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Palm Pre

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Finally, an iPhone killer. Well, kind of. The Palm Pre is the closest we've seen to something that outperforms the iPhone 3G and 3GS in all arenas.

For starters, it has everything you'd want in your phone. It has MMS (unlike the iPhone on release), it has GPS, it has a stunning 3.1 inch touch screen and runs Palm's very own webOS which runs like a dream.

The touch screen is just as, if not more, sensitive than the iPhone and the phone is such a treat to use. What's more, with it's slide out QWERTY keyword, even the fattest fingers can write a text or note.

The web browser is easy to use, much better than any HTC Windows Mobile operating systems, so perhaps the HTC Hero has a contender, too. With Flash support, you can play games (kind of) and watch videos online with ease.

Out on O2: 16 October 2009

The deal breaker in internet tethering. Whether it'll be available on O2 on 16th October is another question - but it certainly can operate like that SIM free.

Simply a fantastic, awesome, iPhone-ridiculing phone. Pre, we salute you.

Palm Pre specification

The specification for the Palm Pre is almost endless:

Operating system

  • Palm® webOS™

Network spec

  • 3G EVDO Rev A


  • 3.1-inch touch screen
  • 24-bit color
  • 320×480 resolution
  • HVGA display


  • Physical QWERTY keyboard


  • Microsoft Outlook® email with Microsoft® Direct Push Technology
  • POP3/IMAP (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc)


  • Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS


  • Built-in GPS

Digital camera

  • 3 megapixel camera
  • LED flash
  • extended depth of field


  • Ambient light
  • accelerometer
  • proximity

Media formats supported

  • Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
  • Image Formats: GIF, Animated GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP

Wireless connectivity

  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support


  • 8GB of user storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage support

Phone as laptop modem

  • Bluetooth tethering


  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

  • 3.5mm stereo

Palm® Touchstone™ charging dock

  • Compatible


  • Width: 59.5mm (2.3 inches)
  • Height: 100.5mm (3.9 inches)
  • Thickness: 16.95mm (0.67 inches)
  • Weight: 135 grams (4.76 ounces)

  • 3-megapixel autofocus camera
  • Video recording
  • Voice Control
  • Digital compass
  • Cut, Copy & Paste
  • MMS
  • Spotlight Search
  • Landscape keyboard
  • Voice Memos

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