Palm Pre reviews appear; can it beat the iPhone and Android devices?

Palm Pre reviews appear; can it beat the iPhone and Android devices?

Summary: There hasn't been any good Palm Pre reviews posted and with the launch of the Pre taking place from Sprint this Saturday I expected to see a few appear to generate some talk and hype for the device. It turns out the Palm Pre has been in the hands of some reviewers for some time and I have to say that Dieter Bohn over at PreCentral.net posted one of the most comprehensive reviews I have read that includes 12 videos to go along with the text of almost every s

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There hasn't been any good Palm Pre reviews posted and with the launch of the Pre taking place from Sprint this Saturday I expected to see a few appear to generate some talk and hype for the device. I did not receive a review unit (Palm usually hooks me up for 30 days) so I wasn't sure if Palm or Sprint were even sending them out to anybody but Mossberg and Pogue. It turns out the Palm Pre has been in the hands of some reviewers for some time and I have to say that Dieter Bohn over at PreCentral.net posted one of the most comprehensive reviews I have read that includes 12 videos to go along with the text of almost every section.

Other reviews you might want to check out include those from:

Stephen Widstrom at BusinessWeek didn't seem overly impressed with the device and offers a fairly cool review of the Palm Pre.

I am personally not planning to pick up a Pre myself on Saturday primarily because it is only available from Sprint. If it was available on T-Mobile or AT&T I would definitely pick one up, but I think there is still a lot to find out before I am sold on WebOS and Palm's new hardware. I am getting to like my T-Mobile G1 more and more every day and the Palm Pre will have to show me it can beat the Google Android OS before I look to get one for myself.

Any readers plan to get in line to try to buy a Pre on Saturday?

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  • WebOS merge with Android

    Palm has done a great job with the design of the Pre & WebOS. Hopefully, they will be successful with it. It would, however, be nice if Palm could find a way to merge WebOS with Android. This would:

    1. Allow their devices to run Android apps.

    2. Enable three app development options for Android:
    - local Java-based apps
    - local JavaScript/CSS/HTML5-based apps
    - browser-based JavaScript/CSS/HTML5 web apps

    3. Free up some of their OS developers to do other revenue-generating tasks (e.g app/service/device development).

    HTC has developed a cool user experience on Android (screenshots here: http://phandroid.com/2009/06/03/htc-rosie-screenshots )

    Lenovo has developed their own user experience on Android (video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw55TSW8aTE )

    Why not a Palm-experience on Android?

    Or, for that matter:

    Why not a Blackberry-experience on Android?
    Or a Symbian-experience on Android?
    linuser
    • Say no to Android

      Android is just another example of Google spyware. The want to be everywhere, and collect data on everybody. To be avoided at all costs.
      jorjitop
      • Blanket statements

        Blanket statements like that indicate you are either slightly paranoid or simply anti-Google.

        Android is open source, so anyone can look at the code to see what it does.

        In the case of Palm, RIM & Symbian, if they decided to use Android as a base, they would mostly likely replace Google's services with their own anyway.
        linuser
  • Apple is right again

    They said that multi-tasking kills battery life, and Pogue and
    Palm both admit the battery life on the Pre sucks.

    So: Long battery life
    Multi-tasking.

    Pick one.
    frgough
    • It sucks because of Sprint's network.

      My experience with CDMA-based networks and batteries all come down to the same result, very poor battery life. CDMA phones use considerable amounts of power to amplify the signal received and even when there is no signal to amplify, it continuosly searches for a signal no matter how weak.

      PDA's and CDMA just don't mix well unless there is a massive battery stuck on the back.
      jmiller1978
    • Perhaps it should be user configurable

      The iPhone DOES do multi-tasking. It is just not available for 3rd-party apps.

      Multi-tasking is necessary, if users want programs to continue to run in the background, while they use another. Perhaps smartphone OSes should include an option to disable it OR to limit the number of background programs that can stay running. Then, users can decide what is most important to them.
      linuser
  • I'm staying with my G1, thank you (n/t)

    .
    chas_2
  • Does it need to?

    To be successful for Palm, does it need to 'beat' iPhone or
    Android devices? Or can it be successful by just being a
    viable alternative to those two?
    JakAttak
    • Precisely.

      People thought of Nintendo and the Wii the same way. "That thing will never beat the 360 or PS3, it doesn't even have HD." That was an all too common response to the Wii, to which Nintendo replied "We're not trying to be competition but an alternative." The rest is history with the Wii spanking both of them.

      The biggest hinderance the Pre faces is Sprint. With their horrible customer service and dwindling user base, was Sprint the wisest choice?
      jmiller1978