Palm Pre Plus (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Palm Part number: palmpreplus
- Bottom Line:
- The Palm Pre Plus earns its place as the top WebOS device, improving on the Pre with a better design and performance, and upgraded features. Verizon customers looking for a versatile smartphone to balance their personal and work lives will be well-served by the Pre Plus.
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 01/20/2010
The good: The Palm Pre Plus offers double the storage capacity and double the RAM of the Palm Pre. The smartphone also ships with an inductive back cover for Touchstone charging and features an improved QWERTY keyboard.
The bad: Speakerphone volume is too soft. We'd like to see a landscape keyboard and camera editing options. No support for V Cast Music or Video. The phone can run a bit hot.
The bottom line: The Palm Pre Plus earns its place as the top WebOS device, improving on the Pre with a better design and performance, and upgraded features. Verizon customers looking for a versatile smartphone to balance their personal and work lives will be well-served by the Pre Plus.
Unparalleled mobile OS, a few hardware flaws
by TheWake28 on January 26, 2010
Pros: Phenomenal multitasking capabilities
Innovative gesture area idea
Excellent navigation and general UI
Palm's Synergy of your digital life is very well implemented
The apps that are available are on par with iPhone's
Excellent web browser
Cons: Keyboard is a bit small
Hardware can be a little bit "rattle-y" and loose
Not all that many apps as of this review
You'll have to charge it every night, but it should make it throughout the day
Summary: The Pre Plus multitasks like a champ; I've routinely had 10-20 apps open without a problem, all of them running very smoothly. It's gesture area may seem like ...
Summary: The Pre Plus multitasks like a champ; I've routinely had 10-20 apps open without a problem, all of them running very smoothly. It's gesture area may seem like a gimmick at first, but I can tell you that the concept of swiping to the left to automatically go to the previous page of WHICHEVER app you are currently using is a huge help. Its overall navigation is also very simple and easy to use; not only that, you can customize icons and such as you would on iPhone or Android to make it your own. The screen is very responsive.In my review I boneheadedly forgot to mention call quality. I apologize.
The iPhone's interface may be more straightforward, but once you spend that 15-30 minutes learning how to use a Pre/Pre Plus, you'll come to appreciate how much quicker and more powerful WebOS' interface really is. For instance, on a Pre, I can listen to my music, manage my Wi-Fi settings, write an email, download an app, play a game, and oh so much more all at once without breaking a sweat, whereas on an iPhone it must be done one at a time (save the listening to the music part, I suppose). When I use my iPod Touch, I almost feel cheated now.
As for WebOS vs. Android in terms of interface, it's not even close. Android is very powerful, but still needs UI work.
The Web browser is second only to mobile Safari, and makes excellent use of the multi-touch display. However, once mobile Flash comes to Palm's web browser in February, I would call them even. Even then Safari will still be easier to use via small UI aids, but having Flash is a gigantic advantage...
Anyone who's used a BlackBerry for long enough will swear by its integration of your Facebook and your Twitter and Exchange and what not. The Pre does the exact same thing, but because of WebOS' powerful interface, it does an even better job of it. When I type in a friend's name, I will instantly see their Facebook account, home number, cell number, work number, et al, but in an easily distinguishable way (unlike BlackBerry!). The universal search feature is a big help here too.
Now for the cons. The keyboard, while it is indeed improved from the original Pre, still needs some work before this phone can be a true messaging monster. I definitely have sausage fingers and I've gotten pretty used to it, but I'm definitely not as fast as I was on my favorite messaging phone: the LG env2. People with medium-sized fingers and smaller will have no troubles at all. Those with larger fingers, don't worry, you CAN get used to this keyboard; it just takes a little while.
The slider on the keyboard can feel just a little bit loose sometimes. It doesn't affect the phone's functions at all, but I suppose it could get irritating.
Battery life is decent, but not anything to write home about. It lasts a full day on a charge without problems, but don't expect it to have the juice to rumble with Day 2 on one charge.
Speaking of charging, the Touchstone is pretty sweet. I don't know if it's worth 50$, but it's definitely cool.
