The Palm Pre as Provided by Sprint

I am writing this review as part of the curriculum for a class at Quinnipiac University titled, "Programming for the Web." With that said the focus of this review is more on applying HTML basics then actually writing a thorough review.


It seems like everyone has a smart phone these days. If someone doesn't have an iPhone they might possibly have a Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android, Palm, or a device with similar features. Since there's no clear definition of what actually defines a smart phone I'll use the Wikipedia definition. Basically a smart phone is a wireless mobile device that exhibits PC like functionality (web browser, email client, "apps", etc.) while still being able to make and receive voice calls. Some phones do individual things better than others such as their ability to browser the web, navigate the interface, play music, play videos, play games, and send email. The winners usually are able to do all these things well without sacrificing too much battery life and still remaining portable. I'll focus on the battery life for this brief review, the Palm pre.

Introducing the Palm Pre

The Palm Pre has covered all the bases when it comes to functionality. It can make calls, you can watch youtube, you can tweet, you can send email, you can text message, you can play games, you can get turn by turn directions, you can use it as a storage device like a usb drive, you can take pictures, and you can send pictures. I forgot to mention that you can also do several of these things at once.

Battery Life

I won't get bogged down on the specs of this phone although they are pretty decent. If you'd like to see them they are available in the Wikipedia article I've linked to this page. I'll focus my attention on any specs which I feel either make this phone stand out from the crowd positively or negatively. I'll get the most disapointing spec out of the way first. The Palm Pre's stock 1150mAh battery just doesn't cut it for a guy like me.

I wake up around 6:00AM and take the phone off the charger. I write several emails, text messages, browse the web, and talk over the course of an eight hour work day without charge. Of all these activities I probably talk the least and by 4:00PM when I get out of work I'm usually around 15% of the original charge. I will also classify my use as conservative as I remain conscious of the time I spend using the phone.

Luckily the battery is user replaceable meaning I can simply open the door and pop a different battery in the slot. This functionality has opened the door to consumer produced battery life management. I know some users who buy multiple stock batteries and some like myself who purchased an extended life battery rated at 2600mAh. The later method comes at the sacrifice of the original battery door and the slim profile. To quote a friend of mine, "That thing looks like a brick!" Yeah well it's 7:53PM and my phone is still at 71% charge! I'm not sure when an exceptable battery life is but it all depends on how close you are to an energy replacement source such as a charger or a replacement battery throughout the day. It's probably annoying for most users to change the battery since you have to pry the door off and also carry an extra battery around all day.

If you work or play away from an outlet all day the stock battery life I would say is not exceptable.

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