Palm Pre Review, Competition For The iPhone

Specifications & Box Contents

The Palm Pre is available from Sprint for $199.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and two-year contract on Sprint’s Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. Sprint stores, Best Buy, RadioShack, and some Wal-Mart stores currently sell the Palm Pre. For the time being, the Pre is only available through Sprint, although there has been talk of additional webOS devices for other carriers in the future. Here’s a closer look at the specifications of Sprint’s Palm Pre.


Operating system

Palm webOS

Network specs



3.1-inch touch screen with a 24-bit color 320x480 HVGA display


Slide-out QWERTY keyboard


Microsoft Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, etc)


Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS


Built-in GPS

Digital camera

3 megapixel camera with LED flash


Ambient light, accelerometer, and proximity

Media formats supported

Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video Formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
Image Formats: GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP

Wireless connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support


8GB (~7GB user available)
USB mass storage support


MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo

Palm Touchstone Charging Dock



Width: 2.3 inches (59.5mm)
Height: 3.9 inches (100.5mm)
Thickness: 0.67 inches (16.95mm)


4.76 ounces (135 grams)

Battery Information:

1150 mAh Standard

Talk Time:

Up to 5 hours of continuous talk time

The Palm Pre comes with the following:
  • Standard Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery
  • AC travel charger
  • Carrying pouch
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm stereo headset
  • Get Started guide
  • Features guide
  • Subscriber Agreement
  • User Guide

One of the most unique accessories for the Palm Pre is the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock, which magnetically holds your phone and charges it. The Touchstone Charging Kit starts at $69.99 when sold separately.

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