Now for the million-dollar question: apps. The App Catalog that Palm has is starting to fill out well, but it's obviously nowhere near as big as the App Store juggernaught. However, the gap is not quite as wide as you'd think. How many of the iPhone's apps are for farts, or making gun noises, or playing touch air hockey or other such endeavors? You'll find plenty of productivity, news, finance, and like apps on the App Catalog; what's more, the Catalog's apps are just as good as the iPhone's, even if they're a bit pricier.
But if you're looking to play lots of Super Monkey Ball, Ocarina, or general gaming on your phone, the Pre is probably not for you. That could change in the future, since Palm - finally - released the 3D game SDK to developers. Assassin's Creed for Palm just came out, so I guess have fun with that.
On the whole, WebOS is probably the best mobile OS out there, and here's why: it matches - and in some cases, surpasses - the iPhone's overall ease of use, retains the open-source nature of Android, and comes very, very close to BlackBerry's capabilities as a business phone with its truly inspiring integration of your entire digital life. Each of the other platforms has its own niche where it is the best device, whereas WebOS is either a CLOSE second or the champion in almost any aspect. It's also hands down the most developer-friendly, with its Linux underpinnings and the ability to program for it with only Web languages.
If Palm can just work on the keyboard and the battery life, I would have zero hesitation naming this the current king of smartphones.
Updated on Jan 31, 2010
I've been on Verizon for two years, and I can honestly say I've never dropped a call and that the only time I ever have less than four bars of signal strength is . Thus far the Pre Plus seems to be working just as well. Call quality is loud and clear, and people on the other end tell me that I sound completely normal; some said it didn't even sound like I was on a cell phone.
The speakerphone isn't so great, it cannot render bass-heavy sounds very well. It also isn't the loudest, but it's loud enough that I can put it on the passenger seat of my car while driving and can hear it without problems.
But if your area doesn't get good Verizon service, by no means should you get this phone. I figure that goes without saying, but you never know who's reading this.
24 out of 24 users found this user opinion helpful.
Verizon Finally Gets Serious About Smartphones
by jexner325 on January 30, 2010
Pros: Web OS is Attractive, Intuitive, and Stable
Size is Excellent
Keybord better than Original
Applications, while few, are high quality
Multitasking with Cards is Great
Cons: Can be sluggish
Battery Life is fairly weak
Summary: I joined Verizon in August largely to get the Blackberry Storm. After several dissappointing devices (Droid, Storm, Storm2, Tour) I finally found a device that I truly love and enjoy. ...
Summary: I joined Verizon in August largely to get the Blackberry Storm. After several dissappointing devices (Droid, Storm, Storm2, Tour) I finally found a device that I truly love and enjoy. The Palm Pre Plus is a fantastic device for Verizon Wireless customers and one that needs to be looked at seriously.
The biggest strength to the Palm Pre Plus, is the WebOS operating system as well as the overall design of the phone. WebOS is nearly as attractive as the iPhone OS but offers a unique and fun way to multitasking. Something not offered with the iPhone and substantially better than Android. In addition, the phone is not a brick like so many other smartphones on the market. It fits nicely in the hand and in the pocket, yet it feels solid and well built.
The largest complaint I had with Android was with respect to the Applications. They looked (in my opinion) unpolished, cheap, and the Store was poorly configured. I would search for a Business Application only to find a Fart App or a million soundboards. The applications on the Pre Plus have been very polished, high quality and easy to find and use. As more developers get used to developing for the platform, I am very excited about the potential.
Web Browsing is fantastic on the Pre Plus. The Droid did an excellent job of rendering web pages, but the mutlitouch natively built into the web browser on the Pre is fantastic. With flash coming out soon for the Pre Plus, this will be a great device to browse the web on.
One aspect about the Pre Plus that often doesn't get enough attention is the ability to quickly turn on or off Wi-Fi and bluetooth from any screen on the device. This is great for saving battery life; often I may leave the Wi-Fi off but when I need to jump on and surf the web, it is nice to quickly turn on Wi-Fi. Other phones make you dig into the settings of the phone.
