The modestly named but always informative Boy Genius Report (aka BGR) has the first review on the soon to be released (like June 6 through Sprint) Palm Pre. BGR’s review is a mixed bag. BGR is high on the screen (almost as good as the iPhone’s), but down on the keyboard, but enthusiastic about the size (in terms of fit in your hand and pocket), but somewhat down on the build quality, but sees potential in the WebOS. BGR’s conclusion:
“The OS is great. There’s no ifs ands or buts; it’s really refreshing to see something that’s brand new with a UI unlike anything else out there. The only problem with this is, Palm’s never been a hardware company that anyone’s really cared about. They have been the furthest thing from innovative since circa-2003 — their hardware has always been second rate at best and it doesn’t seem to be changing now. Couple that with the nation’s underdog carrier at a $299 price-point (before rebate), and we’re not how many people are going to be lined up overnight, yet we’re pretty confident once people are able to play a real unit themselves, there will be more than a lot of happy Palm Pre customers.”
BGR’s prediction: “Once the initial Pre launch is over and done with and all the hype, smoke and mirrors are clear though, we can see Palm being pretty successful moving forward. Hell, Palm has converted tons of people into raging Pre fanboys before they could even see the phone in person! Very Apple-esque. More carriers will get the Pre, more handsets will be released and WebOS could very well keep things interesting even if the hardware is lacking.”
We’ll see. It will be interesting to see how the Pre plays out.