Palm Pre 2 CDMA review: Improved webOS

posted at 21 May 2011 by Josh

The Palm Pre 2 seems to have chosen a bad moment to come out, with Verizon’s 4G LTE Android devices around the corner, and, even more, the HP Pre 3 which has already been announced.

Verizon Pre 2 official group

However, the Palm Pre 2 offers some benefits compared to its predecessor, the Pre Plus, such as a faster processor, more RAM, a higher resolution camera, and updated software with webOS 2.0.

What is in the retail box:

- the Palm Pre 2 phone
- a 1150mAh battery
- AC adapter with detachable microUSB cable
- 3.5mm stereo headsets

The design of the Palm Pre 2 has not changed, and it would have been interesting to see some changes to the exterior of the phone. It kept the oval and rounded shape, comfortable to hold, as well as the soft-touch coating on the sides and back. There is one visual change, though; its front side is now flat.

Verizon Pre 2 design

The capacitive touchscreen has the same size of 3.1-inch with a resolution of 320x480 pixels. The volume rocker, power/lock button, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, as well as a sliding lever that acts to silence the phone’s ringer and alerts, are to be found along side.

Verizon Pre 2 side view

On the back there is an updated 5MP camera with LED flash, and the speaker. The battery cover can work with the optional charging dock which is sold separately. You also have 16GB of internal memory at you disposal, but no memory card slot.

There is no change to the 4-row QWERTY keyboard, as compared to the one on the Pre Plus, with glossy individual keys which also have a plastic feel.