Email is another area of strength and some weakness. While the phone offers a centralized email inbox (like a Blackberry), it sometimes can be slow and I have yet to find a way to select multiple emails and delete them quickly (this could be my lack of experience on the device). I did find email delivery was exceptional; the Droid was slow and inconsistent and didn't work well with Yahoo!. I would not consider the Pre a replacement for the hardcore Blackberry user, but it does offer a good alternative to current offerings from Android and Apple.
The largest weakness I have with the device is with respect to the speed of the OS. It can be sluggish at times, but I have heard that an update to the OS is coming down the road that will improve this aspect substantially. Battery life can be considered a weakness, but this largely depends on how the phone is utilized. If it is used for heavy web surfing and gaming, just like the iPhone the battery will get burned quickly. If it is a good blend, the phone should be able to last you a good 8 hours without needing a charge. I bought the touchstone charger and simply rest it on that when not in use and have no issues at all. I do feel this is a great accesory and one you should look into if you do buy the device.
I just switched from a Motorola Droid and have been pretty happy with the move. I think that most smartphone users will be happy with the Palm Pre Plus. The keyboard does take some time to get used to (especially if you are coming from a rockstar keyboard like the Blackberry) but it is managable and becomes quite easy to use.
Verizon needs to step up the marketing for this device as this is a solid choice for Verizon customers.
19 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
BEST Wireless, Mobile, PDA, Phone I Have EVER Carried!
by jamesdgodfrey on January 26, 2010
Pros: The operating software is utterly amazing and in advance of anything currently available in a "Smartphone"; in fact, the Palm Pre should start to challenge the RIM products, the Apple products and other touch screen technology that actually works.
Cons: Although the QWERTY key board appears a bit cramped, the keys are designed so that I am able to type VERY efficiently and quickly. Better than you might think!
Summary: With the addition of the Touchstone back cover, this device feels sturdy and it performs wonderfully with ongoing updates downloaded automatically. Awesome!
After almost 4 months of use, the Palm ...
Summary: With the addition of the Touchstone back cover, this device feels sturdy and it performs wonderfully with ongoing updates downloaded automatically. Awesome!I just witnessed the unveiling of the "Ipad" by Apple and Steve Jobs introduced the notion of it being used soley by Wi-Fi link or 3G through AT&T AND, he talked up the contact management and browsing capabilities. My Palm Pre ALREADY has ALL of these features in an intuitive and easy to use format. With a quick movement I can expand my viewing to allow me to read or I can synch my contacts or I can locate myself and I can do it all with my Palm Pre automatically logging on to the nearest Wi-Fi beacon or through my carrier's 3G network. The "Ipad" is just barely catching up and Palm is already ahead on the OS. If Palm simply introduced a "Tablet" version of the Pre, it would be a better product on launchy. I really am missing all the Apple hype - it is just that - hype!
After almost 4 months of use, the Palm OS has to be one of the best OS in the marketplace. Quick light swipes with my fingers and I am on to my next piece of information or task. The contact organizer has NO real competition in North America or Europe.
The operating software is utterly amazing and it is in advance of anything currently available in a "Smartphone" or "PDA"; in fact, the Palm Pre should start to challenge the RIM products, the Apple products and any other providers of touch screen technology that actually works. I am a 50 year old, entrepreneurial male who has eschewed Blackberry products because I did not want to admit to my "work-a-holic, control freak habits", nor did I want to take on the newest Apple product just to be "young again". The Palm allowed me to catch up again and it brings me to a current level of operating technology that is both mature and youthful all at once.
In the 90's I quickly moved away from using Motorola hand-sets to Nokia phones and carried my Nokia and a Palm, the last one being a "Palm 111c". "Yes", I am that old. In the early part of the 2000's my old "Palm 111 c" and my , then Nokia phone, both stopped working within days of each other and I really wanted a device that merged the various features of both easily. I tried a couple of new Nokia hand-sets over a period of a couple of years and finally, when there was a hand-set available with a touch screen moved to an LG. Now, I thought the LG would be great but it turned out to be much less than I had in my previous Nokia with the exception of the sluggish touch screen. Needless to say, I was disappointed and awaited the next breakthrough in technology. Almost immediately there was the iPhone by Apple but not quite what I wanted and there was the ongoing evolution of the Blackberry by RIM to a touch screen state but still not quite what I wanted. The pre-marketing for the Palm kept me waiting and, finally, I acquired one within a couple of weeks of their availability in Canada!
