"OK for n00bs, teens. Big Hype little capability"2.5 starson by roadlife
Pros: Good for casual user, people upgrading to first smartphone.
Cheaper Centro batteries works fine (you will need lots of batteries in your pockets)
Cons: Poor build quality
No GPS outside of Sprint
No expandable memory
Very poor battery
No Voice dialing via speakerphone
Email not searchable (!)
Ringer volume very low
Summary: I really wanted to love this phone. I've been with Palm for years. I picked one up last night at a release "party" and have put it through 24 hours straight of use.
If this is the flagship phone for Palm they are really in trouble. The first thing I noted was the extremely poor build quality compared to other smartphones. I am getting light leaking from the side of the screen, and a blotchiness in the lower area and the device creaks. The casing feels very plasticly and fragile.
The second thing I noted was the rapid loss of battery, even with avoiding wifi. I am comparing to Palms Pro model as well as other competitors. The Pre will clearly not make it through a workday.
In call Audio quality was good if you are in an area with good reception, but the reception on the Pre is poorer than my Sprint Treo Pro and markedly worse than my other handsets.
The cut and paste is crippled. You literally cannot cut from an existing email. It is crazy. The only way around according to support is to create a reply, cut from that you have to cut from that and then delete the reply. Incredible! You also cannot cut and paste from a web page.
AYou are unabel to search your email ! That's right, a basic function from BB, WM, iphone and others smartphones is gone from Pre. This is very important in a supposed synergy and email device. What is more worrisome is that it is not likely you will be able to once you understand the limits to the way the Pre handles email..
Last the ringer volume is very low. unlikely you will hear it from another room, an increasingly relevant need given people giving up their landlines.
The disabling of tethering, lack of certain security capabilities, and lack of memory card point to an expectation by Palm that this will also not be for power users.
If you are considering this handset I would advise waiting, Too many bugs, most of which are unlikely to be addressed in software updates. I would wait for a more robust and powerful successor, or with the new Windows mobile phones coming out which are much more powerful and have a huge body of serious software.
Also the GPS is not standalone. Nav will not work outside of Sprint unlike windows mobile phones. This is a problem Palm has had before and problem is repeated with Pre