Palm Pre 2
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HP has big plans for WebOS, but the Palm Pre 2 feels like a throwback to 2010
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I really (still) like webOS a lot, now I have a iPhone 4s and I really miss the card swiping and notification system
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Palm Pre 2
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- 72AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE6 ReviewsPC Mag60Palm Pre 2 (Verizon Wireless)HP has big plans for WebOS, but the Palm Pre 2 feels like a throwback to 2010. It's fun, but far from cutting edge.CNET70Palm Pre 2The enhancements in WebOS 2.0 make the Palm Pre 2 a very capable smartphone. ... It reminded us how much we love the mobile operating system for its multitasking abilities, data management, and search functionality, and the new enhancements only make it better.Wired UK80Palm Pre 2 reviewHats off to Palm for carving a place for itself in the crowded smart phone market, with its brace of handsets that manage to combine cute good looks with powerful smarts and a uniquely different OS.Pocket-Lint70Palm Pre 2 reviewOverall, this is a nice, slick little smartphone that performs well, and offers a number of unique features (such as gesture control and Synergy) that first got us excited by the Palm Pre back in 2009. The only trouble is, the excitement surrounding these features has somewhat worn off.TechRadar70Palm Pre 2 reviewAt this point, the Palm Pre feels like an old friend you'd lost touch with. You're a bit surprised he dresses the same as when you last knew him, but when you get talking you remember what an awesome time you had together.TrustedReviews80Palm Pre 2 reviewWhile the software of the Palm Pre 2 is on a par with anything else out there, the hardware still doesn't do it justice. ... It is generally easy to use but its small screen, lack of onscreen keyboard, small physical keyboard and poor camera means it trails the competition by some way.
- 74AVERAGE USER SCORE18 ReviewsEngadget Reader80June 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really (still) like webOS a lot, now I have a iPhone 4s and I really miss the card swiping and notification system. App ecosystem is non-existent (I lived outside US in South America) so this was an important swing factor. Very sad story for webOS. Could've could've but wasn't. Snif snifEngadget Reader70May 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader80May 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Ergonomically designed with a very usable interface. The swipe gestures and multi tasking is nice to use. A better camera would have been great. The hp app catalog restrictions are a pain too. On a positive note, the third party developers network is insanely good. And did I forget, the touchstone dock is a joy to haveEngadget Reader70September 14, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60September 9, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70August 1, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader50July 15, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The build quality of the phone is not good. I am regretted to buy this phone. I should buy this unless you have tight budget.Engadget Reader80July 11, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!WebOS is possibly the most underrated OS going. I hope HP can fix this before it goes the way of BetaMax and 8 tracks.Engadget Reader60July 8, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 29, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader80May 26, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 25, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 13, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80May 2, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70April 14, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 4, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 13, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really like this phone! HP webOS 2.01 is super. Having come from the iPhone and iPhone 3GS I know for a fact this phone OS is best. Best part is the notification system. Worst part is the battery life. I get around the battery life with two very small portable USB batteries and they work great. The card UI is fantastic to use. Get it. Enjoy it.Engadget Reader60January 12, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had great expectations for this phone. There are a lot of bright spots but I think I'm either going back to iPhone or I'm going to try Android or WP7. The biggest reason is the lack of quality apps.After a few months of using it, here's how I feel about it.HardwareCamera: Missing the camera on my iPhone which had less noisy and less blurry indoor shots. I thought I wouldn't, but I'm missing a bigger screen to view my pictures. Wish it had a dedicated camera key (but most phones don't)!Keyboard: Awesomeness. Especially with Text Assist and the dictionary. But I do find myself opening it when I don't need it - force of habit?Touchstone dock: Not as cool as I thought it would be. It's really picky about how I put the Pre2 on it. Every now and then I notice it'd be on but not charging. It also makes a subtle noise that can get annoying when it's quiet. The Exhibition feature hasn't come yet - except for the clock.Display: Meh. Gorilla glass is good though.Size and Shape: Feels weird in my pocket since it's small enough that it might fall horizontal, which is uncomfortable in my jeans. Its thickness doesn't help.webOSSpeed: Cards: Cards are awesome - I just wish I didn't have to worry about closing them like I do on iOS. I also enjoy the gesture to get to card view, a lot better than the double click I need to do on iPhone/iPad.Notifications: They're okay. They're a little cramped with the small space they get. Also, going from the notification icon to the notification display is tricky since the icon is so small. I think I'd like a pulldown like on Android.Just Type: Kind of cool but I'm not using it as much as I thought I would. Quick Actions are a great idea. E.g., type a Facebook status then post to Facebook. But the execution of the feature is flawed, the Facebook app is opened and you still have to hit Submit.Apps: SUCK. The built in apps and heavy hitters like Facebook lack the polish they do on other platforms. Facebook especially is disappointing. It's better with the latest release, but wow - it tells me I can't view some pictures in the app but I can in the web browser... wtf? I really miss apps like Reeder, ScoreCenter (Sports Live! is a decent but lacking alternative), Twitter. The few other third party apps I tried are meh compared to the experience I'm used to from iOS.Calls: Hanging up my call is a challenge. The display turns off when I bring the phone up to my face during a call but it doesn't turn back on when I move it away. So I end up turning it back on just to see that I'm in card view and have to get to the phone app then have to hang up.Browser: Okay. Most sites default to their mobile page which I don't really like. Especially since I do have Flash Player on it. But I think I notice some rendering issues that I don't usually get on iOS. There are also times when I'm not sure if the browser is doing anything, that is, if it registered my tap.
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