Now, I know a lot of people wonder why Palm bothered with a phone that is so similar to the original. Like a father of twins I can see the difference easily but I get the point and agree somewhat. The iterations of the Pre haven’t exactly been barn burners, so why bother with another yet another?
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
Well, it isn’t exactly insanity. The people that use the Pre variants have actually been very loyal and love the form, so why not give them a new version? Certainly, the Pre 2 is much better than previous version and begins to show off WebOS the way it should. I actually love this form. It fits in the hand much better than most smartphones and you don’t have to watch a screen rotation when sliding out the keyboard.
I’ll be posting a video review in the next day or two to show off the hardware and a bit of the software.
Anyway, let’s get to the more interesting part! The Palm Pre 2 will be available from Rogers. Yes, Rogers. It’s been rumoured for a while now but finally announced by Rogers themselves.
Are you surprised it wasn’t from Bell? You shouldn’t be. From the looks of it, the Pre has been a big failure for Bell. They have been trying to clear out their inventory for a looong time now. That really isn’t because it’s a bad phone, just very poorly marketed by Palm or Bell. The original Palm is all the way down to $149 without a contract! Crazy low price and worth it for this smartphone.
Having said that, the Pre 2 runs circles around the original. The body of the phone is no longer that slick and slippery plastic but a rubberized plastic that feels much better. The screen is now flat and glass rather than the original’s rounded plastic. It’s fast; MUCH faster than the original (sans overclocking). Overall it is still very similar but feels much better in the hand.
More to come on the Palm Pre 2. Let me know if you have questions.
The Palm Pre 2 will be available from Rogers sometime soon. We are waiting to hear official date and pricing options.