Palm Pre Reviewed

8 Jun

We purchased the device as opposed to getting a review unit that other bloggers and journalists received. Here is our summary review:

  • Fastest 3G phone in North America today – Sprint’s EVDO network is under utilized.
  • Touch technology is good. Gestures below the screen were surprising and perhaps unnecessary
  • Interface is cool but nothing extraordinary
  • Keyboard is bad
  • Form Factor is lacking
  • Maps is good
  • UI is cool but the UI on the next generation of Windows mobile devices will be better

We disagree with Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal who rated the Pre second after Apple’s iPhone. We rate the Pre fourth – behind the Apple I-Phone, T-Mobile G-1 and the Blackberry Storm.

I feel the phone should have been priced at $99 and or launched in India as a GSM version. Units at launch would have been higher than the amounts sold in the US.

I am saddened that I have to return the phone as I will not be able to add the Pre to my phone collection which includes the first successful smart phone on the market launched in 2003 – the Handspring/Palm Treo 300.

I would like to conclude by saying, “Where have you gone Trip Hawkins?”

No Responses to “Palm Pre Reviewed”

  1. Ryan Esposto June 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    You were right, now with the Apple 3G @ $99 what are they going to do…I don’t envy Palm’s position

  2. Ryan Esposto June 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    u where right about $99, now what are they going to do about the Apple 3G @ $99…sounds like Palm has a nice product, but competition is only beginning to heat up

  3. Lara Druyan June 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    I think your suggestion with regard to establishing the phone in the Indian market is a great one. This offering strikes me as too little, too late.

  4. Ryan Esposto June 22, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Do you know what touchscreen technology (eg Synaptic?, Cypress, etc.) Toshiba is using for their new 1GHz smartphone the T-01A? Looks like a sharp phone.

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