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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?

The video recording specs on the Palm Pre 2 are modest at best, with 640 x 480 VGA recording in MP4 your only option. So how does it look?

It's very good! Notwithstanding the lower resolution, we're quite impressed with what the Pre 2 has captured here, with one major caveat.

What's up with the drastic change in colour temperature five seconds in? It totally changes how everything in the shot looks, and it's quite disconcerting. We know we went closer to orange artificial light from blue sunlight, but the phone didn't need to make the shift quite so severe.

The 30 frames per second recording speed and 3.7Mbps bit rate combine to produce video that's actually quite detailed and smooth (don't let our jumpy movement holding the camera fool you, breaking it down frame by frame reveals a massively impressive lack of motion blur).

Not only that, but the music playing from the roundabout is captured clearly, and with barely any distortion. There's wind howling over it, yes, but the audio capture is generally just as impressive as the video.

It's just a shame it's only VGA then. Let's see HD next time, Palm/HP!

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionHP webOS 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height100.7 mm
Width59.6 mm
Depth16.9 mm
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
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