Palm Pre - a great first-time smart phone
Sleek look and comfortable to hold, light as a feather
Nice size - fits in virtually every handbag phone slot I have
Good looking sleeve bundled with the phone
Good camera - fast and easy to use
Fun to use - the flick off function is slick and feels great!
OS looks great and gestures become intuitive
Phone app is easy to use
Search function for names is slick and fast to use
When Facebook app is installed it collects profile photos from Facebook and uploads them to your contacts - nice!
Absolutely rubbish battery - 1 day max on limited use
Apps sometimes slow to load, even everyday ones like the phone or email
QWERTY keyboard doesn't have enough room to hold the phone and type, particularly "A" - not good if you have even slightly long nails
Charger slot cover feels very delicate - like it might break off easily
Low number of apps and not particularly useful ones
In-box user guide has no useful info in it at all - you have to download the one from O2
Calendar reminders are fixed up to one hour (not 2 or 3, etc.) and up to 1 day (not 1 week, etc.)
This is my first proper smart phone - my last phone was the Samsung Tocco Ultra which, I have to admit, was a good precursor to using this one, since it replicates the slide and touchscreen funtionality. I went for the Pre instead of the iPhone because, well, everyone has an iPhone ;) Plus the Pre is much smaller and feels a lot more comfortable in the hand.
I found the phone very simple to get along with - the OS is intuitive and the "flick-off" function for closing apps is rather cute. The card view is a useful way to multi-task and works very well - the apps are quite slow to load but once loaded respond very quickly. However, I have had an issue with the phone app - when taking two calls at once, the app seemed to overlap itself when the second call was closed, meaning I couldn't actually do anything with the first call. Perhaps just a glitch, but a pretty big one.
The phone feels great to use, although I am stuggling somewhat with the QWERTY keyboard. There doesn't seem to be enough room on the left hand side to hit "A" correctly each time, and the keyboard feels quite condensed in the centre. However, the key special characters and all the numbers are available as a higher function of the keyboard, and the cycling ability to keep Symbol Lock or Caps Lock on all the time is simple to use.
It took me a little time to find out how to change settings in each of the apps - longer still to work out how to manage the volume for alarms! This is however due to the extremely poor user guide included with the phone. the online version contains more information but is still very vague in terms of settings control.
The copy and paste functions seems to be available in virtually every in-built app which means copying addresses from text messages into the contacts list is just like using it on a computer.
In short, a great looking, intuitive and slick phone - needs charging every day but my next purchase will be the Touchstone. Looking forward to more apps and an extended battery ...
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I recommend the Palm Pre, any Palm Pre
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The Palm Pre is a great phone - I feel it's an easy system to use. Every phone has a different operating system and I thought it was no more nor no less difficult than any of the other iPhones, Nokias, Sony Ericssons and Samsungs out there. To me everything was easy to use on the Palm Pre and the little tutorial they give at the start in the phone helps. (It gets easier and easier to use as I play around with it.) YouTube is also a helpful resource.
I love the qwerty keyboard as all the common button one needs to use are right there instead of, say iPhone, you have to shift to get the other screen that has the numbers 123, "@" and "." (on the Palm Pre you don't.) So the speed and ease of using a Palm Pre keyboard is a joy as everything is at hand, so to speak. But if you need numbers, you can access easily or double press the grey button and it locks into the number pad or other symbols on the keypad. Also when filling out the contact address card, it automatically uses caps so you don't waste time shifting or just living with the lower case letters and it intuitively goes into number mode when filling in telephone numbers (unlike other phones like BB).
The battery isn't great (when I bought my 2nd-hand Pre, it came with 3 batteries! - now I know why! But shifting it to 2G saves some juice or you can do a number of things like turning off wi-fi in areas you don't have a connection, etc etc) but keep in mind battery power is not great in ANY smart phone, including the iPhone (which also needs charging every day!) And like any other smart phone, you still have to play with certain switches to save a bit of power here to make it last and so it's 6 one way and half a dozen the other. Even with my S.E.X10 Mini, it needs to be charged everyday and the fiddling with it to save power can drive me nuts. The Palm Pre is far easier.
Also size wise, it's perfect, it can fit in your pocket whereas the iPhone, Motorola or any large smartphone,can be quite bulky. A friend who had an iPhone had to change to a smaller phone as it took too much space in his pockets.
The touch screen is fab with the scrolling, swiping and all the things you do with a touch screen. There are loads of apps, free and otherwise and there are also shareware and freeware apps for the Pre on WebOS Nation. Also a good source of information for the Pre if you have any queries, check out their forums.
You can put music in the folder, as well as videos. (I think I watched a YouTube thing on how to do it.) I like how you can back up contacts and calendar dates on Google. Even on Yahoo as well. Memo notes don't get sync'd but you can get Noted! beta version in the apps and it will back up you notes on-line.
