Palm Pre (updated)

October 16, 2009 by  
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Given the devices’ UK launch today I’ve republished and updated this JtBP review for your perusal…

For once the hottest smartphone on the planet isn’t made by Apple. Even more incredibly it’s made by Palm, the comeback kid so far of 2009.  On TrustedReviews I have already guided you through the wonderful plus points of this handset but could there be any good reasons not to be buy it?

Read the Rules if you aren’t familiar with my already seemingly cult and contentious reviews’ system. In short, with JtBP I save the gushing praise for every other review you’ll read and bring you the bullet points on any potential deal breakers with something before you commit to the long winded waffle on your favourite sites/publications. It’s a time saver.

After I managed to grab more than an hour with this stunner here’s the JtBP review:

Palm Pre in the wild

Palm Pre in the wild

Just the Bad Points Review: Palm Pre

  • It may be superbly innovative but at 138g the Palm Pre isn’t light
  • The 3MP camera has above average image processing, but it hardly competes with dedicated camera phones
  • The Palm Pre ‘App Catalog’ has made a slow start to life with very few apps and teething problems launching paid apps.
  • The Pre is not compatible with previous Palm third party apps
  • Lacking business support (office document compatibility, editing, etc) though Microsoft Exchange is there
  • Battery life is poor with heavy use requiring two charges per day
  • Build quality isn’t great with a cheap plastic finish and wobbling sliding mechanism
  • The keyboard is neat, but the keys too compact if you have large fingers.
  • No microSD/SDHC slot limiting you to 8GB of onboard memory. Why oh why?
  • Video recording functionality is not ready in time for launch


5 Responses to “Palm Pre (updated)”
  1. TheLostSwede says:

    Gordon, the US will get EVDO which is the same as HSDPA in a way, although only used by a few of the US phone companies. Not having HSDPA isn’t going to an issue for those that don’t travel outside of the US in this case. Although, as this is a business tool (or so I understand they’re trying to pitch it) it’s pretty stupid.
    Also, saying that the camera is crap isn’t quite fair when you have an iPhone with a shitty 2MP camera which is selling like hotcakes. What you should’ve picked up on instead is the fact that the Pre can’t shoot video at the moment which is a joke. Support is meant to be coming, but it wasn’t clear if this will be before or after the launch.

  2. Gordon says:

    Don’t think I said the camera was crap – quite the opposite in fact, I pointed out its low resolution but qualified it.

    Whatever handset I have is surely irrelevant – though I’ll give up some image quality for a fast shutter time and the iPhone isn’t bad there 😉

  3. vara411 says:

    Most criticisms are fair, especially lack of an SD card slot.

    But the Palm Pre? HEAVY? Come on… you’re grasping at straws.

    Anyway the benefits of this phone far outweigh the cons. Many of the complaints (aside from hardware) are being improved upon with software upgrades. I’m willing to hang in there for it because the OS is just so darn good.


    P.S. I have a hard time believing that you saw THAT Palm Pre in the wild… it has NO native Facebook app… at least here in the States.

  4. Gordon says:


    It’s subjective, but I doubt many people would call 138g light – that is roughly the same as an iPhone which gets similar complaints.

    The shot you see was taken by me at CES in January, so the Facebook app wasn’t developed yet. You will find our full TrustedReviews review however here:

    I’m a huge fan of webOS, but I don’t think the Pre is its optimal hardware platform as yet. Then again, for a first generation device it is undeniably superb.


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