8.0
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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Doesn't work with 3G in Australia except for on Telstra Next-G. good
  • Display Pretty Low-Res and Small. But still fairly good. so-so
  • Battery life Not as bad as everyone says. I can definately get through the day. Could be better though. good
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use WebOS is devine, but some things are confusing. good
  • Design and form factor Small keyboard, but still great. good
  • Portability (size / weight) Bit thick and heavy. Nothing too bad though. so-so
  • Media support No inbuilt syncing support. Didn't play videos compatible with iOS. awful!
  • Durability Feels a little flimsy at times. poor
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Some good apps, but the App Store only has a select-few available for Australia. so-so
Detailed review
The hardware isn't incredible but it's fine compared to other phones. It's fat, slightly heavier than others, has a small keyboard and screen and at time feels a bit flimsy. But it gets the job done and I really don't think it's that bad.

The gesture area on the Pre 2 should be legally required on all phones. It's fantastic at adding cool elements to the UI.

HP's multitasking/cards UI is also fantastic and beats the iPhone in a second. That can also be said about it's notifications, which are unintrusive and excellent. Apple needs to copy webOS.

App selection, at least in Australia, is fairly shocking. And at times it seems nothing new is coming to push the boundaries for this phone.

The Phone's Messaging app is brilliant too, integrating SMS and IM. So if I'm talking to my friend on Gtalk or AIM and they go offline, i can continue to chat via SMS in the same thread.

HP needs some good Syncing software, similar to Ovi or iTunes. Currently I've been using DoubleTwist and Salling Media Sync, but I'd love to be able to manage Music, Movies, Photos, Messages and Contacts via a desktop program.

webOS overall is superb and just needs better hardware to drive it in. It's fast, intuitive and is, in some ways, better than the iOS. But HP needs to get Dev's on board and make better hardware. When that happens, hopefully with the Pre3, there will be another iPhone competitor. But the Pre 2 is only nearly competitive.