The hype has hit the masses and some may love it, but one expert is not impressed. Boy Genius Report also notes Palm Pre “feels a little cheap” even though the size is perfect and holding the device feels good overall although a lot lighter than expected.
It’s really not good. My hands aren’t that big (I can type faster than you could ever dream on a BlackBerry, iPhone or E71) and my thumb literally takes up 3 or 4 keys on the keyboard. There’s less space in between each key than say, a BlackBerry Curve 8300 keyboard, and the texture takes some time to get used to. It’s a rubberized coating kind of like the Centro and Treo Pro, and while the keys are a bit harder (better), the coating could possibly get irritating as usage increases. It’s really such an important area that couldn’t afford to be messed with and we’ll admit it… we’re a little let down. You’re going after the big guns here, and this is kind of disappointing.
With a not-so-great keyboard and a cheap-ish weight and feel to the device, how does it measure up in functionality? WebOS is off to a promising start but has some major hurdles ahead.
Granted Pre apps will be a whole lot better than iPhone web apps ever were; it’s disheartening to see something like this happen out of the gate though. They will never be able to compete with the Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and iPhone app stores and services like this.
Linking everything together in Synergy may not be as intuitive or smart as expected for some users. Universal Search gets a check for working as advertised, but is not open for 3rd party customization. See more Palm Pre screen photos and read the rest of the mostly glowing review for details on battery life, the browser, and apps along with hundreds of comments at BGR.