While Palm Pre 2 brings hardware improvements with a fast 1GHz processor and software improvements with webOS 2.0 it fails to impress due to by today’s standards a small screen (3.1 inch), small QWERTY keys and no on-screen keyboard. Specifications and video review after the break.
After HP purchased Palm for about $1.2 billion things have gone a bit quite on the development of the webOS 2.0 even though HP stated they will continue the work Palm started and even expand it to tablets and even printers. So the release of webOS 2.0 (HP webOS) came a bit of surprise to us. The new webOS 2.0 definitely looks like a great operating system and is as polished as Apple iOS and in some aspects it eve surpasses it. Now the only thing standing in its way to become best is a state-of-the art handset. Don’t get us wrong Palm Pre and Pixi are solid smartphones but compared to iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD specs list they look like 2 year old smartphones.
It’s been relatively quite in the Palm camp since the acquisition by HP but Palm (HP) is back in the smartphone game with beefed-up Palm Pre 2 running the latest webOS 2.0 (HP webOS) operating system. We have always had a soft spot for both Palm Pre and Pixi as they look great and the webOS is a very smooth and polished operating system. The only reason we haven’t purchased one was that it is exclusive to 02 in the UK.
iPhone OS, Google Android and Windows 7 Phone Series might be stealing most headlines in the mobile os space but that doesn’t mean that Palm’s WebOS is not on par with its competition. This is largely due to the fact that Palm WebOS handsets are pretty much operator-exclusives and offered only on Palm’s own products. Jen Edwards at BrightHand takes the latest update for a spin to find out what’s new. Hit the link to find out.
The Palm Pre phone will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement on an Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. An array of compelling accessories also will be available for Pre, including the Palm Touchstone charging dock. The Touchstone™ Charging Kit, which includes the Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover for Pre, will be available June 6 for $69.99. The Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover also are available separately from Palm for $49.99 and $19.99, respectively.
Follow the link to read the official Press Release.
Loving the look of the Palm Pre but fearing it may prove too rich for your blood? Look what just revealed itself… Yep, we have the second Palm handset to be based upon its stupendously exciting WebOS operating system. Codenamed the ‘Palm EOS’, what we have is a lovely tweak on the established Palm Treo/Centro design with a candybar Qwerty layout and some rather tasty specs.
Perhaps most noticeable are the dimensions which at just 111 x 55 x 10.6mm make the EOS the slimmest Qwerty smartphone to date (usurping the lovely Nokia E71). On top of this you’ll get a 2.63in 320 x 480 capacitive display (yum), HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 4GB storage plus a microSD expansion slot (note: omitted on the Pre). The 1150mAh battery is also apparently capable an impressive four hours 3G talk time.
One downer is the 2MP camera which lacks autofocus but does at least pack in a flash and video recording capabilities. On the upside however is decent codec support for WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and in there. That said, perhaps the best bit is yet to come: price. Reports claim the EOS will retail for just $349 sim free (£235) which could make it the must have budget smartphone of 2009.