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Palm Pre 2, webOS 2.0 introduced by HP

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Palm Pre 2, webOS 2.0 introduced by HP
Not exactly a surprise, HP has introduced the Palm Pre 2 powered by webOS 2.0. Despite the difference in reception from the introduction of the original model of the handset and the OS, there are some real changes here that could make the Palm Pre a competitor in the smartphone wars. The device now has a 1GHz processor under the hood, and while those who see the glass half empty might say that Palm should have just waited to launch with a 1.2GHz chip, the glass is half full guy would note that there is a holiday shopping season to be concerned with. The Palm Pre 2 will launch this Friday in France by SFR, with Verizon getting the honor of kicking off the U.S. release "in the coming months".

Other features of note include a 5MP camera on the back with LED flash and video capture. The Pre 2 now features a smooth glass touchscreen, which unfortunately still measures only 3.1 inches with resolution of 320 x 480 pixels (apparently Palm designers didn't read the reviews on the BlackBerry Torch 9800). The Palm Pre 2 will support up to 16GB in microSD storage in a "sleeker" package.

The changes to webOS 2.0 include the capability to have true multitasking. You will be able to easily switch between apps without having to shut anything. Related apps are stacked together to help things run smoothly. "Just Type" allows you to start an e-mail, create a message, head to a web site before you even open an app on the phone. All you need to do is... just type. Exhibition is a program that runs automatically when you use the Touchstone charging dock. While your phone is charging, you will be able to see your calendar, view a sideshow, or use any app designed for use while the phone is getting powered up. Finally, what you webOS fans have been waiting for, the new build comes with a beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 in the browser. For more information, and to sign up to receive details from Palm as the phone draws closer to a U.S. launch, visit the source link.

The million dollar question is, has HP and Palm made the changes required to get the Palm Pre 2 and webOS2 back in the game? Certainly the software seems much improved, but since the introduction of the original Pre back in January 2009, screen sizes and resolution have improved greatly. Can the handset's 3.1 inch screen cut it in a world of 4 inch Super AMOLED displays?

Palm Pre 2 Specifications

source: Palm

The Palm Pre 2 now has a 1GHz chip under the hood

The Palm Pre 2 now has a 1GHz chip under the hood

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Pathetic. This is exactly what Apple has done with the iPhone.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 10:13

2. bucky (Posts: 3113; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

very tru, but apple is smart enough to know that they still have a cult like following...something the pre doesnt have anymore.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 10:31

3. jim doe (unregistered)

precentral.com don't kid yourself bucky. it's just about 1/64th the size of apple's fan base

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 11:30

5. bucky (Posts: 3113; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

i guess thats why the phone is doing so well.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 11:59

7. grags (unregistered)

It's kind of funny how the few intelligent people left in the world are not getting Android and iOS phones and following other sheeple like yourself. Doesn't need to be the most popular thing on the block to be a good device that you can show loyalty to.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 13:46

11. bucky (Posts: 3113; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

You don't have to be a genius to know that your hard earned money (not your parents money) should be supported properly. It's not being a sheep but rather making sure that it's backed because the company is still making money.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 10:50

4. Inzo (unregistered)

I hope these mobilephone maker company read reviews and the comment end-customers written..

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 11:30

6. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

so is webOS 2.0 coming to the original Pre and Pre Plus??

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 12:18

8. Droid X Doug (unregistered)

Probably not, since a 1Ghz chip is probably needed to run the additional functionality of webOS 2.0.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 12:55

9. SilkyDrip (unregistered)

Palm says that "the webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing customers in the coming months," but what that exact timeline will be is still unclear. This statement can be found on PreCentral, so it sounds to me as though WebOS 2.0 will be released for the Pre 1 and Pixi (and their + variants).

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 13:23

10. depeche (unregistered)

They are not stupid... If they release webOS 2.0 NOW, I may not buy their new phone.. Say what you want. The Palm Pre' is a very nice alternative, it gets the job done..

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 14:03

12. SilkyDrip (unregistered)

Oh it's more than a nice alternative! I recently jumped from the Droid Eris (rooted with a fantastic Froyo rom) to the Pre Plus and man I wish I would have just gotten this right away WebOS is so damn intuitive and easy to use! The multitasking is simply amazing and it still completely blows Android and iOS out of the water the way it did when the Pre was first introduced, which was like what a year ago now? The whole Android craze Verizon kicked off really sucked the life out of WebOS and I truly hope with the backing of HP and the copious amounts of money they can bring to the table that WebOS gets the kind of attention it deserves.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 19:05

13. I Heart Dumbasses (unregistered)

Anything HP touches turns to absolute shit. Look at Compaq. I feel bad for Palm, it sucked in the first place, now it has it's own coffin.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 20:31

15. 2lazy2log-in (unregistered)

ummm... HP made Compaq bad?... really? in my experience, Compaq was the worst computer you could buy... so why HP acquired compaq and kept it alive is beyond me.. I have had nothing buy good experiences with my HP printers, Desktops, Laptops, and WinMo phones in the past few years... so... your comment is garbage. They aren't the Number 1 computer and server distribution company in the world becuase they sell bad merchandise. I hope WebOS can make a come back...but I think this form factor only appeals to a few people... I want a 4-5 inch tablet of a phone.. Sans physical keyboard. I think on screen typing is faster and 3rd party alternatives allow for finding personal preferences, like SWYPE! Palm, diversify your webOS offerings, keep this model as some people like it, make a larger screen 3.5-5" landscape QWERTY, and a 3.5-5" slate/tablet form factor. 3 different phones running the same OS expands your market to 3 times its current size.

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 21:45

16. MOTOX (unregistered)

OMG, 2LAZY2LOG-IN, I LOVE YOU....SAME THING HAPPENS WITH ME...hp comp turns to shit...we fixed it....bull you just sat it there and then sent it back to me...printer broke....palm pre....crappy battery....give me a break hp...never again!

posted on 19 Oct 2010, 19:34

14. sonisoe (Posts: 434; Member since: 06 May 2009)

oh my, as fantastic as the os may be, palm needs a bang .... we're no highest-paid marketing executives at hpalm but it doesnt make sense why they're not introducing a new design considering it was all a flop...the 1ghz is fine, just need a new stunning hardware

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 12:47

17. XstopwhiningX (unregistered)

hey the palm is awesome you guys are just haters of anything that doesnt have an i in front of it. if it was the ipalm, you would all be j ing off to it...

nothing but hypocrital phone bashing losers on this site.. everyone is entitled to their opinion on the phone they like just because it doesnt have an i or a stupid looking green trash can looking robot icon doesnt mean its a bad phone

palm is known for reliability and simplicity, neither iphone or android can boast both.

ill give you this ... palm def. had the creepiest adds bar none!

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