Nachdem Palms Pre auf der diesjährigen CES für viel Aufsehen sorgte, geht der vermeintlich erste wirkliche iPhone-Killer diesen Samstag in den USA an den Start. Passend zum Launch haben renommierte Journalisten wie Walt Mossberg oder auch David Plogue erste Reviews verfasst. Das Kredo der Schreiberlinge ist, dass Palms Pre trotz Plastik-Gefühls der Konkurrenz rund um Apples iPhone Einiges voraus habe. Besonders das von Palm entwickelte WebOS hat es den Testern angetan.
Walt Mossberg über Palms Pre:
„The Pre’s biggest disadvantage is its app store, the App Catalog. At launch, it has only about a dozen apps, compared with over 40,000 for the iPhone, and thousands each for the G1 and the modern BlackBerry models. Even worse, the Pre App Catalog isn’t finished. It’s immature, it’s labeled a beta, and Palm has yet to release the tools for making Pre apps available to more than a small group of developers.
In fact, during my testing, one of my downloads from the App Catalog caused my Pre to crash disastrously — all my email, contacts and other data were wiped out, and the phone was unable to connect to the Sprint network or Wi-Fi. Palm conceded the catastrophe was due to problems it still has getting the App Catalog to work with the phone’s internal memory, and explained that this is one reason it hasn’t widely distributed the developer tools.
All in all, I believe the Pre is a smart, sophisticated product that will have particular appeal for those who want a physical keyboard. It is thoughtfully designed, works well and could give the iPhone and BlackBerry strong competition — but only if it fixes its app store and can attract third-party developers.“
Davids Plogue über Palms Pre:
„The Pre, which goes on sale Saturday, is an elegant, joyous, multitouch smartphone; it’s the iPhone remixed. That’s no surprise, really; its primary mastermind was Jon Rubinstein, who joined Palm after working with Steve Jobs of Apple, on and off, for 16 years. Once at Palm, he hired 250 engineers from Apple and elsewhere, and challenged them to out-iPhone the iPhone.
That the Pre even comes close to succeeding is astonishing. As so many awful “iPhone killers” have demonstrated, most efforts to replicate the iPhone result in hideous designed-by-committee messes."
Joshua Topolsky über Palms Pre:
To put it simply, the Pre is a great phone, and we don't feel any hesitation saying that. Is it a perfect phone? Hell no. Does its OS need work? Definitely. But are any of the detracting factors here big enough to not recommend it? Absolutely not. There's no doubt that there's room for improvement in webOS and its devices, but there's also an astounding amount of things that Palm nails out of the gate.
Abschließend folgt noch ein kleines Video unserer Kollegen von Engadget, die einen detaillierten Blick auf das Betriebssystem werfen und zudem ausfürhlich auf die Benutzerführung eingehen: