October 14th 2010 2:07 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality I didn't have cell service, but VoIP was great. good
  • Display A bit low resolution and small by today's standards, but it's decent and works. so-so
  • Battery life webOS phones were never known for fantastic battery life. Expect a day - but depends on usage and configuration. so-so
  • Camera Just a camera - not many options. 5 MP - EDoF - Fixed Focus. Has a flash, not to great for today. so-so
  • Ease of use A minor learning curve, but I hold webOS as the best out there in fluidity of use and functionality. (no Android though) But not in "pick-up-and-usability" great!
  • Design and form factor A great, beautiful industrial design with nice touches. Keyboard is more usable than it may seem at first. (Use fingernails) great!
  • Portability (size / weight) A small compact device, feels good in the hand. good
  • Media support Display isn't the best for videos these days. Video format support is very limited. USB disk mode is available though. Music support is good though. poor
  • Durability Although its much improved over its predecessors, the phone's slider isn't the most solid, but it's decent once you get the feel of it. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Accessories are available, app selection is in the thousands, but many apps you're looking for probably won't be there. poor
Detailed review
Great touches. (Mirror on back, wireless charging)
webOS is great and all (best-in-class notifications, multitasking, definitely not as bad as most people make it out to be.), but has some slowness and bugs, and suffers from lack of app selection.

The Pre 2 is a solid phone, not going to blow away any of today's phones, but it works. And works differently. And for me, that makes all the difference.
review history
Edited comment on Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
Edited comment on Portability (size / weight)
Edited comment on Ease of use
Edited comment on Camera
Updated detailed review