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Hardware isn't worthy of the software
penetrode has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I bought the unlocked GSM version and used it on AT&T 3g. All the speak about how webOS is an amazing OS definitely rings true. The user experience is simply unmatched across any platform, iOS included. Notifications are top notch and webOS also offers a true multi-tasking experience that just works. Simple put, it's a seamless experience. The knock on webOS is app availability, with Preware (home-brew apps), there isn't any stone left unturned. You can pretty much find anything app wise. The only qualms I have about the pre 2 is the hardware. Besides the upgraded 1ghz process, gorilla glass screen, and 5mp camera, there isn't much here. The keyboard feels cheap, no on-screen keyboard (can be enabled via patch), slider mechanism feels cheap. All in all the build quality is poor and just isn't what I'm used to, especially for a higher-end phone priced near $500. One aspect of the hardware that did impress was the Gorilla glass screen. Very nice touch/feel and durability. To summarize,the hardware isn't worthy of the software. Unless you're a die-hard Palm/webOS/pre fan, I would definitely hold off and wait to see what HP has in store hardware-wise for Palm. webOS definitely has my attention and HP/Palm products will be on my radar in the future.
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Pre 2 - Decent, great for those who appreciate it, may not be the best for the average joe
kangaskhan9 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The Pre 2 features webOS (and all the benefits coming with it, a web search will give you all the details), and many nice touches, although it lacks what some consider fundamentals.
Wireless charging, hidden mirror, and the overall design are great.
webOS is arguably the best mobile OS, (contrary to what Apple wants you to think) but has an uncertain future and has some bugs.
Some features are lacking, e.g. OBEX (if you don't know what it is, it won't matter), Proxy support, and some other minor features.
And app selection is spartan. some big names are there, but many are conspicuously missing from the App Catalog. (there is only one actual office editing suite, compared to the 3+ of iOS)
TLDR? webOS can be the best OS, but lacks some core optimization and features. The Pre 2 has some awesome features and touches, but is not going to be destroying the iPhone anytime soon.
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OS has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The potentials of the Software / Hardware is great, the execution is buggy sometimes. I have an Android phone and also had an Iphone. So I have an overview from a user perspective on the different phones and operating systems.
People like the look of the Pre 2. As it's rare, it still grabs attention everywhere. The built should be a little bit more robust, but all in all, the phone feels good. The keyboard is easy to use and works well. Using any virtual keyboard after the Pre is something I don't want. Pre's physical keyboard tops all virtual ones for sure.
In terms of the OS, it is very user friendly, and it could be the best OS out there. If you wanna use calendar, e-mail, phone, internet, notes, the basics, it's probably the best phone out there. But;
The only problem of the OS is, that it's full of glitches, that makes life a little bit annoying. It makes you feel like you are a tester of a beta product.
Like, the synergy function - that unites all your accounts and manages them harmoniously - would be a killer feature, except it's buggy. For example gmail contact sync is not smooth. I add a contact on the phone, it does not show up in my gmail account, just the other way around. Then automatic gmail setup buggy, had to fix it manually. Then in facebook feed, the posts show up as duplicates sometimes. The OS is full of things like that. People say that such issues might be fixed with the new OS release.
So, this would be a really great product without the bugs.
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