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HP Announces Pre 2 with webOS 2.0 for Verizon Wireless

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Oct 19, 2010, 8:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today HP announced the new Pre 2 smartphone, which runs webOS 2.0 and will be available from Verizon Wireless "soon." The Pre 2 borrows its design heavily from its predecessor, the Palm Pre. It retains the vertical slider form factor with touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The display measures 3.1 inches and has 360 x 480 pixels. Other hardware features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP; a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture; an accelerometer for gaming; and 16GB of on board storage. It will support Verizon's mobile hotspot feature, allowing up to five other devices to tether via Wi-Fi. The webOS 2.0 software has been heavily updated. It now includes support for Adobe Flash Player Mobile 10.1, Bluetooth keyboards, HTML5 within the browser, Skype Mobile, and VPN access for business users. WebOS 2.0 refreshes the way stacks work, which can now be clustered into groups to reduce home screen clutter. Palm has renamed the Universal Search feature to Just Type, and it will support actions such as initiating emails, messages. Another new feature called Exhibition work with the Touchstone charger, and will display the user's daily agenda while the device charges. Neither HP nor Verizon Wireless said when the device will be available, nor what it will cost.

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Oct 21, 2010, 12:02 PM

Voice Dial

All this and still no voice dial capability?! This is a basic capability that anyone would expect from a smart phone in this price range. In a state where hands free operation is required by law when driving it makes my phone a receive only tool when behind the wheel. pathetic.

Oct 19, 2010, 6:53 PM

New Rule

New Rule. If you have not own the phone or have spent one hour playing with the phone DO NOT
COMMENT. My Ex girlfriend has the Pre. I wish the keyboard was a side ways slider. I would take the Pre over the Blackberry 8530 that we use at my job.
that's because BBerry's are pretty much ONLY for business.

I HAVE played with a pre pretty extensively. The software is really nice, but it's got crappy hardware. From this refresh it looks like the hardware will still be an issue.

Oct 19, 2010, 9:19 AM

Is this a sick joke?

Really Palm? HP? Is this all you got? Basically rehash the original Pre with minimal changes... update the OS and call it a day?

In a world with iPhone 4's having retina displays, Droids and EVOs having 4.3 in screens. Phones with 4G. 8MP cameras and 720p video capture. People complaining about the Pre 1's cramped keyboard... This is a freaking JOKE... right?

RIP Palm. Even HP couldn't save you! much as im a fan of webOS...i would have to agree with this post...i felt the same way as i read this article... truly dissappointing...
i completely agree. when my upgrade was due in august, i seriously considered waiting it out to see what HP/Palm would release...glad i didn't hold my breath.

Oct 19, 2010, 1:59 PM

Why not Sprint?

This phone should've been released a year ago. I have absolutely no idea why what appears to be fairly modest upgrades took two full years.

What's most puzzling is why not Sprint? If I want to develop for anything resembling new Pre hardware I need to switch to Verizon? And as old as the Pre is, the Sprint Pre is even older.
Palm Pre on Sprint did not sell very well and you can blame it on the great job Sprint marketing team does. VZW marketing > Sprint marketing team. Since VZW advertise the crap out of the phones they really want to sell, then can put up some good num...
bluecoyote said:
This phone should've been released a year ago. I have absolutely no idea why what appears to be fairly modest upgrades took two full years.

What's most puzzling is why not Sprint? If I want to develop for anyth
gringo zona norte

Oct 19, 2010, 2:07 PM


It will support Verizon's mobile hotspot feature, allowing up to five other devices to tether via Wi-Fi.

does it have a cost?
Yes, it will most likely be similar to the Droid offerings:

$20 for 2gb of data

Oct 19, 2010, 7:12 PM


My take is that this is just going to be their low tier phone, wait until CES in January that's when they're coming with something big. This is just to show off their WebOS 2.0 which is looking very nice. I'm personally waiting for January to see what's next. Wink

Oct 19, 2010, 9:26 AM


Bye HPalm. Better off some other company buy you again so they can release better phones.
So, I'v noticed you bash on Blackberry, and now Palm. What do you have?
I gotta agree with you there... Reading the specs on the phone is just kinda sad. Im sure the phone will be fine, but why buy this when you can get a more powerful phone for the same price. Hell, by the description it doesn't really change much from t...
Agreed. I am unimpressed by this announcement. Its practically the same as the original Pre aside from higher res screen and camera and a bit faster processor. I was excited when the first Pre came out and when I got it a week after it came out. This ...
flip mode

Oct 19, 2010, 11:18 AM

Good Job HP...

what's next for Palm Pre 3...360x240? maybe a cool wallpaper? DOA!

Oct 19, 2010, 10:55 AM


R.I.P. Palm 1992-2010

Oct 19, 2010, 9:01 AM

Important questions

1. How is the GPS? Has it been fixed since the original Pre? Or is it still flaky? Is there Google Maps and Navigation for the Pre?

2. When will it be available?

3. What would be a contract and non-contract pricing?
I wish they would of changed the slide out keyboard by 90 degrees and made the screen 3.5 inch instead of the same size.

Sigh, though glad the OS is updated but still not going to get another one.
4. Also, I would assume that this time around the mobile hotspot feature will be a paid thing, much like the Droids. However, would a Palm Pre or Pixi owner who has it for free be grandfathered in with an upgrade?
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