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Palm and webOS Reviews

Note: On August 18, 2011, HP announced that they are discontinuing all webOS hardware.

Web OS Phones

HP Veer 4G One of the smallest smartphones on the planet, the diminutive Veer weighs just 3.6 ounces and will fit in a tiny jeans pocket. It looks like a miniature Palm Pre Plus and does all the same things the Pre does too. Though usability suffers when you shrink a phone this much, the Veer could appeal to those upgrading from features phones and those who despise behemoth smartphones. The Veer 4G runs webOS 2.12 on an 800MHz CPU and it has 4G HSPA. Other goodies include WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, a GPS and 5 megapixel camera. AT&T May 2011 HP Veer 4G review
Palm Pixi Plus The third time around is a charm, and the Pixi Plus on AT&T is the best Pixi yet from Palm. It's features are identical to the Pixi Plus on Verizon, but it's a bit more responsive thanks to Palm's continued tweaks and improvements. The Pixi Plus is a great starter smartphone that's fun and easy to use, yet powerful. And if you're upgrading from a Palm Centro or an older Windows Mobile QWERTY bar phone it's worth a good look too. Features include a capacitive multi-touch display, an excellent web browser with pinch zoom, WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS and 8 gigs of storage.
AT&T
June 2010
Palm Pixi Plus review
Palm Pre Plus The third time around, the Palm Pre is really hitting its stride. The Pre Plus on AT&T, like the Verizon version, features 16 gigs of storage and double the RAM of the Pre on Sprint. With a 3.1" capacitive multi-touch display, a fresh yet maturing webOS, full multi-tasking and a growing app catalog, this Palm breathes life into AT&T's ailing smartphone touch screen line. Other features include an improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a GPS that works with Google Maps and AT&T Navigator, 3G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and a solid camera that can shoot VGA video. Well worth a look if the iPhone doesn't float your boat. Heck, it's worth a look even if it does.
AT&T
May 2010
Palm Pre Plus review
Palm Pixi Plus Palm's second webOS smartphone is available now on Verizon as well as Sprint. The Pixi Plus at first glance looks like a reborn Palm Centro with it's QWERTY bar design and tiny rubbery keys. But it runs the thoroughly modern webOS and features a capacitive multi-touch display just like its big brother the Palm Pre. The Pixi Plus costs less than the Pre but it has some good specs including a 600MHz CPU, a GPS, EV-DO Rev. A and 8 gigs of flash storage. It has WiFi, unlike the Sprint version, and it offers the same great cloud syncing to Exchange, Facebook and Google as the Pre.
Verizon
Jan. 2010
Palm Pixi review
Palm Pixi Palm's second webOS smartphone is available now on Sprint. The Pixi at first glance looks like a reborn Palm Centro with it's QWERTY bar design and tiny rubbery keys. But it runs the thoroughly modern webOS and features a capacitive multi-touch display just like its big brother the Palm Pre. The Pixi costs less than the Pre but it has some good specs including a 600MHz CPU, a GPS, EV-DO Rev. A and 8 gigs of flash storage. It comes with Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation and the rest of Sprint's services and it offers the same great cloud syncing to Exchange, Facebook and Google as the Pre. But is it worth saving $50 to get the Pixi instead of the Pre? Read our review to find out.
Sprint
Dec. 2009
Palm Pixi review
Palm Pre Palm's back, and in a big way with the Palm Pre, their first Web OS phone. The Pre has all the design queues of an iPhone challenger with its capacitive touch screen, super-fun user interface and iPod masquerading feature for iTunes syncing. Happily, the Pre is up to the job and is as fresh, easy to use and fraught with possibility as was the iPhone when it came out. The Pre is currently exclusive to Sprint in the US, and it features EVDO Rev. A for fast data, a GPS, 3 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, email with MS Exchange support, Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation and more.
Sprint
June 2009
Palm Pre review
Palm Pre Plus The Pre comes to Verizon as the "Plus" version with 16 gigs of storage vs. the Sprint version's 8 gigs. Otherwise, they're largely the same. The Pre Plus has a 3.1" capacitive touch screen, super-fun user interface and iPod masquerading feature for iTunes syncing. The Pre is features EVDO Rev. A for fast data, a GPS, 3 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, email with MS Exchange support, VZ Navigator, a YouTube player, Google Maps and more.
Verizon
Jan. 2010
Palm Pre review

 

HP webOS Tablets

HP TouchPad The first webOS tablet features a 9.7" IPS touchscreen running at 1024 x 768 and webOS 3.0. It has a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 or 32 gigs of storage. A very user-friendly tablet that's fun to use. It has a capable web browser with Adobe Flash, a solid email client and Synergy for account integration.
July 2011
HP TouchPad review

 

