June 16th 2009 1:02 am

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Engadget says:

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To put it simply, the Pre is a great phone, and we don't feel any hesitation saying that. Is it a perfect phone? Hell no. Does its OS need work? Definitely. But are any of the detracting factors here big enough to not recommend it? Absolutely not. There's no doubt that there's room for improvement in webOS and its devices, but there's also an astounding amount of things that Palm nails out of the gate. quote


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Critic reviews

7.9
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.4
  • Display
    9.4
  • Battery life
    5.8
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    6.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.7

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User reviews

8.1
100 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jun 3, 2009

There's no doubt that there's room for improvement in webOS and its devices, but there's also an astounding amount of things that Palm nails out of the gate.

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8.0
CNET Jun 6, 2009

Despite some missing features and performance issues that make it less than ideal for on-the-go professionals, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 4, 2009

The Palm Pre is the sexiest handset since the iPhone—and it also marks the dawn of a major new smartphone platform. Although it lacks third-party apps and has some battery life issues, it's much more fun than any other phone Sprint offers.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 10, 2009

In all, Palm put as much effort into making the webOS a first-rate messaging experience as Apple did into making the iPhone a first-rate media experience, and with just as much success.

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8.0
Computerworld Jun 11, 2009

It does so much in such a small package that the Pre is a winner. All told, for my own use, it's a better iPhone than the iPhone is.

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7.0
AnandTech Jun 19, 2009

The more I used it, the more I let go of my iPhone upbringing and embraced how well Palm combined the UI elegance of the iPhone with the functionality of so many smartphones before it.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 25, 2009

The revitalised company hasn’t just updated its PDA for the twenty-first century, it has crafted a fun, practical and drop-dead gorgeous smartphone that stands close comparison with Apple’s iPhone.

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10
phoneArena Jun 12, 2009

Quite simply, it’s a brilliant phone and we appreciate the detail put into both the hardware and more importantly the software.

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8.0
Phone Scoop Jul 2, 2009

If you're willing to give up features such as video capture and don't mind being limited to 8GB of storage, the Pre will offer you excellent personal information and messaging management along with a user interface that outperforms many others in return.

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4.0
techcrunch techcrunch

The Pre's software was the best thing on the market for about two days until iPhone 3.0 came out. It's fast, intuitive and easy to use without any training. But the hardware feels cheap, and the physical keys are so small that it doesn't seem to add much to usability. Overall...

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9.0
siege911 siege911

I own an iPod Touch (referred to as the iTouch frequently for ease of writing) and have friends (and co-workers) with iPhones so I can make a decent comparison. I owned an older Blackberry for 2 weeks (it wasn't for me) and manage 2 of them as a network administrator being my primary...

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9.0
AppleGeek AppleGeek

I bought the original iPhone the day it came out; the iPhone 3G the day it came out...the day the iPhone 3GS came out - I bought a Palm Pre - here's why: I am a huge Apple fanboy, I'll be the first to admit it; however, while the iPhone is superb at being a media player, I just have to...

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8.0
Hoss Hoss

Being in an area of the country that currently is not covered by AT&T nor T-Mobile, the Palm Pre's only real competition are Windows Mobile devices and Blackberries. Compared to the devices that are available in my area there is no competition the Palm Pre wins hands down. Pros: • WebOS...

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8.0
leejcj leejcj

When Palm announced the Pre at CES, I could have sworn that this would be the iPhone killer. Multitasking, physical QWERTY keyboard, and a sleeker design all pointed to the Pre as the iPhone's successor. Its navigation swipe gestures (up to minimize or to summon the launcher, forward and...

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6.0
sam sam

I like this phone a lot, but there are a lot of handcuffs as well. I wish there was a speedier processor and more RAM. I think that future WebOS devices will be amazing; this was a solid gen1 device.

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8.0
Omstar Omstar

The Palm Pre is a real competitor to the Iphone. No one has been able to create an ellegiant experience as the Iphone until now. The palm pre and the WebOS operating system is as ellegiant and probably more fuctional then the Iphone. The multitalking is what makes this phone stand out. You...

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9.0
socialnerdia socialnerdia

From its foundation in 1992 to being acquired by U.S. Robotics (which in turn was acquired by 3Com), and finally becoming publicly traded in 2000, Palm has quite an interesting history. Palm’s innovation in hand held devices has given it a memorable past, but the company seemed comfortable...

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9.0
chipriley chipriley

Summary says it all. I've put this phone through its paces, both through use as a business device and a programmer's toy (root woot!). Although a bit laggy at times, the device holds its own against my demand for the web, social media, linux programming, and office doc use. The...

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9.0
ultima301 ultima301

I'll start by saying I've been a crazed Pre follower since back when then announced int in January. It was a long wait and a lot of speculation, but the Pre was worth it. To start off, the phone is beautiful. Sleek and reasonably thin for a QWERTY slider,the Pre not only looks great,...

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8.0
Phearx Phearx

-The phone itself is great, I get great coverage here in NY and fast EVDO browsing. - Photos are a little rough around the edge at this point, it take a second or two for images to clear up. - The SDK itself is the real problem, it hasn't been released so only a limited amount of apps. - The...

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10
krosref krosref

what i like most about the pre is that it's not an iphone clone. palm clearly has a different pov/philosophy than apple. the card system is a great metaphor and palm has implemented it superbly. it really is so incredibly easy to use. the only things missing that i think the pre needs is...

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9.0
plio plio

The longer I have this Pre, the more I realize that this wonderful device is a long-term contender. A bit about me: 1. I've been a Palm man since 1996, never looked back... and most recently came from a Centro. 2. I've been an Apple Mac man since 1986, never looked back, been there...

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10
lanmansa lanmansa

I have had the Pre since a week after it came out and I can say that coming from my old HTC Mogul on Sprint this is way faster than Windows Mobile. The current version 1.0.4 of WebOS isn't quite perfect I admit; but it has all the features I want/need and the OS is pretty snappy and quick....

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9.0
chrismanning chrismanning

For two struggling companies (Sprint and Palm), the Palm Pre with its WebOS is a very strong product offering that even the big boys at AT&T, Verizon, Apple and Blackberry should keep an eye on. From the moment I got it, I was impressed. The box is one of the coolest I've seen, with an...

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