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Sporting a relatively small 3.1in touchscreen and overall specs that hardly set the pulse racing, the Palm Pre 2 probably doesn’t immediately appeal to those looking for the latest and greatest smartphone. However, with some nice hardware touches and possibly the best mobile phone operating system available, WebOS 2.0, this is still one handset that’s well worth considering.

Now, we've already covered the merits of WebOS 2.0 so we encourage you to give that a read as well if you're thinking of buying this phone. As such we won't dwell on the software here but instead we'll take a look at the hardware the Palm Pre 2 brings to the table and how the software's been implemented on it.

The most immediately obvious thing about the Palm Pre 2 is that its design hasn’t changed much from that of its predecessors the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. The same pebble-like stubby design is present, along with the same size screen and, when you slide the phone open, a very similar looking keyboard.

For those hoping Palm would finally release a touchscreen-only smartphone this is obviously a disappointment but on most other levels it’s not a problem. While a tad thick, with dimensions of 100.7mm x 59.6mm x 16.9mm, it’s more pocketable than many of the monster phones we've seen of late and the rounded back and sides makes it wonderfully comfortable to hold, as does the soft-touch plastic finish that replaces the glossy black of old.

One particularly neat (and unique) trick up the sleeve of the Palm Pre 2 comes courtesy its back plate, which covers the 1150mAh battery and SIM slot. Incorporated into this is wireless charging technology that when coupled with the Palm TouchStone wireless charger (available separately for £39.99 from the Palm store) allows you to simply place the phone on the charger and it will start charging – no plugging in necessary. The charger houses a magnet so keeps the phone securely in place. Once on the TouchStone, the new WebOS software allows you set the phone to start a TouchStone mode, whereby it can display various information like calendar entries, emails and the time, for reading at a glance.

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Ala Miah

November 30, 2010, 3:50 pm

I want the Palm Pre 2 simply because of the software, nothing out there not even iOS beats WebOs 2.0.





I can do away with the hardware nigles because I'm not looking for the best of everything.





It just so sad that it's not available on any networks, can't afford this on it's own :(.





Surely o2 would like to pick this up as they had the origion palm pre.

KultiVator

November 30, 2010, 11:15 pm

This is the OS platform I most want to see set free on some decent tablet hardware.





Come on HP, concentrate on making this happen (and please get it right first time).

Premfab

November 30, 2010, 11:54 pm

It must be good - it's not Apple!!





HP products of past have always been well thought out, usable and robust. Hopefully some of this culture has been passed down to the Palm Pre 2.





The reason for the opening statement about Apple is iTunes - they really need to get rid of it. I don't care how cool or slick the iphone is - it is still tethered to an incredible piece of crapware.

rav

December 1, 2010, 3:39 am

I'm a bit confused by what you mean by poor hardware? Screen aside the hardware specs pretty much matches any high end smartphone.





Personally I don't think the screen is even too much of an issue. Yes bigger and higher res is better but given that you don't lose any space to the virtual keyboard 3.1" should be okay in practice.

Ed

December 1, 2010, 2:47 pm

@rav: Small, low res screen. Poor camera. Not a particularly good keyboard. Plastic construction (though this has its upsides as well). It's not appalling but when you can get significantly better on a variety of other devices.

rav

December 1, 2010, 3:34 pm

@Ed


Fair enough. I was thinking more about the components but when you're spending 400 notes you' like to have something you can show off to your mates.

Simmy

August 5, 2011, 7:14 am

I used to have an iPhone 3GS!
+ then got a palm ore 2,
Hate the palm! Freezes all the time, doesn't receive all texts or calls! It's crap to be honest!
I recommend you don't get one!

Simmy

August 5, 2011, 7:16 am

I used to have an apple iPhone 3GS
Then got palm pre 2.
I wish i still have my iPhone,
Palm freezes, doesn't receive all calls+texts
And have to put the password on for the Internet everyday!

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