What a FANTASTIC "Smartphone"! What a GREAT operating system! And, with the latest operating software update, I can actually load my contact information into my Lexus GS "Hands Free" car kit through my Bluetooth - NOT one of my previous phones could do that!
So, this is simply a "Thank You"; I appreciate that there is finally a "Smartphone" that is truly "Smart" and not just a fashion beacon (iPhone), nor a utilitarian device (Nokia), nor an "Email Pusher" (Blackberry). You have done it ALL!
N.B. I would have given it a 5 out of 5 but everything can be improved; I think that is the best part about the Palm Pre as Palm is working to improve this phone already. Watch them grow!
Updated on Jan 27, 2010
Updated on Mar 6, 2010I am responding to SaleneATL. Firstly, sorry for the delay as I usually do not check my own review but noted you had replied. I have been able to sync my contacts from my Microsoft contacts by simply doing a quick export to a CSV format, doing a quick entire delete and full import to my Google contacts and moving on. Literally have found this to be the most efficient, expedient and all encompassing process since having handheld's, contact managers, and varying email programs. Irony is that this has made my Palm the most exhaustive and uptodate contact list I have ever "carried". I am 7 months with my Palm Pre and it really is great!
14 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Palm Pre is Nearly Perfect for me
by carmencrishnaya on January 30, 2010
Pros: Love the Design, Small Looking but not in a bad way(like a pebble),
Camera is surprisingly nice with a 3.0 camera, Call quality is pretty good, Keyboard is good(once you learn it), and I love the multi-tasking capabilities
Cons: Keyboard(while good...takes some getting used to...), Lack of apps, slight lag when opening applications and no camera editing options
Summary: Okay, I'm 17 years old...And i heard from my mom that Palm is older than I am. I just realized they were the company who made the palm ...
Summary: Okay, I'm 17 years old...And i heard from my mom that Palm is older than I am. I just realized they were the company who made the palm pilots we used to play with in middle school....I know, no-brainer haha.
So i don't know much about palm like I do the other companies.
Anyway, I have had a lot of phones from verizon in the past 16 months from the beginner end of the spectrum(My first being an Env 2, The Krave, The Dare, and The Env Touch) to the high end smartphone spectrum(Omnia, Imagio, Blackberry storm, and both Motorola Droid & The Droid Eris) so i have a lot of comparison between my newest one.
I'll start off with the cons because it's not a lot of Cons I have.
Coming from Android, I've noticed that Palm's apps...suck...BADLY....From what I understand, Palm's market is still up in the beginning stages so maybe later this year they can hit the 10,000 mark.
The Funny thing is...Before I had Android, Apps weren't a biggie to me because I don't think most of the phones I had before that had an App market and if they did...I never paid attention to it.
The Keyboard on the palm was initially annoying the crap out of me. I really truly wanted to take it back but i discovered last night as I was typing the message...I was actually spelling things correctly and realized that I had only had the phone for barely 12 hours and i just needed to give myself some time to use it.
Trust me...the keys are small...very small BUT give yourself some time and they feel good and i type quick..maybe not as quick as I used to but its no longer a Con so much anymore. Also comparing it to the moto droid's keyboard, i've noticed the droid keyboard is far bigger but the buttons are not really comfortable to hit like the Pre's.
My Next Con is there is a small 5 second or less lag when opening applications...It usually with opening the app...There is no other lag i have noticed using the phone in the past 24 hours....I had the eris and all that thing did was lag, lag, lag, lag lag...Hated that...
My last con is, when you take a picture on the pre...you can't do anything else to it...No rotate...No crop...No flip...I haven' seen away to take the picture in b & w or sepia or blue color like even some cheap phones do.
The Pre is soo cute...I love how it feels in my hand when it's closed and slid up.
It has a beautiful screen with the colors and I actually like the wallpaper it comes with initially because it looks so pretty.
Coming from two 5.0 camera and downgrading to a 3.0, to be honest I actually think the Pre
s Camera is amazing....for a cam phone anyways
Call quality is pretty good...I can hear ppl very clearly and I love that because on both droid phones i did have some issues.
