You don’t see the words “better than iPhone” knocking around mobile reviews very often. (The phrase “but it’s not as good as the iPhone’s” is practically punctuation at this point.) But you will see these words sprinkled, if not peppered throughout reviews of the Palm Pre.
Adding to the intrigue on this day before launch, David Pogue’s review of the Pre was in fact leaked to or at least posted by an Indian news site before it appeared on NYTimes.com. CNET reported this yesterday and now that the real story has been posted by the the New York Times, clearly we were looking at an earlier draft by Pogue (unless MyDigitalFC went to the trouble of editing things like “The screen slides up, revealing four rows of Thumbelina-size keys” to say, “The phone’s top and bottom halves slide apart, revealing four rows of keys.”) Personally I think MyDigitalFC should stop linking to something called an “ethics policy” on its front page.
Although the policy does say, “Sourcing from other media is okay, as long as they are given credit.” Maybe they are only guilty of following it too closely.
The consensus is that WebOS is beautiful and very functional (this is usually where the “better than iPhone” phrase comes in) and everything else is… mixed. From the razor sharp jaw, to the iPod disguise, the Palm Pre world is going to be interesting. Here are the reviews and some memorable quotes.
“…once the gorgeous screen comes to life, the black plastic strip beneath it is also touch-sensitive. Slide your thumb leftward, for example, to go back one screen. Drag upward to summon the animated, bendy, quick-launch strip.”
“Nowhere—not on the iPhone, the G1, the G2 or any of HTC’s other smartphones—has a phone been so threatening to the integrity of my skin.” [Author goes on to demonstrate the sharp edge of the Pre slicing cheese.]
“But the multitouch! I can’t tell if it’s because there’s a better CPU backing it up, or a better digitizer, or if it’s just better software, but the touch is more accurate, more responsive and just plain better than the iPhone’s.”
“Selections take little to no effort and there’s that oh-so-magical water ripple effect when actually touching the display. It’s vibrant, rich and all around really clear.”
My question: Is it cool?