It's simple to put your emails and FB on the phone as well so you can be notified whenever you get mail or FB messages.
Ebay is a great source of decently priced excellent conditioned Palm Pre Phones, locked or unlocked. Also a great place to find extra batteries for the Pre. Need at least 1 extra, but 2 would be good for those times you won't be by a charger.
Dislikes? Once in a blue moon there is a lag but luckily it's not on a regular basis or else I would say don't bother with this phone. Also no Kindle but you can download free classics if you are wanting something to read on your train trip.
If buying apps, read the review FIRST before buying to get an indication of how others like the app.
Palm Pre - different
I've had Windows 6 mobiles with QWERTY keyboards but with landscape keyboards. I found them difficult to type on in the hand, even with two hands. OK on a table, but who wants to type on a mobile fone on a table? So I bought this. The keyboard is small and the keys tiny, but I can work them using my fingernails without problem.
Pros. Excellent operating system. I love the card system, once I got used to it. It's relatively small and can hide in my shirt pocket, unlike most of the Android mobiles. It's fast enough for me. The range of software is claimed to be limited, but if you load up the PreWare program, it's currently running at 10,000 applications - more than enough for me. The pull down menu gives me very quick access to turning WiFi, 2G/3G etc off and on. You can unlock it for £10, which is pretty good value. Mine's is the one with 8 GB RAM; I'm running at 7 GB, so no problems with memory. I don't use it for music, anyway.
Cons. The hardware is fragile. The power button has already stopped working. I fixed it with small piece of cardboard, but it's not very positive. The battery life is so-so (though no worse than my daughter's iPhone 4) but I turn it down to 2G and it lasts two days. The power/date socket is rumoured to be the cause of splits in the casing (and ultimately the screen) so I use the Touchstone charger which is very convenient anyway. The camera is OK, but there's no autofocus, but I don't use my mobile for taking fotos so it doesn't bother me.
Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with it. I got it for £80 in a nearly new condition. What else could I get for that money with a cracking operating system, capacitative screen and 8 GB of memory on board? The hardware has let it down a bit, hence the "good" rating.
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Palm Pre vs iPhone
Have owned Nokia N series, Palm Treo, Blackberry's in the past. Have borrowed iPhones for week long spells. Nothing touches the Palm Pre. Feels great in the hand, the phone is actually very good (reception not as strong as Nokia, I'm in the counryside on O2), the screen is great, bright and video's are super quality.
It does take a little while to get used to... the instructions are a bit 'find it out for yourself!' but after an hour I was fluid and - wow - what a great bit of kit!! The web os is simply fantastic, super fast, lots of apps open at once and its very, very easy to import contacts and set up email links. I have a hotmail and MS exchange - took around 3 minutes to do both, sweet.
On the downside, the battery is pretty poor - you lose 25% charge just leaving it on overnight and if you use it dont expect more than 3 hours in total before you charge. However - that leads to another positive, I got the touchstone charger with my O2 bundle and it is so cool... you just place the phone on the little mount - no wires and it charges! Super cool. You will want to buy a second usb charger to leave at work though...
The big question is - is it an iPhone killer. Answer in short... not quite. iPhone has 10 billion apps (most utter rubbish but they're there) and it has a billion users. The fact that the Pre is hands down a better phone, work tool & toy will not interest the Apple crowd - half the reason I don't buy apple kit.
Would I recommend the Palm Pre - without hesitation. You will love it and how you feel when you hold it. You'll also know that following the crowd is for sheep...
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Palm Pre, what fun
I'll keep this easy...........
THE GOOD, excellent screen, (mp3's, films youtube clips etc. display perfectly)
The processor working with webos is sooooo fast, first phone I've had that can REALLY multitask multiple apps with NO problems.
Perfect pocket size, light and smooth, keyboard good once you're used to it.
Fun, it's a phone you'll love to play with, and get to know.
Webos is so easy to master compared to windows mobile, it's very logical.
GPS quality good, google maps and other position based apps very fast.
POOR.....instructions are next to useless, battery life is as short as that on iphone.
Signal strength is never high wherever I am, although my other phones on the same network show max reception.
Unless you have a data package with O2 set up for the pre, it wont allow you to get past the initial set up. Mines running on 3 (thanks rebel) "unlocked"
Apps available limited at mo, but increase everyday, and there are 3rd party apps from other suppliers.
No satnav app at present, so I have to take another unit with me, yes I'm a bloke, I need toys, and I travel alot and need directions to get off my driveway......
OVERALL, most fun phone I've owned, and I change them every few months, so I've had alot, would I change it for anything else out there? certainly not at the moment.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.