I love how it multi-task...the cards concept is amazing and it's so easy to use the gestures once you learn them. It's really really cool....
All in all, I'd rate this phone an An A- just because of the few cons I mentioned and I would recommend this phone to anybody who wanted a good smart phone to use...
Sorry, i hope this isn't long for my first review :)
LOVE MY PRE!
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Pre is the overlooked smartphone champ
by LouisvilleSteve on January 21, 2010
Pros: Easy to use interface with all the applications I need
Tons of hacks for this device which has been embraced by the open source community
It?s a portable Linux computer not a phone
The alerting system for alarms, IMs, etc. is second to none.
Cons: I am jealous of some of the iPhone apps not currently available on the Pre, but I am sure they will come to this platform eventually.
Summary: I was an early adopter of smartphones and this is by far my favorite. To really get the power out of this device you need to checkout webos-internals.org. There ...
Summary: I was an early adopter of smartphones and this is by far my favorite. To really get the power out of this device you need to checkout webos-internals.org. There you will find all kinds of software and hacks for your phone. At the very least you need to install Preware. It is an application that runs on your phone and can be used to install patches and free software.Sorry, I have some misinformation in my review above. The virtual keyboard I mentioned only works in landscape mode. It?s really an application which allows you to send your typed message to the clipboard and then paste it in any application you want (or send directly to sms and email). Also, this has graduated from being a free app to now costing 99 cents. A bargain if this feature is important to you.
Btw you can download an onscreen keyboard for portrait and landscape modes that the review says is missing using the Preware installer application.
I?ve personally installed an SSH server (drop bear) on my phone that I use to SFTP files over the air to my Pre as well as using my Pre to connect to computers at my house.
Since Webos has such a user friendly interface, and since under the covers you are running a full blown version of Linux, I feel this phone is perfect for everyone from the Casual smartphone user to the gadget geek who wants to take apart all his toys and then put them back together again.
Updated on Jan 21, 2010
12 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
The best smartphone that nobody knows about
by frankg16 on February 25, 2010
Pros: Vivid screen, great form factor, real keyboard, touchstone charger, fast and accurate web browser, synergy, 3D gaming, multitouch, intuitive gesture system, customizable, awesome web-video quality, universal search.
Cons: Battery life can be better, small glitch with occasional double-typing of letters, no tabbed web browsing, app catalog not as big as apple or android but it's growing faster than both of them on a daily basis, no virtual keyboard.
Summary: I really think that if Palm executes correctly they can give android a run for it's money. Palm's WebOS, in my opinion, is the best smartphone operating system ...
Summary: I really think that if Palm executes correctly they can give android a run for it's money. Palm's WebOS, in my opinion, is the best smartphone operating system right now, and it's only going to get better. The only reason it's sales are slow is because Verizon didn't give it the same advertising push as the Droid. They are starting to come around now, with the Pre Plus getting more & more TV time. And Verizon employees are getting more training about the device directly from Palm. Hopefully this will put the Pre Plus into more hands so more people can appreciate it.
Hardware: Really feels good in the hand. Perfect weight. Slick & glossy front, with a softer and grippy back cover. The back cover is inductive and allows you to use Palm's Touchstone charger to charge the device. Gone are the days of trying to pry open a tiny mini usb cover. Just place the device on the Touchstone and it starts charging. Genius! Plus the phone fits very comfortably in your pocket because of it's smaller size, which I appreciate. Smartphones are getting too big. Who wants to carry a brick in their pants? One of the reasons I didn't get a Droid. I have no issues with the keyboard, although my fingers are relatively thin. But I still think the average person will have no issues with it. The only thing I don't like is there is occasional double-typing of letters when I only press it once. Not sure if its a hardware or software issue. Oh, and I love the placement of the power/sleep button. If you hold the phone in your right hand in a normal grip, like you would hold a deck of cards when your dealing, your thumb naturally falls on the sleep button. And in your left hand your index finger naturally falls on it. No more fishing for that damn sleep button!
