Verizon Pre 2 Review
Call quality on the Palm Pre 2 did sound a bit better and more natural than the Pre Plus, but still not quite as good as with the Motorola DROID X. We made back-to-back calls with both, and the Pre 2 was a bit more muffled sounding, where the DROID X was clearer and had overall better tone. Signal reception on the Pre 2 was good, as we would average 3 out of 5 bars in high coverage areas and didn’t drop any calls.
The included 1150mAh battery with the Palm Pre 2 is the same one that is included with the Pre Plus, and both phones are rated to get up to 5.5 hours of talk time or 14 days of standby time on a full charge. During our testing we were able to get 5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge; with no apps or data services running in the background. However, under mixed usage, which includes some talk, web browsing, messaging and email, expect to charge the device each night.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Palm Pre 2. We like its overall shape, though its design is a bit dated now, but it’s easy to hold and feels comfortable in the hand. The improved webOS 2.0 software and 1GHz processor makes the Pre 2 feel faster and more powerful than the Pre Plus. But at this point, we’re not sure if the Pre 2 has what it takes to attract any new users to is, since Verizon’s big sellers are Android smartphones, and they are now also carrying the iPhone 4. The Palm Pre 2 is currently selling for $149 with a 2-year contract, which is the same price as the Motorola DROID X, and only $50 less than the 16GB iPhone 4. Because of this, the Pre 2 is a tough sell and is mostly targeted to current Pre Plus users that are looking for an upgrade and want to stay with the webOS experience. But new smartphone users will probably be attracted to other devices.
UPDATE: HP has recently lowered the price of their Palm Pre 2 to $29.99 but it must be ordered through their web site directly, and the price is valid for new and current Verizon customers that agree to a 2-year contract. However, the Verizon Wireless web site still lists it as $149.99 with a 2-year contract, so we’re not sure if this is just a temporary promotion that HP is doing for the Palm Pre 2 or will be permanent.
Software version of the reviewed unit: webOS 2.0.1, Firmware RC1.7 (557)
Verizon Pre 2 Video Review:
- Easy to use webOS 2.0 user interface
- Multitasking ‘card’ visualization
- Fast 1GHz processor
- 16GB internal memory
- Limited app downloads
- QWERTY keyboard is still too small
- Camera lacks autofocus
1. Mister x (unregistered) posted on 03 Mar 2011, 09:37 2 0
I am a Palm fan and enjoyed the Preplus. The two glaring omissions are as follows.
Does not support voice activated dialing, (at least I can't find it)
Does not have visual voice mail (from vzw)
Otherwise I love the operating system. Easy to use and I love the tabs which makes it easy to multitask. Both the Preplus and 2 are very good phones, possible the best in the industry. I would agree the X is the ONLY device that gives them a run, and may very well be better. The processory is way faster, and battery life seems to be about 25% better..Looking forward the the Pre 3
2. rayjones09 posted on 11 Mar 2011, 10:50 1 0
I still would like to use a Palm Pre 2 in person.