"bloody fantastic"4.0 starson by thok06
Pros: Platform is stable and agile; did not experience any appreciable performance lag as mentioned in review. Deck of Cards is massively useful. Synergy is truly unholy. If there is an iPhone killer out there, this is it.
Cons: Battery life is atrocious. The phone behaves like one that is already at the end of a two-year contract - a one hour conversation took up almost 30% life (immediately after a full charge.) Probably be forced to replace it soon.
Summary: Navigating WebOS is a breeze because of how well thought out the platform is. The review mentions a learning curve, but there really isn't one. You can see the former Apple guys putting this together in Palm's basement as you play with the Pre: that's how intuitive it is. Deck of Cards is such a brilliant move, even if it is what makes the Pre eat batteries for breakfast. And Synergy...it works so well it's almost eerie. Being able to fully sync wirelessly with Google's email and calendar instead of being forced to pay for something like MS Exchange feels like skydiving. The difference between the iPhone to this is transformative. Indeed, the jump from the Treo to the Pre is the like going from the Super NES to the Nintendo 64 (for those that remember). By the way; keyboard is fine, regardless of the review. If you are used to the Treo series, you won't mind the smallness of the keys. The gesture area appears to only have a few functions. While welcome, that portion of the phone seems like a curiously large investment for something that only does two (that I can tell) things. Would be a good area to expand functionality. Finally, Sprint TV is interesting but a novelty. And the goofy little NASCAR icon on the desktop...really? I find it slightly hard to imagine Pre fans and NASCAR fans intersecting. But who knows.9-Month Update
Without question, the phone deserves at least 4 stars. The review was certainly thorough, but too harsh.
Updated on Mar 14, 2010
Biggest gripe: battery life. I can't keep it going for a whole day anymore. A couple of phone conversations, keeping it on for about 14 hours, and it's down to 20%. Yes, I have bluetooth on 24/7. Why? I paid for that feature and I want to be able to use my headset whenever I want. But apparently this is at the cost of the battery.
Next Biggest Gripe: screen has become unsealed from the phone. I have these weird bubbles on the bottom corners. I think this may have been because of a poor case that fit so tightly it may have caused some kind of stress to the casing around the screen. If you've wondering what it looked like so you can avoid it, it was a clear case that came in two parts: a clear plastic frame (like a ring) around the front of the phone, and matching back to it that left holes for the camera and the speakerphone.
Fairly large gripe: sluggishness. The lag behind opening an application is really terrible, even for something simple like the clock app.