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1st Palm Pre review: great OS, poor keyboard

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri May 29, 2009

1st Palm Pre Review

An early Palm Pre review today suggests Palm has mostly achieved its goal with its device but that hardware may be the limitation. Using a phone that may have pre-production firmware, BGR says webOS is a "great" first start and particularly praises the web browser, which is particularly quick and stable. The examination also compliments the quality of the multi-touch screen and notes that it's just slightly behind Apple's iPhone in terms of its feel.

Simultaneously, however, Palm is criticized for the quality of the hardware design and in particular its keyboard. While the removable battery and the compact size of the phone are considered highlights, the plastic construction is regarded as "cheap." The keyboard is especially singled out as being too small for typical hands and having a texture that could prove to be a problem in long-term use.

"You're going after the big guns here, and this is kind of disappointing," Palm is told.

Other areas are more difficult to judge as certain features may have been disabled before launch, such as full media playback and the help system. Without the formal opening of the App Catalog or full access to the webOS SDK, the app environment for the Pre is also uncertain and is likened to when Apple had at first insisted on web apps for the iPhone, limiting the potential scope of what could be done beyond built-in software.

Nonetheless, the Pre is treated as a good device and is thought to simply have had its expectations set too high. There will be "more than a lot" of pleased owners, the review says.



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  1. Salty

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    Joined: Jul 2005

    +7

    A good second place

    Honestly I think the Pre next to the iPhone might become one of the best phones on the market. It's going to have a rough time competing against all the BlackBerries out there. My guess is that once it's off of just Sprint it'll eat up a lot of Windows Mobile and potential Android Market share. I don't think it'll steal many customers from the iPhone, I think some Blackberry users might switch.

  1. luckyday

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    -6

    Haha

    I don't think it'll steal many customers from the iPhone, I think some Blackberry users might switch.

    And why is that? I think the Pre is a lot more similar to the iphone in that its more of a consumer phone. Neither the Pre or the iPhone come close to the berry in regard to enterprise and exchange support.

  1. luckyday

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    @Salty

    "I don't think it'll steal many customers from the iPhone, I think some Blackberry users might switch."

    And why is that? I think the Pre is a lot more similar to the iphone in that its more of a consumer phone. Neither the Pre or the iPhone come close to the berry in regard to enterprise and exchange support.

  1. luckyday

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    Wow

    That "click to edit" function really works well. If I knew it would just post it again with the change, I dont think I would have bothered.

  1. c4rlob

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    no surprise

    Palm buttons/hardware have always had a slightly "cheap-plastic-shimmy" feel. That's just their style.

  1. appleuzr

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    Joined: Aug 2006

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    @luckyday

    Look who's posting the same message multiple times now. I know I know, you wrote a third post blaming the "click to edit" feature.

    So you go around the forums criticizing away, when others accidently post the same comment multiple times. Yet, you do it, immediately follow up with an excuse and think it's fine.

    Tisk, tisk.


  1. mrrwthird

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    Joined: Feb 2008

    +1

    Wasn't the first review.

    Electronista owes PhoneNews.com a correction... they were the first to review the final Palm Pre.

    http://www.phonenews.com/review-palm-pre-sprint-7886/

    They even called MacNN/Electronista out for the false credit:

    http://www.phonenews.com/blog/hello-we-arent-walt-mossberg...-492.html

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004

    -1

    Palm

    Dang it! Why didn't they test the phone first! Have someone try the keyboard!

    Ah ha....bad keyboard eh, well as long as it runs my classic Palm OS apps, I'll be fine.

  1. zl9600

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    Joined: Oct 2003

    -2

    PhoneNews=who?

    Good lord who cares if it was the first or second review of the damned phone. The bitchiness over at phonenews.com ("drinking KoolAid", closing comments) pretty much sealed the deal for me: I won't be reading their whining anytime soon.

    There are definitely Apple fan bois out there but they are no match for these asshats like PhoneNews who can't WAIT to find something to kill the iPhone.

    Maybe this Pre thing is it, but we all win from some good hardy competition. I say, keep the innovation coming so I don't have to wait two years to update my iPhone.

    Welcome, Palm Pre. Go F yourselves, PhoneNews.com.

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