Product Type: Palm Smartphone
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A joy to use - don't skip this one when looking for a smart phone
Member Name: lankmarka
Advantages: Wonderful WebOS operating system with TRUE multitasking
Disadvantages: Lacking in apps, but these are picking up. Build quality so-so.
This is my first smart phone, but I'm never looking back to the 'dumb' days. It may be unhealthy but I love my Pre! Palm have had a lot of stick for certain aspects of this phone - mainly slow operating system and poor hardware. Whilst these complaints are not unfounded, I do think they are a little unfair.
For normal use, the Pre runs just fine speed-wise. It's only when opening multiple apps that it does start to lag a little, but to be honest they were the first to 'properly' implement multi-tasking - and in my opinion still the best. The downside was the phone's hardware/spec not quite 'man' enough for the job. As for external hardware - yeah, it's a bit plasticky, but I've had mine for nearly a year now and it's still in good condition. Never had to take one back. I think these reports have been exaggerated somewhat.
The WebOS operating system is an absolute joy to use. The first for me that makes me want to constantly pick up my phone and play with it. I've tried fiends' iPhones, and they just don't do it for me. The 'cards' metaphor for running apps is beautiful, and the whole experience is slick and polished. Can't wait for future iterations.
I most certainly will be getting future Palm phones (my girlfriend also has the Pixi Plus on my recommendation, and loves it too).
Summary: Best smart phone OS by far!
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