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Palm Pre (updated)

October 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Reviews

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

CES Update: The Highlights & Disappointments so far…

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Apologies to all for the lack of updates since my arrival at CES this week. As you might expect it has been manic and TrustedReviews has to take priority but you can see the vast array of stories that Riyad, Andy and I have been producing on our dedicated CES page.

Highlight so far?

That’s easy. Surpassing every expectation was the Palm Pre and the company’s stunning new Web OS mobile platform. In short it takes the best of Android, mobile OS X and the INQ1 and combines it with some genuinely innovative features. Palm shares rose an incredible 35 per cent following the unveiling, if that doesn’t say people are impressed I don’t know what does. Here’s the full write-up.

Biggest Disappointment?

The Sony and Microsoft keynotes were both dull as dishwater and we didn’t get much of a look at Windows 7 but with the public beta now available that doesn’t matter too much.

Honourable mentions?

In truth, they tend to fall in line with my CES Preview: affordable SSDs (OCZ and SanDisk are leading the way at present), ultra slim HDTVs (Samsung, Sharp, Panasonic and more take a bow) plus the Sony P Series netbook for daring to try and do something different with this much-of-a-muchness category (even if using Vista as the OS when picking an Atom CPU is complete madness).

I’ll be back with more soon and I’ll also see if I can get you gets the very first JtBP review of the Palm Pre as an apology for the lack of updates.

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