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Introduced at CES 2009, the Pre is a new long-awaited smartphone from Palm.

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Pros

full 3.5mm headphone jack

16 agree

can have multiple applications running at the same time

16 agree

removable battery

16 agree

backlit QWERTY keyboard

15 agree

wireless charger

12 agree

beautiful iPhone-esque interface

12 agree

powerful processor

12 agree

8GB of internal storage

11 agree

large multitouch screen

10 agree

compact size

9 agree

runs Palm's webOS platform

9 agree

light and proximity sensors

8 agree

great wireless connectivity - EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, 802.11, Bluetooth

8 agree

Synergy system aggregates all your online identities and contacts into one place

7 agree

huge 3MP camera with flash

7 agree

one of the, if not the most fully featured phone to date

6 agree

small form-factor is great to hold and fit in your pocket

6 agree

Not Apple

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great display that is clear and vibrant

5 agree

better than the apple iphone!

4 agree

2-year contract for base $199.99 cost (as opposed to a 3-year)

4 agree

Bluetooth/USB tethering

3 agree

good brand

3 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

no higher capacity models

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no expandable memory

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exclusive to Sprint for the first half of 2009

9 agree

will be very expensive or highly subsidized by long contracts

7 agree

hard to protect with a case

4 agree

may have to purchase Touchstone separately

4 agree

large and quite annoying $100 MIR

4 agree

The screen is much smaller than iPhone screen

3 agree

short battery life

3 agree

no youtube?

3 agree

no tethering capabilities out of the box

3 agree

webOS application development slow; will most likely continue to trail far behind Symbian, Android, iPhone, even Windows Mobile

2 agree

hardware has a lighter and lower quality feel

2 agree

no music/app purchasing from the phone

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the keys on the keyboard are extremely small

2 agree

webapps only at launch

1 agrees

low voice quality when using phone

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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Introduced at CES 2009, the Pre is a new long-awaited smartphone from Palm. Featuring a 3.1" multitouch display along with a full QWERTY keyboard, it is one of the first smartphones to feature both types of user interaction. It also has a 3MP camera, complete with LED flash and 8GB of built-in storage. Palm aims to make the Pre the #1 competitor to the Apple iPhone by making it more fully featured than Apple's solution. The Pre will be exclusively with Sprint for the first half of 2009, although a launch date or MSRP have not been announced. A UMTS 3G model will be made available in the future. The release date for the Pre is set for June 6th 2009, from $199.99 after a $100 MIR.

Features
  • Texas Instruments OMAP CPU
  • 3.1" 320 x 480px multitouch display
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • rollerball
  • EVDO Rev A, WiFi & Bluetooth
  • GPS capable
  • 3MP camera with LED flash
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8GB of built in flash memory
  • Wireless charger
  • 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm, 4.76 ounces (135g)
Sprint Plans

Anyone buying a Pre will be allowed to pick from any of Sprint's "Everything" line of plans. This includes data and voice together. Sprint claims they do not want users going for voice-only plans because of extra charges they may incur without knowing while using the phone's various capabilities.

Individuals can choose from:

  • 450 minute ($69.99)
  • 900 minute ($89.99)
  • unlimited plans ($99.99)

Families can choose from:

  • 1500 minutes ($129.99)
  • 3000 minutes ($169.99)
  • unlimited plans ($189.99)

Business plans will follow a similar family model with 5 specific plan options, however no pricing structure is available.

Post Review
Omar
01/09/2009 05:14

I just watched a video on this phone at CrunchGear (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/01/09/palm-pre-hands-on-the-movie/) and I have to say that the mobile interface is the first one that rivals the iPhone's and in many ways surpasses it. FINALLY another company gets the multitouch right.
FINALLY another company gets the intuitive gestures.
FINALLY another company makes an interface that feels organic.
and FINALLY - ONE - company gets multitasking right.

That's my biggest number 1 negative against the iPhone is the complete lack of multitasking which completely disrupts and breaks the flow of using it. With the Pre you can switch between uses instantly and it all just works.

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