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Palm Pre Review

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Jun 2009, 12:27

The Palm Pre is the best phone we’ve ever used. Quite simply, it’s a brilliant phone and we appreciate the detail put into both the hardware and more importantly the software. It at least matches the iPhone, and often trumps it, in just about every aspect...

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posted on 17 Jun 2009, 01:04

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posted on 15 Jun 2009, 06:41

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

I can't understand battery life not being a bigger issue. The review simply says: it does a bunch of stuff at once, so crappy battery life is OK. WHAT??? My 3G has twice the battery life and loses next to nothing in functionality. The 3GS will have more than twice the battery life. These devices are for people on the go, not people that are at chargers all day. I have to give my 3G a full charge nearly every day. A pre just wouldn't work for me.

posted on 15 Jun 2009, 07:53

22. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)

and if palm locked down the pre and didnt allow multitasking like the 3g then it would have better battery life too. it would also be a worse phone. that, plus gsm is better than cdma for batteries.

posted on 15 Jun 2009, 10:28

24. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

From what I hear, the 3g has about the same battery problems so if that works for you, if you use it the same way, you should be fine. The 3gs could run into the same problems if they start working the phone harder, but as of right now, the simple tasking that the iPhone does being locked down to no multitasking. Sure it will have great battery life and easy to improve upon so for someone whose main concern is having a fun touch screen phone with great music and webrowsing capibilities that is great on the go and lasts a good time on batteries, the 3gs will definately be the way to go. Also, yes GSM is a lot easier on batteries, and has many great perks. Coming from a Win-Mo user though, you find ways around the battery life, and its expected when being able to have a phone that lets you be a power user... The great thing is though, you can always get reserve batteries, which the iPhone still sadly doesn't allow.

posted on 18 Jun 2009, 01:53

31. yootubeloobe (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jul 2008)

Wtf!? 9.9? lol. Yeah, the Pre's good, but not 99%! Something's not right, I did the math and got 8.9375 so 8.9 not 9.9.

posted on 23 Jun 2009, 16:07

35. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

I AGREE ( see comment 34) i got the exact same thing

posted on 18 Jun 2009, 15:17

32. davidneary01 (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)

i have the pre and for the life of me will never understand this logic that if the pre is a good phone then the iphone must suck..look the iphone was a revolutionary device that all other phones have been aspiring too..without the iphone i don't think the pre would be half the phone it is..both are great phones that each have some small drawbacks, but both are probably on anybody's short list of best devices available right now.. i think mercedez bmw and audi all make exceptional cars and none of them suck.. maybe the pre will inspire the next gen iphone to do something even better and so on.. i am with sprint because i live in a good coverage area with outstanding 3g service..i don't travel overseas and text and use every single bell and whistle on my phone constantly so the simply everything plan for 99.00 is just too good to pass up..i don't need a house phone and never have to worry about extra charges ever..navigation whatever..of course this would be different if i needed gsm or lived in an area that required verizon's coverage..it just seems like every person is different with there own needs..if sprint fits your needs, then you can not go wrong with the pre, i promise.. if you need gsm, love the third party apps and are a mac, apple fan to begin with then of course you would get the iphone.. they are both great phones and i hope they along with the g1 and other devices keep pushing each other because we benefit in the long run.. btw pre>iphone..lol

posted on 23 Jun 2009, 16:05

34. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

not trying to say anything phonearena ppl but add all the numbers and it comes out to 71.5........divide it by 8 and you get 8.9375 (8.9) ONE POINT LOWER THAN YOU RATED IT OVERALL explain please?????

posted on 24 Jun 2009, 12:25

36. blissdds (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jun 2009)

I am really having a hard time understanding this review. I have always loved phone arena's reviews and have agreed with most of them. This one has me a little perplexed. I have a hard time believing this is the best phone ever reviewed for the following reasons: 1. No video support on a smart phone. Even Apple corrected this with their new one. To a consumer with children, video recording on a phone with a $200 price tag and a 2 year service commitment should be a no brainer. 2. A very average megapixel camera. Once again, to be better than the iphone, you should be better in all catagories. A 3 megapixel camera on a new smart phone that is Sprint's salvation should be at least a 5 megapixel. 3. Better battery life. With new AMOLED screens and battery life on smart phones approaching 10 hours, a 9.9 phone should at least be better than average. 4. No flash support on the browser, no software keyboard and limited video support. All of these things should be points deducted. I know this phone has quite the "wow" factor and the interface is amazing, but I just can't see how a smart phone that is missing these items I have listed should have a 9.9. I am in the market for a new phone, and would love to get the Palm if not for these few things. I look at the Omnia II that is coming to Verizon and for a smart phone for an average consumer, it sounds like this has much better features even if it does run on Windows. Please help me understand this. I would love to get the Palm if I could just reconcile these issues.

posted on 25 Jun 2009, 15:00

37. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Phone Arena needs to change the final score. Averaging the score, you do get an 8.9 instead of a 9.9 so...yeah. The Palm Pre might be a good phone, but it's not a nearly perfect phone.

posted on 29 Jun 2009, 19:20

39. sprntfanboi02 (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)

i agree with phone arena, the pre is nearly a perfect phone.....i mean it does pretty much everything you could ever want a phone to do, and then some.....im sick of all you people ragging on phone arena when your probably sitting at home on your couches....these people work hard everyday to bring us the latest and greatest in cell phone news and still find the time to review every phone worth reviewing......so how about this your opinion can count when its your profession and you get paid to review cell phones

posted on 02 Jul 2009, 17:30

40. inicuo (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2009)

I don't know how you can read this review and not see bias in it, however, I am excited to see a phone finally coming out that can give Apple some competition. Although, I was really expecting to see something much much sooner and on a better service provider. The iPhone has been out for two years and there really hasn't been anything that could be compared to the overall functionality and software the iPhone has. The Pre however seems to be the first to change that, but I think they are atleast one year too late. Ironically the iPhone is to the smartphone market, what Windows is to the computer market. They dominate. Hopefully the Pre can catch up with available apps, but I don't for see that happening quickly. The reason I chose to get a new 3GS over the Pre is mainly because of the software available today. The Pre may have the ability to out shine the iPhone, but it sure doesn't right now at this moment. Why pay for a phone that is going to be awsome some day versus owning one that already is? Another big deal breaker for me is the provider. I have to travel two hours to get 3G service on Sprint. AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon/alltel have 3G service where I live. The best provider for service locally is Verizon. But where is their iPhone killer? It disappoints me that the iPhone has been out for two years and all the while I was hanging out with a WinMo phone, hoping a great iPhone killer would come out. I know many of you that have posted probably feel the Pre is The One(Neo), but I disagree. I have finally thrown in the towel and joined the Apple Fanboy club.

posted on 11 Sep 2009, 15:34

42. bigcov (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2009)

how come you don't update your top/best ratings thing? Shouldn't the pre be on that list somewhere? and for the carriers its not updated at all. you still have the samsung instinct as the best sprint phone but what about the s30 or the pre of course, or the tour or touch pro2. Please update to help people better pick their phones.

posted on 27 Oct 2009, 19:22

43. mrvid (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)

9.9 How in the world did you get 9.9 on a phone a normal person can't even type on? And so so many things phones that are years old can already do and this phone can't! Come on guys how much did Palm pay for this false plumped up ad?

posted on 08 Nov 2010, 19:46

45. luMontana (unregistered)

I'm a Pal Pre user, and I got to say I do love my phone but the lack of support and apps added to the battery life which is so poor, I regret having bought this phone

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