Palm Pre reviewed: Does it live up to the hype?

CNET reviews the highly anticipated Palm Pre for Sprint. See if the smartphone lives up to all the hype.

We haven't seen so much buzz over a phone since the iPhone, but for the past six months, all eyes have been on the Palm Pre.

Introduced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre quickly became the most anticipated phone of the year, not only for what it meant for Palm and Sprint --two companies struggling behind their competitors--but also for what the device promised. The multitasking features, the notification system, a physical keyboard, multitouch screen--all these factors combined made it, in our opinion, the most legitimate rival to the iPhone yet.

We all know the six months that followed the Pre's debut were a little tortuous: the long wait for an availability date and pricing; the not being able to touch the Pre without supervision.

Well, now that is all over. While the June 6 release is still a couple of days away, we've been lucky enough to spend the past few days with the final product, poring over every detail of the device. Does it live up to all the hype? Well, you'll have to read our full review to find out. And get comfy: the review is a bit long, but there's a lot to talk about. Also, check out our Palm Pre screenshots gallery to get a more in-depth look at the Palm webOS.

Read our full review of the Palm Pre .
Palm Pre unboxing video

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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