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26 reviews
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Palm Pre


$200.00 Released June, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Full 3.5mm headphone jack. Removable battery. backlit QWERTY keyboard.

The Cons:No higher capacity models. No expandable memory. Exclusive to Sprint for the first half of 2009.

Introduced at CES 2009, the Pre is a new long-awaited smartphone from Palm. Featuring a 3.1" multitouch display along with a full QWERTY keyboard, it is one of the first smartphones to feature both types of user interaction.

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Product Shot 2 It also has a 3MP camera, complete with LED flash and 8GB of built-in storage. Palm aims to make the Pre the #1 competitor to the Apple iPhone by making it more fully featured than Apple's solution. The Pre will be exclusively with Sprint for the first half of 2009, although a launch date or MSRP have not been announced. A UMTS 3G model will be made available in the future. The release date for the Pre is set for June 6th 2009, from $199.99 after a $100 MIR.

Features

  • Texas Instruments OMAP CPU
  • 3.1" 320 x 480px multitouch display
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • rollerball
  • EVDO Rev A, WiFi & Bluetooth
  • GPS capable
  • 3MP camera with LED flash
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8GB of built in flash memory
  • Wireless charger
  • 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm, 4.76 ounces (135g)

Sprint Plans

Anyone buying a Pre will be allowed to pick from any of Sprint's "Everything" line of plans. This includes data and voice together. Sprint claims they do not want users going for voice-only plans because of extra charges they may incur without knowing while using the phone's various capabilities.

Individuals can choose from:

  • 450 minute ($69.99)
  • 900 minute ($89.99)
  • unlimited plans ($99.99)

Families can choose from:

  • 1500 minutes ($129.99)
  • 3000 minutes ($169.99)
  • unlimited plans ($189.99)

Business plans will follow a similar family model with 5 specific plan options, however no pricing structure is available.

User Reviews (28)

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Pros
  • 16

    full 3.5mm headphone jack

  • 16

    removable battery

  • 14

    backlit QWERTY keyboard

  • 14

    can have multiple applications running at the same time

  • 10

    wireless charger

  • 10

    beautiful iPhone-esque interface

  • 9

    powerful processor

  • 7

    8GB of internal storage

  • 6

    great wireless connectivity - EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, 802.11, Bluetooth

  • 6

    compact size

  • 6

    large multitouch screen

  • 6

    runs Palm's webOS platform

  • 6

    light and proximity sensors

  • 6

    Synergy system aggregates all your online identities and contacts into one place

  • 6

    small form-factor is great to hold and fit in your pocket

  • 5

    great display that is clear and vibrant

  • 5

    Not Apple

  • 4

    one of the, if not the most fully featured phone to date

  • 4

    huge 3MP camera with flash

  • 3

    better than the apple iphone!

  • 3

    good brand

  • 2

    2-year contract for base $199.99 cost (as opposed to a 3-year)

  • 0

    Bluetooth/USB tethering

Cons
  • 8

    no higher capacity models

  • 6

    no expandable memory

  • 5

    exclusive to Sprint for the first half of 2009

  • 3

    will be very expensive or highly subsidized by long contracts

  • 1

    webOS application development slow; will most likely continue to trail far behind Symbian, Android, iPhone, even Windows Mobile

  • 0

    short battery life

  • -1

    may have to purchase Touchstone separately

  • -1

    large and quite annoying $100 MIR

  • -1

    no tethering capabilities out of the box

  • -1

    low voice quality when using phone

  • -2

    hard to protect with a case

  • -3

    The screen is much smaller than iPhone screen

  • -3

    no youtube?

  • -3

    the keys on the keyboard are extremely small

  • -3

    hardware has a lighter and lower quality feel

  • -4

    no music/app purchasing from the phone

  • -4

    webapps only at launch

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Omar
Omar: #palm_pre I just watched a video on this phone at CrunchGear (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/01/09/palm-pre-hands-on-the-movie/) and I have to say that the mobile interface is the first one that rivals the iPhone's and in many ways surpasses it. FINALLY another company gets the multitouch right.
FINALLY another company gets the intuitive gestures.
FINALLY another company makes an interface that feels organic.
and FINALLY - ONE - company gets multitasking right.

That's my biggest number 1 negative against the iPhone is the complete lack of multitasking which completely disrupts and breaks the flow of using it. With the Pre you can switch between uses instantly and it all just works. Jan 9, 09
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