Palm Pre 2 review

It doesn't look much different to what's come before, so is the Pre 2 more than just Pre Plus Plus?

TODO alt text

Our Verdict

There's a phenomenal phone to made using webOS, but this just isn't it.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

View full specification


  • One of the best OS concepts around
  • Build quality
  • Generally quite snappy
  • Decent camera
  • Good keyboard


  • Feels like minor update
  • No improvement to screen
  • Some bugginess
  • Battery life
  • Not subsidised

The Palm Pre 2's history starts, unsurprisingly, with the original Palm Pre. When it launched, many had high hopes for it to be the device that rivalled the iPhone for slickness and ease of use.

Unfortunately, sales never really bore this out, but the webOS-powered phone received an iterative update in the Palm Pre Plus.

Now we have the Palm Pre 2. The HP webOS operating system has had an upgrade to version 2.0, which brings a host of new features.

The addition of Flash 10.1 is one of the biggest changes, though the most obvious difference for general use will probably be the new Stacks feature, which groups multitasking cards together to make it even easier to browse your apps.

Palm pre 2

There are some handy behind-the-scenes changes, such as HP Synergy for tying apps into your Messaging, Contact and Calendars, which will enable Facebook instant messaging to be added to the unified Messaging app.

Internally, the processor has been boosted to 1GHz, bringing it up to the standard of modern smartphones such as the HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S. The camera has also been upgraded, now shooting at five megapixels, rather than its predecessor's three.

So will all these changes mean this latest version of the Pre is more than just the small update the Pre Plus was?

Palm pre 2

There's still all of the good old specifications knocking around too, of course. 3G data connectivity, Wi-Fi access for speedy browsing and the physical keyboard all return, along with Palm's App Catalog for expanding your software collection.

The Palm Pre 2 is available unlocked for £399. It's not subsidised through networks at the time of writing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemHP webOS
Brand NamePalm
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelPre 2
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionHP webOS 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height100.7 mm
Width59.6 mm
Depth16.9 mm
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
ManufacturerPalm, Inc
Product NamePre 2 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1075EU-UMTS
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Palm Pre 2 smartphone has been reengineered to do more of what you want to do faster. Quickly switch between multiple open apps.1 Simply start typing to begin an email or update your status. Tap a message notification while you're playing a 3D game.2,3 With HP webOS 2.0, accomplishing more is effortless.

Package Contents
  • Pre 2 Smartphone
  • Palm Pre Touchstone Back Cover