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Palm Pre 2 review

It doesn't look much different to what's come before, so is the Pre 2 more than just Pre Plus Plus?

Our Verdict

There's a phenomenal phone to made using webOS, but this just isn't it.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • One of the best OS concepts around
  • Build quality
  • Generally quite snappy
  • Decent camera
  • Good keyboard

Against

  • Feels like minor update
  • No improvement to screen
  • Some bugginess
  • Battery life
  • Not subsidised

Palm Pre 2 review: Battery life

The battery on the Palm Pre 2 is rated for five hours of talk time or 350 hours of standby.

Of course, with this type of phone, these two activities are probably what you're least likely to do, so how does it fare when you're constantly browsing the web, checking email and generally fiddling with it?

Palm pre 2

The answer is: not very well. From it being at 100% in the morning, we used it a fairly standard amount, sending a couple of emails, reading a few, checking Twitter every so often and some web browsing.

By mid-evening, it was down to 20 per cent of battery. Now there's lots you can do to try to mitigate this, such as turning down the brightness, having it check for email less often and various other tricks, but against comparable smartphones using similar settings, the Pre 2 simply doesn't make a good account of itself.

In fact, during some of the more intense testing we did, we had to be charging it constantly more or less.

Connectivity

Connection options on the Palm Pre 2 haven't changed much from previous iterations. Wi-Fi 802.11b/g complements 3G data connectivity for wireless internet access, and there's also Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP audio streaming support.

Palm pre 2

We found signal to be a bit up and down on the Pre 2. In some areas, 3G appeared to be fine and strong, but it was slow in practice (and wouldn't access some services at all). It wasn't bad, but certainly wasn't the strongest we've seen.

The micro-USB port enables you to charge from the mains (UK and European plugs are both included in the box), or connect to a PC. As we mentioned in the Media section, there's no official PC client for loading media, so you can either drag and drop files or use a third-party solution, such as DoubleTwist.

The 3.5mm headphone jack means you can connect your own headphones or a set of speakers.

There's no microSD card slot for expanding the 16GB of built-in storage, but this will be enough space for most people anyway.

The Pre 2's battery cover is ready to work with the optional Touchstone charger, which enables you to charge the phone wirelessly. New software features mean that the phone now knows when it's on the Touchstone, so apps can adapt what they display when the Pre is in charge mode.

Palm pre 2

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleSlider
ColourBlack
Operating SystemHP webOS
Brand NamePalm
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelPre 2
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Operating System VersionHP webOS 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height100.7 mm
Width59.6 mm
Depth16.9 mm
ManufacturerPalm, Inc
Product NamePre 2 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1075EU-UMTS
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://euro.palm.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Palm Pre 2 smartphone has been reengineered to do more of what you want to do faster. Quickly switch between multiple open apps.1 Simply start typing to begin an email or update your status. Tap a message notification while you're playing a 3D game.2,3 With HP webOS 2.0, accomplishing more is effortless.

Package Contents
  • Pre 2 Smartphone
  • Palm Pre Touchstone Back Cover