Observers called it "tiny" and "adorable," not "must-have."
The enhancements in WebOS 2.0 make the Palm Pre 2 a very capable smartphone, but we think it's worth waiting for the HP Pre 3, which will offer hardware improvements to complement the software upgrades.
Despite some missing features and performance issues that make it less than ideal for on-the-go professionals, the Palm Pre offers gadget lovers and consumers well-integrated features and unparalleled multitasking capabilities. The hardware could be better, but more importantly, Palm has developed a solid OS that not only rivals the competition but also sets a new standard in the way smartphones handle tasks and manage information.
Handspring's parting shot, the Treo 600, is one of the better blends of phone and PDA that we've seen to date.
The Palm Pre matches the iPhone for touchscreen innovation, offering a user interface whose gesture and multi-touch capability make for a genuinely finger-friendly phone. The physical keyboard is handy, if you can get to grips with its tiny keys, but the App Catalog needs some serious attention
The Palm Pixi Plus packs a triple threat of great connectivity, heaps of features and a fresh touchscreen user interface into a smart, subtle-looking case. Sadly, it's very slow at times and its app store is one of the poorest out there
The Palm Pre 2 is another fun, feature-packed Pre, but it's hard to get excited about incremental improvements, and you'll be mostly excluded from your friends' app frenzy.
Although it's a good smartphone, the 500v needs either Wi-Fi or HSDPA to deliver that knockout punch.
The Palm Treo 680 doesn't set the pulse racing with great, innovative new features -- instead it builds on the solid foundations of past Palm OS Treos. Sturdy efficiency sits alongside some stuff that's frankly baffling
Here's a dollop of irony: the best Windows Mobile smartphone has been created by Palm! A bevy of OS enhancements and access to Telstra's Next G mobile broadband network easily make it the best Windows Mobile device we've ever used.
While there are certain things about the Pro that we think could be improved, such as the camera, it's a solid business phone that runs relatively smoothly. It lacks the finesse of the BlackBerry Bold and wow of the iPhone but it works well and is a good choice if you're looking for a Windows Mobile phone that does what it says on the tin
The Treo 600 was due an update, and this is a good one. Very similar in design, with improved ergonomics, the Treo 650 builds on earlier success, adding a removable battery and Bluetooth. We still don't like the protruding antenna, and would have liked Wi-Fi, a better camera and more internal memory, but overall the Treo 650 gets the thumbs up
The Palm Pre Plus keeps everything that was great about the original Pre, including the slick webOS operating system, and improves upon the hardware. But plenty of water has passed under the smart-phone bridge since the launch of the Pre, leaving the Pre Plus feeling underwhelming, due to a lack of big new features and a dismal app store
The Palm Treo 700wx brings some needed improvements to the Windows Mobile smart phone, such as more memory, but it's still far from perfect.
The Palm Treo Pro for Sprint offers plenty of features and satisfactory performance, but the carrier's business customers will get a better user experience from the HTC Touch Pro.
Despite some minor shortcomings, the Palm Centro offers Verizon Wireless customers an easy-to-use, affordable, and solid performing smartphone that's perfect for the first-time buyer or anyone on a budget.
Though it has its shortcomings, the PalmOne Treo 650 offers solid performance and adds some key features, such as a crisp display and Bluetooth connectivity.