Palm Pre

Apple was ever there before Palm. But wants to show with the Palm Pre Palm where the hammer hangs. Palm pre

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Several years ago brought the pilot who had barely the mass of a half paperback Palm, made the PDA so socially acceptable and the home the ultimate in terms of personal information management. Palm has overslept, however, the transition from the PDA to the Smartphone world – and after successful years there was only one direction for the stock price lately: steeply downhill.

Now Palm is back and once again presents a competitor this time very successful with his iPhone manufacturer from Cupertino: the first WebOS Smartphone Palm Pre is offered exclusively with O2. Without a contract, the entry in the new age of Palm costs 481 euro or a euro deposit and 24 monthly instalments to 20 euros each.

For a revolution, this would be not too much to ask, especially since that use Palm Pre with SIM card from any network operator can. A good move with O2 thanks to cheaper flat rate data, which is necessarily advisable for the use of the Palm pre, and good network certainly not must shy away from the comparison. Services that can use the device only in the provider’s network such as visual voicemail on the iPhone, Palm has waived.

Haptics and processing

Even the Palm Pre is a smooth Pebble-like rounded corners well in hand. Where the handle convenient exterior also has a disadvantage: with 17 mm height the Palm Pre bulge out visually unflattering shirt and tight pants pockets. With 136 grams of weight, it is also more in the midfield of the Smartphone category. The big game between the keyboard and display case still identified on the prototype is significantly reduced when the serial device, stability and processing there to suspend not much. In direct comparison with the iPhone that attracts Palm Pre on the subject of material quality, however the shorter – the Apple Phone acts as a whole simply noble. Palm had may invest love some more in the outer charm of his provider of hope.

The area is pleasantly compact sized. This applies even more so than the Palm Pre with 480 x 320 pixels has a high resolution display. But although the bright, contrast display approximately less than is usual at this resolution, which brings not the usual problems during the operation. Control elements such as icons to make is which on pure sticky keys designed capacitive touchscreen without any problems. Even Web pages that are programmed for mouse, and much larger monitors can be drawn up so accurately and quickly at the Palm Pre with a two-finger gesture, that clicking on links or navigation elements succeed mostly accident-free. Subjectively the most problematic on many other smartphones surfing on the Internet with the WebOS browser works especially liquid.

Well thought out interface

Also problems with the far too small keys of from virtual keyboards are here ruled out, because that puts Palm Pre so far alone on the sliding keyboard. Search can with this thanks to the so-called universal cope with even the most navigation tasks. A pressure on the B button displays all programs that start with B. There are also contacts with a letter added. And as soon as universal search more find anything appropriate to the device, Google, Wikipedia and co. for further research are offered.

Running programs can be via push button under the display or by two-finger gesture to a thumbnail view. In this so-called Palm Card View, you can push the applications to the page what in the Middle moves adjacent open applications, or close by way of snapping upward. Also the arrangement of the open apps can be changed if about two programs together should, to allow fast switching. It may be complicated sound, but is in practice very catchy.

The Quick Launch toolbar with five important applications, of which four freely configure belongs to the other navigation elements can be, which makes it possible to adapt to personal needs. The whole screen will be used by a program, another special feature of the Palm pre comes to fruition: the area below the screen is touch-sensitive. From here, can you pull up the Quick Launch bar at any time or with a wipe from right to left each jump back one level in the currently used application.

The gestures are indeed partly not really intuitive, but after a settling-in period with quick start guide, the operation is really fun. The only stumbling block is the difficulty to mark a passage on the letter. Here, a multiway navigation button could provide good service. But for touch screen devices, it is only logical to give up.

At the start screen connect even an if necessary, switchable display of upcoming dates and the date of wished, that would ensure the quick overview. But something can later supply Palm via software update. It is important that the entire user interface is managed as the good reviews in this discipline and handling as a whole.

Features

The equipment taken to some particularities must be observed. So, Palm offered no Outlook synchronization software. Who not do without it, may purchase which in the popular sync providers. At mark/space (www.markspace.com) and Chapura (www.chapura.com) about is to have a suitable software. Otherwise offers to the comfortable synchronization with Exchange, Facebook, and Gmail accounts, can be extended if necessary to POP3 or IMAP mailboxes. The Palm personal information management completes the very useful way, calendar, and contact data from multiple sources in a view to summarize (synergy). Miss some users will be a memory card socket, where the 7.2 gigabytes of free, internal memory are very generous. Data can be on play in hard mode well via a USB cable and are also easily found search on the above universal regardless of the location.

Contrary to an elsewhere included criticism, the combination of A-GPS and Google maps could very well please. The Palm Pre recorded sites very quickly and also for pedestrian navigation, the representation of direction was surprisingly steady. The guide is supplemented by a strong contrast, high-resolution display that remains legible even on bright sunny days. Otherwise little detail weaknesses in the software facilities prevent a more than satisfactory rating. Here sure anything will do with further updates. Otherwise is the app catalog to download of additional programs. Who now criticizes the growing period of the test catalog due to inadequate offer, it should be remembered that the iPhone had to exist at the beginning without any additional software.

From the measurement lab

While surfing on the Internet is very powerful Palm Pre and treats herself to there otherwise only short breaks of computing, where experienced users also expect. Overall, the WebOS device works liquid, what limited at the expense of stamina goes – the Palm Pre missing here to a ‘good’ only two points. But that should not obscure that a device during normal use immane so tightly to the Internet needs much electricity.

Who so rain data exchanges with Facebook, Gmail or Exchange Server and also takes advantage of, must as download on the iPhone and the Android at the end of the day. But Palm has optionally as a special highlight for 60 euros the charger touchstone in the offer, that you just must put on the pre.

Not completely convince could the pre in the UMTS measurements. Here, some more power would be favorable to penetrate to the base station in critical situations. The services in the GSM network are beyond any doubt, and the acoustic measurements confirm the good sense of hearing.

Conclusion

The iPhone, the Android phones and now also the Palm Pre are so far in the cloud of the Web at home. Who fails to clear with the first, because he must engage too much in the Apple world with iTunes, app store, and compulsory binding to T-Mobile, and great curiosity by Google is scary for Android devices, Palm offers an alternative. In this respect, the Palm Pre is much more than a new smartphone. It has the potential to usher in the second revolution and to blow fresh wind into the Smartphone market.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-Fi standard
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
SMS / MMS
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 12/09
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points