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

Samsung i8910 HD

June 29, 2009 by  
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Yes, it’s easily Samsung’s best attempt at an iPhone killer to date. The i8910 HD is featured packed with a 3.7in 16:9 AMOLED 360 x 640 capacitive touchscreen, eight megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Face Detection, Smile Shot, Blink Shot and Panorama Shot. HD 720p video recording, HSUPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, 8GB of native flash memory, a 32GB compatible microSD card slot, an FM tuner, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor.

There’s DivX /Xvid, H.264, WMV, Mpeg4 and Real video playback, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC, WMA and Real Audio playback, dual stereo speakers with DNSe 2.0 and a Symbian S60 5.0 backbone with Document Viewer, E-Dictionary, Biz Card Recognition, Podcasting, 3D Games, app downloads, Push Email (MS Exchange) and Smart Search. Finally we find a whopping 1500 mAh battery. So really what’s NOT to like? I’ll tell you…

The preamble: My cult and contentious reviews’ system. Designed as a time saver to highlight the potential deal breakers in a product before you commit to reading lengthy reviews on your favourites sites and/or magazines. For a more detailed description please read: THE RULES

Samsung i8910 HD

Samsung i8910 HD also known as the Omnia HD

Just the Bad Points Review: Samsung i8910 HD

  • It’s BIG. Dimensions of 123 x 58 x 12.9mm give it the largest touchscreen handset footprint to date
  • It’s heavy. 144g it roughly 10% more than an iPhone, which itself is normally the limit people are happy with
  • There’s no multi-touch. Despite the introduction of a capacitive screen (which is what the iPhone has) Samsung still hasn’t done it
  • No App Store. Samsung (Jet aside) uses third party platforms and hasn’t got together its own third party applications store
  • The UI still isn’t as smooth or finger friendly as Palm’s WebOS, Google Android or, yes, iPhone OS
  • It’s expensive on contract. Not iPhone 3gS expensive of course, but certainly it reflects its flagship status