Software: WebOS rocks. It's not the fastest OS, but it's smooth and the gesture system is fun and intuitive. This OS, while being easy to operate, will also make tech geeks happy. It's hackable and customizable. You can install "patches", which changes the way the OS works or how it interacts with you according to your preferences. For example, I installed a patch that allows the default calendar view to be by month instead of by day. I also installed one that allows me to delete all my email at once, which isn't an inherent option in WebOS. So even if the OS is missing an option you like or are used to from another OS, "there's a patch for that". ;)
Multitasking is a breeze! Switching between apps, or "cards", is easy and quick. Think about it. How often do you have to reference something while typing a text or email? How much of a pain is it to switch to the web browser in WinMo or Android, search for your reference, then switch back? I've tried it. It sucks. With WebOS, you flick upwards with your finger, almost like your flicking something off the screen. Your email app will shrink, and you immediately start typing what you're looking for (universal search). WebOS searches your phone's memory as you type, and when you're done, if the term is not on your phone it asks if you would like to search Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia, or Twitter for that term. Make your pick, get your reference, and immediately switch back to your email with two flicks of your finger. Just one of many examples of how quick and productive you can be with this phone. And you can leave countless apps open, over 50 if you want, and the phone will still run smooth. You can also truly close an app by just flicking it off the screen.
The 3D games look great on this phone. They are equivalent ports of the games Gameloft makes for the iPhone. Android doesn't do 3D gaming yet. This is a huge plus for the Pre.
The YouTube app blows all others out of the water. Watch the same videos side by side with the Pre, iPhone, and Droid, and the difference will punch you in the face! It's like the difference between an old tube tv from 1985 and an HDTV. Youtube video's really shine on the Pre. They take up the whole screen and are super sharp, not pixelated like on the iPhone and Droid.
The browser is easy to use and fast. The resolution isn't great when in portrait mode, but when in landscape mode you can read text easily without having to zoom. Multitouch works great in the browser, as well as everywhere else on the phone. Would of liked to see tabbed browsing instead of having to open another card.
Consider these points: 16 gigs internal storage memory (i think Droid has only 256kb's), virtually same processor as the iPhone, Multitouch, 3D gaming, a rapidly growing app catalog, universal search, a size and shape that both looks nice and won't make an unsightly bulge in your pocket, superior OS, good keyboard, both hardware and software coming from same company (sound familiar?), web-video quality, customizable patches & themes, etc.....why would you want any other smartphone on Verizon? Plus it will soon be the first smartphone in U.S. to support Flash 10!
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great phone that makes your life simpler
by IMHO_est1986 on February 1, 2010
Pros: Multitasking, universal search, linked emails, layered calendars, linked contacts, automatic over the air updates, real-time info, great high-res touch screen, gestures, ringer switch, 3.5mm head jack and so much more
Cons: Keyboard too small for some people, no expandable flash memory, phone can get dirty quickly due to constant handling
Summary: One of the best smartphones on the market. I just love my Pre. Once you get used to the phone it is really easy to use and everything is pretty ...
