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Palm Pre

alaTest has collected and analyzed 459 reviews of Palm Pre. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and design are generally positive. The portability and performance are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the sound and reception.

usability, performance, portability, design, reliability

durability, battery, reception, sound

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 by: (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 really like the screen and design. The reliability and size are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative opinions about the battery and reception. There are some mixed reviews about the GPS navigation and price.

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)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and price. The design and performance are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the size, and many are negative about the reliability and portability.

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

Sep, 2016

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

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...

3.1" 16M-color TFT display of 320 x 480 pixel resolution and excellent sunlight legibility ; 3 megapixel fixed focus camera, LED flash ; Quad-band GSM support ; Tri-band UMTS support with HSDPA ; ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics chip ; 256...

No video calls over the 3G network ; No memory card slot ; Glossy plastics look cheap, love fingerprints ; Camera has no auto focus… nor any settings at all, disappointing image quality ; No video recording unless hacked ; Web browser lacks Flash...

The webOS and all the touchscreen gadgetry will sure keep us busy enough. It's the interface and the handling that will earn the Palm Pre its deserved share of admirers. But before we power up this multitasking monster and start navigating its new and...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Palm Pre

 

Despite some missing features and performance issues, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition, but also sets a new...

The Palm Pre's multitasking capabilities and notifications system are unparalleled, A vibrant display with multi-touch functionality, Solid web browser and good multimedia integration

QWERTY keyboard is cramped, Battery drains quickly, Lacks expansion slot, video-recording capabilities, on-screen keyboard and Flash support

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: 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

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

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

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

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:ARM
Processor Number:CORTEX-A8

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Not Applicable

Configuration

Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
AUDIOFORMATS: Yes
Bluetooth:Not Applicable
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
IP Protection:Not Applicable
Java: No
Material:Not Applicable / Unknown
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
Solar Energy Driven: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen + QWERTY
Video Client: No
Wireless Charging:Not Applicable

Connectivity

A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA: Yes
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Aerial Connection:No / Not Applicable
Approved Partner:Not Applicable
Battery Quality:Not Applicable
Battery Type:Not Applicable
Bluetooth:Not Applicable
Category:Cigarette Lighter Adapter / Screen Protection
Colour Effect of Cover:Not Applicable
Colour of Cover:Not Applicable
Compatibility:PALM
Design:Slider
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Gaming Cover: No
Operating System:Palm WebOS
Operating System Version:Palm WebOS
Operator:3 / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Virgin / Vodafone
Package: No
Product Type:Smartphone
Type of Case:Not Applicable
Type of Cover:Not Applicable
Type of Installation:Not Applicable
Type of Partial Cover:Not Applicable
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes

Processor

Processor Brand:Unknown
Processor Number:CORTEX-A8
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