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Review: Palm Pre

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Despite all of the wonderful technology available to phone manufacturers, not a single one of them has been able to come up with that magical formula to include absolutely every feature. There are always trade-offs, and the Pre is no different. It has a lot of pros and cons to weigh.

The hardware comes off as feeling a little bit on the cheap side. That's unfortunate. Some will find the QWERTY keyboard difficult to use, though I thought it was okay. The lack of expandable memory means it is limited to the 8GB of on-board storage. On the plus side, it is extremely compact and the display is just awesome.

On the software side of things, the Pre and webOS offer amazing contact management, solid email, SMS, MMS, and IM powers, and easy synchronization of multiple email and social networking accounts. webOS itself is not immediately user friendly, but a little bit of practice goes a long way to making it more usable.

The Pre has a very capable music player. Though the camera takes good pictures, it lacks some obvious features -- such as the ability to record video. Browsing was easy and enjoyable, and the host of other features included make the Pre a very rich and capable device indeed.

The Pre offers a lot, but has some glaring omissions. If you're willing to give up features such as video capture and don't mind being limited to 8GB of storage, the Pre will offer you excellent personal information and messaging management along with a user interface that outperforms many others in return.

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