brilliant little phone, multi tasking, email works really well, and keeps getting better with every update, also there is a massive home-brew community already,to witch palm support and don't keep try blocking(i wonder who does that) have had no problems with this phone even though i have installed a variety of patches and home-brew app, and it will only get better the more palm work on it, and some people say the keyboard is to small dont worry it dont take long till your txtin fast again
i own apalm pre and it just sucks its processor is too slow and i ha an advice for the people that if you are lookin for a phone for browsing and messaging palm pre is waste
I am a happy Pre user for 3 months.
While iPhone cost $200-300 + $35 (mandatory data & message plans) @ month = $200 (or $300) + 35 x 24 (2 years plan) = at least $1040 + tax (on the $35.- x 24…) the Pre cost me $125.- (after “automatic” rebates from Sprint plus $25.- I got from chatting with Sprint while ordering…) – almost $1000.- less (over 2 years)! And, the sprint “unlimited everything” is about $10.- LESS that the inferior ATT plan I had before. So for me it was a no brainer!
The phone is a pleasure to use. Some kinks here and there were solved either through support or solutions I found on the internet.
Removable Battery – Huge advantage over iPhone! Battery’s life much better since last update.
The multi screens (you have many screens open at the same time – phone, browser, game – anything) is very unique and comes handy (you can talk over the phone, search Google maps and brows at the same time).
The FREE GPS from Spring (though not perfect) saves you another $300.- for a separate GPS…
The Sprint service is as good as ATT if not better and if you do need/want to use your WiFi – it won’t drain your battery like the iPhone and others.
All in all, looking for smart phone, I can see any second to the Pre with Sprint – its chipper and overall as good as the iPhone (some Pre users say better – for the multitasking and the WebOS compatibility with your PC).
Removable Battery – Huge advantage over iPhone! And it performs much better since the last update.
Superb call quality and reception (Sprint network).
Small, slick with amazing screen
Fast network speed and browser.
WebOS is fast, and highly intuitive - easy to use.
Real keyboard (though I hope an option to use a screen/virtual keyboard will be added soon…).
Integrated contacts, and messaging clients.
Loud and clear speaker.
WiFi (that won’t drain your battery – unlike the iPhone and others).
You can store and view (but not edit – yet) Msft doc and Pdf
iTune compatible (you have to connect to PC though).
Cons: Lack of applications at time of launch (no big deal for me and more apps keep coming every day).
no auto text correction (which could have become handy with the small keyboard…).
Things that don’t bother me:
Keyboard is a bit small and keys are stiff (if you are a texting junkie – bad luck for you).
No video camera (you CAN watch videos that you download).
Camera has no zoom.
To delete Pdf you have to connect to your PC (but the connection is a breather and has many advantages).
Only 8Gb memory – which I am yet to use 25% of it…
Steer clear any one wanting an Iphone beater it is no where near battery life shocking hell its barely a Nokia 5030 beater, to get 11 hrs stand by with just 5mins max. of calls email retrieval, gps, bluetooth etc all have to be turned off I had mine for over 2 weeks and 11 hrs standby was the best I could get it was changed once and on with o2 tech guys 4 times to try and sort the problems to no avail. After all the hype I assumed (stupidly)to believe it, the only way the Pre can manage to do all that is advertised it needs to be connected to the mains all the features worked well enough but a phone that can't even manage a full day without needing to be re-charged is frankly not acceptable hence me returning it.
the palm pre is the most useless phone i have had in my life! i am a tech savvy... very hands-on on the latest technology, however, i had the phone for 2 weeks, and couldn't figure it out!. it's too slow, switches off, makes some silly noises, boring,.... it'll never ever compete with the iphone!
i think o2 has got it wrong this time. the current promotion with free return flights to european destination will not help either!
The Palm Pre is high on price low on features (No FM radio for instance). It also switches off for now reason when closed.
But I guess some people will buy it because it is a Palm.
Maybe their next model will be the "Iphone killer" everybody is waiting for.
No Radio, No video recording, No video calls, No memory card slot, No Bluetooth file transfers, No onscreen keyboard and small and fiddly hardware QWERTY keyboard keys, 320 x 480 pixels 3.1 inches display.
Who will and why buy this phone?
Gus, 14 Dec 2009Very expensive phone and it offers nothing.Small screen,bad camera,average conectivity and it ... moreno the phone joke of the year is (and always has been) the iphone.
where i am its $999 unlocked and look at how much its gna cost in china.
that phone has no multitasking (even with jailbreak it cant match pre), no synergy, no flash for its camera, no flash for web content (it might hv a large app catalog but most of the good stuff is paid whereas there is a lot more free content on the web), pathetic dpi/ppi (pre has better dpi/ppi than iphone so its screen portrays images more crisp and vibrant, but there r much better displays than both of them to give u an idea nokia 7710 had more resolution on its 3.5" screen back in 2004 than iphone does now), little innovation (thats right not even 1/2 the stuff on iphone is original*), no user replaceable battery, terrible recpetion in US (due to being locked with at&t), no physical qwerty, and false advertising.
*this is a list of specs that iphone has but were on other company's phone before it:
- slide to unlock: neonode
- flick finger to scroll thru menu(s): neonode
- ambient light sensor for display brightness: palm
- way iphone msgs: palm
- connectivity: nokia
- capacitive touchscreen: lg
- accelerometer: htc (but used 4 scrolling not auto rotate)
- touch focus (for taking pictures): htc
- large internal storage compensating for lack of expandable memory: sony ericsson
Almost two weeks with my pre and keeps turning off almost everytime I close the slider. Gonna take it back today and get a new one.
This is annoying, I mean, I'm very pleased with this phone, but I can´t understand why Palm delivered these defective units...
Greetings from Mexico!
seba, 08 Dec 2009Looks like a perfect phone to me. But the lack of radio makes me go far from it. About the OS ... moreDon't worry about the radio, there are few excellent apps for radio channels, as well as podcasts (Pandora, Radio Time, Shotcast etc.) That's the least of the Pre problems, trust me. Just go with iPhone, 10 times better and you'll find more apps. Definitely!
Very expensive phone and it offers nothing.Small screen,bad camera,average conectivity and it costs 700$?Hahaha the phone-joke of the year.
Looks like a perfect phone to me. But the lack of radio makes me go far from it. About the OS I have my doubts if it will have an apropiate support from Palm and others developers.
Anonymous, 29 Nov 2009How can I use msn messenger on my palm pre?you can apply an unofficial patch to get MSN on your pre (www.precentral.com for more info). You can also wait for an official app to come out in the app catalog.