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We've had a lot to say about the Palm Pre over the last few months, but it pales to insignificance compared to the epic monster of a Palm Pre review our noble Editor-in-Chief, Dieter Bohn, has just dropped on sibling site

There are Pre Reviews & then there are huge Pre Reviews with 12 videos and photo galleries w/ 200 images for companions

Well. Done. Sir.

If you're tired of the sizzle and want some steak, if you've seen smoke but question if there's fire, get thee over to and read the Palm Pre review.

Then hurry back here and tell us what you think of it, and how you think it'll compare with the iPhone!

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • The review is HUGE! EPIC WIN! Make sure to check it out. Looks like the Palm Pre is a good phone...hate the physical design though...
  • Looks Like a rip off of the iphone they just changed up how they get to the stuff wow if i were apple ide be pissed
  • That was the most in depth review I have ever read! The pre looks solid! personally I could go without the keyboard, but thats just me. I am most impressed with the page loading speeds! wow. this iphoner is a little jealous. now lets see if Apple comes out with a pre-killer!
  • Yawn...
  • really?!!
  • This phone is amazing!
  • I read the entire review and the Palm Pre just doesn't do it for me. I'm sure others will be excited about it, but the look and feel just don't quite draw me in. I do like the font that's used on the screens but that's about it. However, I am glad it seems to be a good iPhone competitor. Hopefully it will keep Apple on their toes so they can put a fire under their butts and drive more innovation and creativity. And let's hope that Sprint's Everything Plan for the Pre will inspire AT&T to come down on their pricing plans for the iPhone!
  • hey not for nothin but i really like my iphone3g n will like my next iphone im sure. the pre is cool to but not my thing. watever floats your boat , and just like to say i love my qwerty keypad on iphone to hell with buttons . , thanks guys lol
  • Great review! Some features that I thought would be killer turned out to be duds - Synergy (works but is very limited), Universal Search (isn't really that Universal). webOS is impressive as are multi-tasking, messaging and notifications. Some of the apps seem to be quality. I'd argue that while Gmail push is a plus it's not truly push. Getting mail every 15 min is polling not push. Other than that the Pre has a different take on the mobile computing platform that will speak to some. We'll see how many come this weekend. And we'll see if the buzz lasts after Apple's demo on Monday.
  • How long has Dieter had his mits on that phone? Seems like he must have had it a week to write that MONSTER review.
    The Review is awesome.
    The phone looks pretty good to. I am sure it will take a couple of months for a consensus to form regarding the Pre verses the iPhone. Who am I kidding, that will never happen, but with two great phones on the market it doesn't HAVE to happen. People finally have choice.
    I suggest that most of the initial negative reaction (by people who have never touched the phone) is just a reaction to the fact that it is different .
    Remember, this is firmware 1.0.2. The Pre can only get better.
    Competition is good. Let them duke it out in the market.
    Lets hope the carriers don't cripple it
  • Great review and pretty thorough. Initial impression from just reading and looking at videos and pictures is that it is a powerful and elaborate device. Like any techno device there will be a steep learning curve. I think it will really appeal to the biggest techno geeks out there because there are some really cool features, but to a certain degree I think it is a little complicated for the uninitated.
    One thing I love about my iPhone is that for the most part it just makes sense. Almost any of my friends that have picked it up have been able to figure it out. Heck my 2 year old son knows how to swipe to unlock, swipe to the screen that has his favorite "fire truck" sound maker, click on the appropriate icon, and then play it. And then when bored, hit the home button to play with one of the other kid friendly Apps I have installed for him. Can't see him figuring out how to get the Launcher, the wave thing, or universal search to work on the Pre!
    Regardless of that, it is going to be a game changer and certianly puch Apple to improve the iPhone even more. Now I can't wait even more for 3.0 and the rumored new handset!
  • What a review! The Pre has muscle and that's good for us. Congratulations to Palm for their efforts...
    There are definitely some take-aways for Apple. But I would venture to say that most of the areas where the iPhone may lag to the innovations/features of the Pre are easily remedied, I think.
    The Pre isn't an iPhone-Killer, but more of an iPhone-Opportunity.
  • You have to be kidding that review was extensive but he pretty much ignored every thing that GIzmod, Endgadget, Pcworl, Boygenius said. The software seems nice and all but come on this phone is way overhyped for what it is.
  • @The Reptile -
    The Pre is NOT polling. Every 15 minutes the Pre is requesting a refresh for IDLE (more than 15 minutes causes issues in any phone). So effectively it pushes for 15 minutes, and then needs to re-send a query to the server to maintain the push protocol. I'm sure of this since I've seen IDLE working in the G1.
  • It is sorrow copy of iPhone.
  • The os seems more organized than the iPhone. I hate sliding arround trying to find an app. And I hate having to exit an app just to run another one. Don't get me wrong the simplicity of the iPhone is great but it is lacking in organization and customization department.
  • That is a very very UGLY Phone!!!!!!
    LOL!!! How can that Thing ever compete with the Beautiful iPhone? It looks very odd"
  • I wonder if our resident troll PRE will show his face today LOL
  • and to make it worse AT&T gets the pre later on. lol but iphone aint goin anywhere. the pre is what sprint needed as their true iphone competitor. but its not what the world needed as an iphone challenger. the iphone still holds its throne & firmly
  • Good job!
    Very thorough review.
  • The operating system looks better than the iPhones but the hardware sucks apparently. 2nd or 3rd generation Pre I'll get but by that time iPhone and everyone else will counter with OS upgrades. I didn't get the 1st iPhones cause of what was lacking
  • I veiw my phone as an investment into my lifestyle, and I have no doubts about my investment now. Sure the pre is just as good or dare I say it better in some arenas but at this stage I'm not compteting with someone else because I can buy a better phone, I'm competing to acsess the Internet, the intelegent world. Yeah the ore can do the same thing the iPhone can and yes it can do it .1 second faster but I am just happy to have acsess at all. I like the thought that the iPhone was built without much thought about obselesence. There is very few moving parts to break and that can create a user experiece that will bring long term familiarty with the phone, which frees me up to think of different things.
  • If it was on AT&T, and I didn't have an iPhone, I surely would have upgraded from my Treo to this.
  • I'm dumping my "call failed", "app crashing", "3G to E to GPRS to no signal and back" iPhone 3G and getting a Pre!
    ATT or Apple or a little of both, I'm tired of the service. Competition is good for all!
  • iPhone killer NO!!! As for AT&T coming down on there plan pricing forget it, there are too many FOOLS willing to pay $120.00+ per month more for an iPhone & AT&T plan. So why would they?