Summary: One of the best smartphones on the market. I just love my Pre. Once you get used to the phone it is really easy to use and everything is pretty intuitive, especially with the gestures. I feel that many people are underestimating the power that this little phone has behind its awesome screen. With the wireless snyc of g-mail and yahoo I can get instant modification to my calendar so I am never late to anything. My girlfriend and I are synced up to each other's g-mail calendars and it makes scheduling dates easier than ever. Anything she adds to her calendar autosyncs to my phone and vice versa, not only can we plan dates for one another we can set alarms for each other as well since it gives us that option. I like the fact that it does auto-updating so if I change anything online on my synced accounts, it changes on my Pre automatically. Right now I have 5 email accounts synced up to my Pre which is great since I can get all of my email in one device. The universal search feature is truly awesome, why doesn't everything have a universal search. I can find anything on my phone just by typing at the home screen, I can type B to find everything in my phone that has B in it. This was particularly helpful when my little brother moved my Pandora app around on my phone, I just typed in P and found Pandora right away. I love that fact that I can multi-task with this phone, it saves me so much time when I do not have to close one app in order to access another app...there are plenty of times when I need to have multiple apps open at once such as when I write an e-mail that requires use of the calculator and a certain web-page. There is no way that I can memorize lengthy calulations, this way I can leave the answer on the calculator and go back to my email and then come back to my calculator if I don't remember the calculation. I have yet to receive any firmware updates but I heard that all updates to the OS come over the air which is great cause I hated bringing in my old phones to Verizon to get the firmware updated. The 3MP camera on the phone is great, I swear it takes better photos than other phones that have a 5MP camera. I recently got around to downloading a couple of apps the other day and I was surprised to see 3D games. I also recently found out about Palm and its PDK/SDK so I am going to download that so that I can make an app, it should be interesting.In the time of having the phone I have come to the conclusion that it truly is the best smartphone on the market right now...even factoring in the minor flaws, I do wish that the slider would slide out horizontal rather than vertical.. I have been constantly comparing my Pre to other smartphones and I can say that in one way or another the Pre tops everything out there. Iphone loads things at just about the same rate as my pre but it does not multitask worth squat. Also for as many apps as it has, it still does not match up with Pre in terms of calendar, memo, tasks, nor MULTITASKING. Blackberry is a workphone but that's all it is...blackberry is no fun, too boring and no touchscreen. Blackberry is very boring, no way am I giving up my need for speed. Droid does not do layered calendars, does not have universal search and on top of all the apps, all droids can only support 512mb worth of apps. 3D games are 100mb+ droid runs out of space. My pre=the best of all worlds.
It seems that people who do not like this phone are simply people who are not willing to give this phone a try. I think that if anyone tries the phone, there is no reason for anyone to complain. I honestly think that people who do not like the phone are people who are jealous since they cannot get it cause they are stuck with another phone that cannot do what my Pre can do. In the end my phone has to do one thing...make phone calls. My Pre has great call quality and I am so thankful that it is a smartphone that does a million things but it does its job in being a phone more than anything else.
I can write so much more about why this phone is great but you got to try to the phone in order to believe it. I would suggest giving this phone a try, I do not think that it will disappoint.
Updated on Feb 20, 2010
Updated on Mar 2, 2010I have been loving my phone even more since WebOS 1.4 came out a couple of days ago. Love the over the air updates that goes out to EVERY Palm...sorry Android users, most of you are still waiting for an update. The addition of video recording only made the phone better...the fact that the video recording was awesome made it worth the wait. Recording on the Pre is great and playback is not slow like other video phones, I like the fact that playback is smooth, now only if it was HD then it'd be perfect. Other little things like being able to choose my notification tones was a welcomed update as well. I also noticed that the update has increased the speed of the phone also, my apps do load a littler faster and now I'm reassured that they are loading because a card loads up right away. Still have not run into any major issues yet and I'm using my phone everyday to do everything. I check on the app store daily and it's great to watch it grow, I like trying out the new apps. Good job so far.
Updated on Mar 19, 2010For those of you who do not know PreCentral.net is the place to go to for anything Palm related. They recently had a video up showing the Pre running flash, they were playing online flash games at miniclip.com and I thought that it was awesome. They also had a post about how some Pre users hacked the phone to make the processor run faster and they also managed to overclock the cpu which made the slight lag go away really quickly. It's amazing what you can do with this device. It's also pretty cool seeing my phone on TV all the time on various TV shows, I just like being able to tell others that my phone is on TV while their phone is not. Phone is more customizable than Android, just gotta know how by checking out PreCentral.
Updated on Apr 3, 2010Now that the mobile hotspot plan is FREE and prices have been dropped there is no reason not to buy this phone. For those who do not know mobile hotspot is like the mifi...a personal mobile hotspot that allows 5 wi-fi devices to surf the internet via Verizon's network. How cool is that? I can now share my internet connection with my friends at the park or anywhere that Verizon is available, good bye wi-fi hotspots. There is no need to buy a mifi anymore since I get the same thing for FREE on my Palm. AWESOME!!!
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
One of the top 3 Smartphones!
by Vyktureous on January 21, 2010
Pros: Unmatched Multitasking and Notifications feature, Beautiful UI/OS, Universal Search, Synergy, and Superb Screen Resolution. Feels great in your hands and pockets. Looks and Feels More Comfortable while talking than on other smartphones.