Palm OS Smartphone Models

Palm Centro (AT&T) The Centro is back, this time for AT&T Wireless. We reviewed the Centro on Sprint's network last Fall and now AT&T is offering the GSM version for the same low $99. This makes the Centro the most affordable touch screen PDA phone on AT&T's network, and like Sprint, they're hoping that first time smartphone buyers will be attracted by the price and hop looks. The Centro runs Palm OS and it has a QWERTY keyboard that's ready for texting and email, including push email. It has a 320 x 320 color display, Bluetooth, a 312MHz processor and a microSD card slot.
Feb. 2008
Palm Centro review
Palm Centro (Sprint) Palm and Sprint are trying to start a quiet revolution: the first PDA phone with a touch screen to launch at $99. The Centro can handle most tasks its big brother the Treo 755p can, but it's slimmed down and more plastic-y (we aren't complaining about the slimming). The QWERTY keyboard is miniscule yet surprisingly usable and the 320 x 320 2.2" display is easy to read. This Palm OS device has EVDO for fast data, Bluetooth and a 1.3MP phone. It targets first time smartphone buyers, so there's no GPS, WiFi-- just a strong core of basics including strong PIM apps, an HTML web browser, email and MS Office doc support. Not bad for the price.
Oct. 2007
Palm Centro review

 

Treo Smartphones

Palm Treo Pro for Sprint The Treo Pro has finally made it to a US carrier: Sprint. This Windows Mobile 6.1 touch screen phone is the first to come with Internet Explorer Mobile 6 with Flash Lite support. It features a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 320 x 320 pixel display, a 528MHz CPU and 512 megs of flash storage. The Treo Pro has WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP support and EVDO Rev. A for fast data over Sprint's network. It's got a good GPS and Sprint Navigation to keep you on the right track and a 2 megapixel camera.
March 2009
Treo Pro for Sprint
Treo 800w It's been almost 2 years since the Treo 700wx came out on Sprint, and now we have its thoroughly modern replacement: the Treo 800w. This is the first Treo to sport the big four: GPS WiFi, EVDO Rev. A and Bluetooth. Looking like an old school Treo mixed with a dash of Centro, the 5 ounce 800w has come down in size while maintaining that excellent Palm keyboard. This Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone has a 320 x 320 display, a 2 megapixel camera, microSD card slot and a 333MHz processor with plenty of memory behind it.
July 2008
Treo 800w review
Palm Treo 750The latest Windows Mobile Treo Pocket PC Phone gets a lot of love from us. Palm has done more than warm over a Treo 700: this GSM Cingular phone went on a diet, lost the external antenna and gained an improved camera and Bluetooth. Palm's customizations of Windows Mobile and the front-facing QWERTY keyboard make the Treo 750 a breeze to use one-handed. The 300MHz processor, ample RAM and ATI graphics accelerator keep it humming along nicely and 3G plus AKU 3.2 keep the emails flowing in nicely.
Jan. 2007
Treo 750 review
Palm Treo 680 The "affordable" Treo sells for $199 through Cingular and $399 unlocked for use with any GSM carrier direct from Palm. The Treo 680 sports a sleeker, antenna-less design but inside closely resembles the Treo 650. It's a quad band GSM phone with full Palm PDA features. It has EDGE for data, an SD expansion slot, VGA camera and Bluetooth 1.2 with better range than the Treo 650.
Nov. 2006
Treo 680 review
Palm Treo 700wx Though Verizon had an eight month exclusive on the first Windows Mobile Treo, Sprint makes it worth the wait by doubling memory (much needed) and including both DUN and push email support out of the box. The Treo 700wx runs Windows Mobile 5.1 on a 312MHz processor with 64 megs of RAM and 60 megs of available flash ROM. It has Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel camera and EVDO (Sprint's Power Vision) for fast data. Well worth a serious look if you've been hankering for a Windows Mobile Treo.
Sept. 2006
Treo 700wx review
Treo 755p The Palm OS Treo from Sprint gets a makeover. Sporting the Treo 680 and Treo 750's new design, the smaller, curvier Treo 755p is a welcome update to the Treo 700p. The improvements are more than skin deep with stronger Bluetooth, improved voice quality and better pictures from the 1.3 megapixel camera. The Treo 755p runs Palm OS 5 (Garnet) and is a CDMA phone with EVDO for Sprint. It has a 320 x 320 pixel display, Bluetooth 1.2. MiniSD card slot and a higher capacity battery than the Treo 680 and 750.
May 2006
Treo 755p review
Palm Treo 700p This update to the super-popular Treo 650 is currently available from Sprint and Verizon in the US. It has an integrated QWERTY thumb keyboard, 320 x 320 display, EVDO for high speed data, 60 megs of available memory and a responsive 312MHz Intel XScale processor. It's got a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth and the usual great Treo usability.
July 2006
Treo 700p review
Palm Treo 650 The most popular Palm OS smartphone just got better. The Treo 650 adds a slew of improvements to the very popular Treo 600. It offers a fast XScale processor, Bluetooth, a gorgeous 320 x 320 transflective color display and great phone ergonomics. Let's not forget that handy thumb keyboard, a sharper camera and Sprint's fast data service. The device in both CDMA and GSM versions in the US. Currently offered by Sprint, Cingular / AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the US. An unlocked GSM version is also available for use with any GSM carrier. Editor's Choice 2005
Dec. 2005 to May 2005
Treo 650

 

 

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