Palm Pre (CDMA)

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Reviewed by Caduceus (Currently owns)

By far webOS is the best smartphone operating system out there... period. The only reason this phone wasn't more of a success was due to under-powering hardware... I will admit that I wasn't a fan of the sliding mechanism originally but it grew on me. I also though the screen was a tad on the small side (which really makes me wonder why the hell HP thought going smaller would be a good idea... veer). The camera was not that great by today's standards but it got the job done once it finally opened. Call quality was fair, I found my self occasionally plugging one ear in noisy environments. Performance was lacking due to outdated hardware. Software: OS wise was almost perfect, apps wise was almost nonexistent. Battery life was always a problem, on launch day it was unacceptably low, but improved with software updates. Unfortunately, battery life just never got were it needed to be. The touchstone accessories are the standard barer in my opinion when it comes to wireless charging. All in all I can't recommend this phone due to all its short comings but Palm/HP really had something here and I don't think we should ever forgive them for screwing it all up.

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  • Design 7
  • Display 7
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 6
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 6
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