Cons: Copy and Paste needs more refinement. Lacks Voice Command: Touch Screen Keyboard: Landscape Texting: and App Catalog still fewer than 1500 (Personally, I have little need for Apps.)
Summary: This Palm Pre holds it's own against the Nexus One and iPhone. If it's important that it functions efficiently as a phone and you want comfort and ease ...
Summary: This Palm Pre holds it's own against the Nexus One and iPhone. If it's important that it functions efficiently as a phone and you want comfort and ease of use, the Palm Pre wins! As a smartphone you will enjoy being on the phone: texting: using Google Maps: checking, writing, sending and receiving emails all at the same time! All the while getting your incoming notifications, such as, incoming Text and IM messages: Emails: and Missed calls and Voice Messages. So if Apps are not that important, the Palm Pre should be first on your list.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Incredible Device That Blew Me Away
by GabrielWest on January 26, 2010
Pros: The WebOS is incredible, the the resolution is great, multitasking is wonderful and extremely easy. The basic apps that come integrated are nearly perfect.
Cons: It's very thick when it's closed. Not enough apps, but I'm sure that will continue to change. Palm seems set on keeping its customers happy with this device.
Summary: I was very very hesitant about getting a Pre Plus at first because I was afraid it would not match up to my previous iPhone 3GS that I had. I ...
Summary: I was very very hesitant about getting a Pre Plus at first because I was afraid it would not match up to my previous iPhone 3GS that I had. I was also worried about the lack of applications. I was proved very wrong when I picked it up and used my Pre Plus for the first time. It was multitasking like a champ. The service was great (unlike AT&T). The resolution was fantastic and I got used to the keyboard very quickly. I have no regrets in getting this phone. For other people debating on which phone to pick up next, this would be a great choice.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Palm Pre was awesome. Pre Plus? Even better.
by vara411 on January 24, 2010
Pros: Still multitasks better than any phone out there. Synergy. Awesome calendar. Better quality hardware, double the memory, double the RAM... can use as Flash drive... wifi hotspot for 5 devices? Sweet.
Cons: Battery life. Some lag but that should be addressed with double the memory on the Pre Plus. Apps are few, but growing.
Summary: I own a Palm Pre on Sprint, and while I never write a review on a product before it is launched, I feel compelled to do so here because people ...
Summary: I own a Palm Pre on Sprint, and while I never write a review on a product before it is launched, I feel compelled to do so here because people are coming out to bash this phone even before it launches. Most of the negative reviews up until now are Sprint customers complaining that the Pre Plus isn't on Sprint... It makes no sense to me that people would give THIS phone a negative review over sour grapes. Grow up, people.
I love my Sprint Palm Pre. The Palm Pre Plus has double the memory and RAM, so I expect it to run a bit faster and be able to open more apps at a time. A video on Precentral.net shows the Pre Plus running 50+ apps at once, an app I could only dream of on my Pre.
I'll put it this way: I wouldn't trade my Pre for ANY OTHER PHONE... except the Palm Pre Plus. If you're on Verizon and are considering it, get it.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Palm
- Part number: palmpreplus
- Description: The Palm Pre Plus phone gives you double the memory in a refined design. And like the original Palm Pre, it helps you navigate your life with a vivid touchscreen, full keyboard, and the intuitive Palm webOS platform, which runs multiple apps at once. View websites and watch videos in widescreen. Slide out the keyboard to fire off a text or email. Bring work and personal events or contacts together in one simple view. All in an elegant design that fits perfectly in your hand and your life. Palm Pre Plus gives you a large, bright touchscreen for watching videos, viewing websites, or flipping through photos. Along with a keyboard that slides out for easy texting and email. All in a design that feels as nice as it looks. And you can use Palm Pre Plus with the Touchstone charging dock, the incredibly simple way to charge your phone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 4.9 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Palm webOS
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard,
Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM)
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Downloadable Content Music
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Touch screen,
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards eAAC+,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3 megapixels
- Camera Light Source LED light
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Type LCD display - Color
- Diagonal Size 3.1 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Display Illumination Color White
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 330 min,
Standby - up to 350 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter