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Palm Pre

alaTest has collected and analyzed 466 reviews of Palm Pre. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the reliability and design. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the sound. The reception and durability get critical views.

usability, performance, portability, design, reliability

battery, durability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Palm Pre is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Palm Pre

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Palm Pre from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and design. The reliability and size are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the battery and reception, while the GPS navigation and price get mixed reviews.

portability, size, reliability, design, screen

performance, durability, reception, battery

64% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Palm Pre (Unlocked Multilingual) (QWERTZ, Multi-Lingual, Unlocked, 8GB)Palm Pre (Unlocked Multilingual) (QWERTZ, Multi-Lingual, Unlocked, 8GB)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Palm Pre

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Palm Pre from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the durability and price are on the whole positive. The design and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability and portability. Opinions are divided on the size.

usability, performance, design, price, durability

portability, reliability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Palm Touchstone Charging Dock + Data Cable Palm Pre and Palm Pixi Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus, Pixi PlusPalm Touchstone Charging Dock + Data Cable Palm Pre and Palm Pixi Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus, Pixi Plus

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Palm Pre review: A pebble in your hand

 

It's not like we didn't tell you. And hey, it's not like we're on time either. But we guess better late than sorry goes both ways. Once a popular (mostly stateside) PDA and smartphone maker, Palm were going full blast from safe to sorry. So, did they...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (engadget.com)

Palm Pre review

 

The Palm Pre. It's not just a phone, it's a myth, an idea, possibly a legacy... and a really, really long time coming. It's almost impossible to believe, but the crew at Engadget has been talking about a Linux-based Palm phone since way back in 2004....

Innovative UI ; Hardware keyboard ; Excels at multitasking

Battery life quickly drained ; Shoddy hardware ; Selection of apps extremely small

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

PRE

 

The Palm Pre smartphone ($200 with a two-year contract from Sprint as of 6/4/09), along with the company's much-anticipated webOS operating system, has had quite the buzz building up since its splashy launch in January. While the Pre isn't perfect, it...

Pre's webOS is gorgeous and easy to use Highly responsive multitouch display

Keyboard feels cramped and flimsy Lacks removable memory

Hardware flaws aside, the Palm Pre made a solid impression on me. Its eye-catching design and smooth operation make this smartphone the most exciting device I've seen in a while

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Steven Levy (wired.com)

Review: Palm Pre

 

The compact, superb-looking smartphone matches the iPhone feature for feature — and adds multitasking plus a slide-out keyboard.

Great look and superb feel. Well-conceived OS with multitasking and instant notification. Physical keyboard. Utilizes iTunes to load and refresh content

Multitasking puts a big suck on the battery. Sprint exclusivity will be annoying to Palm-philes on a contract with AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. Keyboard is puny. If Apple blocks the handset’s access to iTunes, Pre users are hosed

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Ginny Mies (pcworld.com)

Palm Pre Phone Review

 

Pre's webOS is gorgeous and easy to use ; Highly responsive multitouch display

Keyboard feels cramped and flimsy ; Lacks removable memory

The Pre's webOS software is touch-friendly and fun, but the cramped QWERTY keyboard detracts from the phone's usability.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

Palm Pre (Sprint) review

 

Editors' note: The review and ratings have been updated since the original publish date to reflect changed features and bug fixes from various software updates and also includes final battery results.

The Palm Pre's multitasking capabilities and notifications system are unparalleled. The smartphone features a vibrant display with multitouch functionality as well as a solid Web browser and good multimedia integration. The Pre offered good call...

The Pre's keyboard is cramped. Battery life drains quickly, and the smartphone can be sluggish at times. Lacks expansion slot, video-recording capabilities, onscreen keyboard, and Flash support. The Pre App Catalog is still in beta with a limited...

Despite some missing features and performance issues that make it less than ideal for on-the-go professionals, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. The hardware could be...

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Palm Pre (Sprint)

 

A glossy black oval that fits perfectly into a medium-size hand, the 4.8-ounce Pre measures 3.9 by 2.3 by 0.7 inches (HWD). Its back feels soft and is a little bit curved, like a smooth rock. There's a home button at the bottom of the phone in a black...

Excellent design. Very cool interface. Synergy feature consolidates e-mail, contacts, and calendars. Syncs with iTunes just like an iPod

Very few third-party apps at launch. So-so reception. Short standby battery life. Limited IM apps ; Watch the Palm Pre video review

The Palm Pre is the sexiest handset since the iPhone—and it also marks the dawn of a major new smartphone platform. Although it lacks third-party apps and has some battery life issues, it's much more fun than any other phone Sprint offers.

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Palm Pre (Sprint) Review

 

We've seen many smart phones come and go since the original iPhone, and the $199 Palm Pre is the first device we've tested whose user interface not only matches up well to Apple's offering, but also beats it in some areas. The Pre isn't just cool and...

Slick and fun user interface, Synergy links contacts and unifies calendars, Very good Web browser, Elegant notification system, Fast, responsive accelerometer, Loud speaker

Short battery life, Cramped keyboard, Apps load slowly, Can't search e-mail, Lacks video recording

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

Palm Pre (Sprint)

 

Palm's breakthrough device is the first smart phone that truly gives the iPhone a run for its money.

Slick and fun user interface ; Synergy links contacts and unifies calendars ; Very good Web browser ; Elegant notification system ; Fast, responsive accelerometer ; Loud speaker

Short battery life ; Cramped keyboard ; Apps load slowly ; Can't search e-mail ; Lacks video recording

So what's missing? Nothing is particularly wrong with the design, but, in some respects, we think Palm left too much on the cutting room floor from its Treo line. Specifically, we would have liked to see a dedicated camera launch button (for grabbing a...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : ubergizmo.com (ubergizmo.com)

Palm Pre Review: Don’t Call it an iPhone Killer

 

No, it's not. And that's not a bad thing. It's simply different. Despite having a capacitive touchscreen, snappy animations and even many of the same designers (defects from Apple's iPhone team), the Pre is a very different device.

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

Battery

Standby time (2G):300
Talk time (2G):5

Camera

Built-in camera: Yes
Rear camera type:Single camera

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Slider

Display

Display Diagonal:3.1
Display Resolution:320 x 480
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Messaging

Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9

Multimedia

FM radio: No

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data network:3G

Other Features

Ringer type:Polyphonic

Performance

Operating system installed:Palm OS
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes

Software

Operating system installed:Palm OS

Storage

Internal memory:8192

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.665
Height:3.98
Weight:4.76
Width:2.34
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