Verizon Palm Pre 2 Cell Phone Smartphone No Contract Slider QWERTY CDMA
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|Camera Description||5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, LED flash||8 MP||5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, fixed focus||Primary: 5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, Features: Geo-tagging, Video: 720p||18 MP|
|Screen Size||3.1 in||3.1 in||2.6 in||4.3 in||5.4 in|
|Item Dimensions||—||0.41 x 2.63 x 4.71 in||0.59 x 3.31 x 2.15 in||8 x 8 x 8 in||3.03 x 5.8 x 0.37 in|
|Item Weight||—||4.9 ounces||3.63 ounces||2.4 ounces||6.72 ounces|
|Operating System||Hp Web OS||Blackberry||HP webOS 2.1||google_android||Android|
The Palm Pre 2 is an update to the Pre Plus and upgrades to a 1 GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera. The Pre 2 smartphone includes the stylish webOS platform, touch screen with unique gesture area, WiFi, 3G data, multi-format music player, Bluetooth compatibility, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This CDMA device also features GPS, video recording and streaming capabilities, and a sleek, portable form factor.
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The camera does not zoom, afaik., which is a little annoying.
Saw someone commented on battery life: if you turn the wifi off when you don't need it, that will make a huge difference.
I did have to do a software update b/c I could not get downloaded applications to install, which took me some work to figure out, so here's the info. on how to find it: google "developer palm update support application update" (I think Amazon removes links so not bothering to c&p it). Since I ran the update, which was easy, everything works perfectly.
Also, I have dropped it twice, on pavement (gah!!), and the screen really is tough. As is the rest of it. You can't even tell.
The operating system of the Palm Pre (webOS) was ahead of its time. Many of the phones features and user interface is now used by Apple and Samsung in their phones.
The touch is quite responsive and the screen has nice resolution. The camera is hit and miss. sometimes it takes incredible pictures, other times it is kind of crummy.
The calendar is the main reason why I have kept this phone around and it syncs pretty decently with google.
There are TONS of ways to modify, patch and tweak your phone by using some HomeBrew apps.
-- The Palm App store stopped receiving support a couple of years ago. You will be sorely dissapointed in the selection.
I don't really care about apps so no biggie for me.
It does need to be shut down or reset every few days or things get a little buggy.
The touchstone technology is super handy; I am surprised more companies don't utilize a charging station that is so simple and slick.
--- It works out of the box with a lot of pre-paid companies (PagePlus etc.) so that is another reason I keep it around.
If you want a smart phone but don't need all of the fancy apps, consider paying anywhere from $30 - $60 a month for excellent voice, text and data plans on a pre-paid plan.
I also hate on-screen keyboards so the physical buttons are awesome. They are a little tiny though so for large fingered people you'll probably have to learn some tricks or use your nails. You adjust to it.
Don't shy away from this phone! It's a great stepping stone to a smart phone!
The device itself is old, outdated and unsupported. It has a single-core processor, while phones nowadays have dual and quad core processors. It has a quarter of the RAM used in most modern phones. The display has a low pixel density. At the time this phone was released to the world, none of that stuff mattered. It was considered fast enough at the time. Please don't forget that this phone is almost five years old at the time of this review.
However, you can use it to access your email, calendar and contacts, listen to music, and podcasts, access Facebook and Twitter, and (sort of) take pictures. It's better than the $150 basic phones Verizon is selling off-contract and costs significantly less.
Owning a NOS (new old stock) Palm Pre 2 has some geek charm to it, but it's a pain in the butt sometimes. You'll never be able to use Instagram, Pinterest or anything newer than Facebook or Twitter. Using it can be frustrating if you're coming from a newer device, simply because the hardware can't keep up with the modern you. A lot of have become conditioned to tapping and swiping through screens quickly.
There are homebrew (community maintained) apps and patches that you must sideload onto the device that add features and functionality that never made it to Web OS due to it being abandoned.
The cost of this phone is the only reason I can think of to buy one. If you can afford even a used iPhone, Android, or Windows phone, go buy one of those instead. If you're poor or just want something to play with, go for a Pre 2. I would not buy a Pixi or Pre Plus if I were you. These days, the Pre 2 or Pre 3 (which is much more expensive) are the only viable Palm devices to use. The others are just too slow.