Palm Pre (Mostly) Lives Up to Hype

Smartphone's superior software make it a heavyweight iPhone rival
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 3:50 AM CDT
The Palm Pre is shown at Palm headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Palm's new Pre smartphone isn't without its flaws, reviewers say, but its first-rate software and design mean it could be the iPhone's strongest rival yet.

  • Bonnie Cha, CNET: "The hardware could be better," but "Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information."

  • David Pogue, New York Times: "Do the Pre's perks (beautiful hardware and software, compact size, keyboard, swappable battery, flash, multitasking, calendar consolidation) outweigh its weak spots (battery life, occasional sluggishness, ringer volume)? Oh, yes indeedy."
  • Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal: The Pre is "thoughtfully designed, works well and could give the iPhone and BlackBerry strong competition—but only if it fixes its app store and can attract third-party developers."