With the Pre coming out this Saturday, a few lucky bloggers around the Internet are posting their reviews. While we are working on getting one upon launch to review, we decided to post a round-up of current reviews. Hit the jump to see excerpts from some blogs that have posted their reviews. And keep checking back for our review!
The Pre may have hardware that’s worse than the G1/G2, but the whole package—the software and the hardware—isn’t bad. It’s good. It’s different. That’s something we can get behind. I can’t wait to see what Palm gets dealt in their next hand.
To put it simply, the Pre is a great phone, and we don’t feel any hesitation saying that. Is it a perfect phone? Hell no. Does its OS need work? Definitely. But are any of the detracting factors here big enough to not recommend it? Absolutely not. There’s no doubt that there’s room for improvement in webOS and its devices, but there’s also an astounding amount of things that Palm nails out of the gate.
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 unparalled multitasking capabilities. The hardware could be better, but more importantly, Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.
Whether you get a Pre or not, its brilliant software will leave its mark on the phones you buy in the future, just like the iPhone did after its debut.
All in all, I believe the Pre is a smart, sophisticated product that will have particular appeal for those who want a physical keyboard. It is thoughtfully designed, works well and could give the iPhone and BlackBerry strong competition — but only if it fixes its app store and can attract third-party developers.
So do the Pre’s perks (beautiful hardware and software, compact size, keyboard, swappable battery, flash, multitasking, calendar consolidation) outweigh its weak spots (battery life, occasional sluggishness, ringer volume)? Oh, yes indeedy. Especially when you consider that Verizon Wireless has announced that it will carry the Pre “in the next six months or so.
The Pre isn’t perfect, but it’s very good; when Palm start rolling out OTA updates and delivering things like video recording, it’ll get even better. We’ve high hopes for the Pre’s success, but we’re even more excited about where Palm will take webOS.
Overall, though, webOS is the most exciting mobile platform I’ve used in quite a while, and the Pre is pretty impressive, so it nabs our Editors’ Choice for smartphones on Sprint.
The touchscreen was very responsive, design was a massive improvement compared to past Palm devices, camera is only standard but the display and ease of use with applications should make this a promising device for Palm.
Perhaps it’s the threat of financial ruin, but the company seems far more attuned to user feedback than previously; there’s a lot riding on the Pre, and Palm know we know it. Thankfully they’ve delivered a smartphone not only capable but honestly impressive and distinctive. Improvements to webOS will only make it better, but even in this fledgling state we’d readily recommend the Palm Pre.
Once the initial Pre launch is over and done with and all the hype, smoke and mirrors are clear though, we can see Palm being pretty successful moving forward. Hell, Palm has converted tons of people into raging Pre fanboys before they could even see the phone in person! Very Apple-esque. More carriers will get the Pre, more handsets will be released and WebOS could very well keep things interesting even if the hardware is lacking.