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Palm Pre Review – the wait was worth it.

Palm has been promising what became the Pre for close to five years. We think it was worth the wait. It is available from Sprint and is being heavily advertised right now.

The Palm Pre’s Highlights: The Palm Pre’s multitasking capabilities and notifications system are unmatched and superior to the iPhone. The smartphone features a vibrant display with multitouch functionality as well as a solid Web browser and good multimedia integration. The Pre offered good call quality and wireless options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

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Thing’s we’d change: The Pre’s keyboard size is tight. Battery life isn’t good, and the smartphone react’s sluggishly sluggish at times. No expansion slot, video-recording capabilities, onscreen keyboard, and Flash support. The Pre App Catalog needs a big expansion, as it has a limited number of titles.

This reviewer’s scoop: While there are some missing features and performance issues, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumer’s well-integrated features and an unparalleled ability to multitask. The handset will undoubtedly get better. But, Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.

User’s Impressions: The Palm Pre was supposed to be an iPhone killer, and it’s coming close. The operating system is everything the iPhone OS should have become and the fact that you can drag and drop files (unlike an iPhone) makes it an instant winner. If you’ve used an iPhone you practically want to jump off a bridge with managing files – you have to use WiFi to move files into the phone and only the application transferring that file will be able to see that file.

The Pre is the same as always – sync music, video and files or just drag and drop them onto the phone The multitasking and convenience of switching between applications. The Pre allows you to have several applications open and easily go back and forth. The information management is well integrated. I like that unlike the iPhone, it doesn’t assume you’re always connected to the Internet – it allows you to use a great email client offline without warnings, attempts to go online, etc. It will import Outlook tasks. Palm really did a good job with the basic core applications. Needs more Apps, and that will come in time. You can download email attachments.

Pre Specs:

Operating system: Palm® webOS™

Display: 3.1-inch touch screen, 24-bit color, 320×480 resolution, HVGA display

Keyboard: Physical QWERTY keyboard

Email: Microsoft Outlook® email with Microsoft® Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc)

Messaging: Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS

GPS: Built-in GPS

Digital camera: 3 megapixel camera, LED flash, extended depth of field

Sensors: Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication, Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support

Memory: 8GB of user storage (~7.4GB user available), USB mass storage support

Phone as laptop modem

Bluetooth tethering

Dimensions:

Width: 59.5mm (2.3 inches)

Height: 100.5mm (3.9 inches)

Thickness: 16.95mm (0.67 inches)

Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces)

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