takes to turn on.
Comment: I was initially very pleased with the Pre, its easy to use, still has a keyboard and looks lovely whilst not being too large. I looked at the Sony W995 and Nokia N97 but I liked the looks on this better, and its compatible with the Fiat Blue & Me (apart from SMS reader) which was a big plus.
The web is easy to use and pretty fast, some people complain about the battery life of the phone but I don't find it a problem and just charge it overnight.
The camera produces nice pictures, no zoom feature but fine for snapshots, you can even take screenshots whilst on the internet.
SMS's are in the (now seemingly standard) conversation format so you can see what has been said previously. and email is easy to set up.
Overall apart from the times that it turns itself off which is REALLY annoying, I would think this phone is great. But that itself knocks it down from a 9 to an 8 (Especially as it takes so long to turn on) Sort it out Palm!
Also bought the touchstone which I would recommend as its far easier than using the port on the phone.
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