Andy Ihnatko reviews the Palm Pre – “WebOS isn’t terribly elegant”

Fri, Jun 12, 2009


Andy Ihnatko on the Palm Pre:

Yesterday, I led off my thoughts about the Palm Pre (available right now from Sprint for $199 with contract). The takeaways: I think the keyboard is horrible and the user interface of Palm’s new WebOS isn’t terribly elegant. In places, it’s actively clumsy and confusing. Palm has a lot of work ahead of them to before the Pre will be called up from AAA ball and play in the big leagues alongside iPhones, Blackberries, and Google Phones.

Wow, for a while there I thought I was on crazy pills a’la Will Ferell in Zoolander when it came to Palm’s WebOS.  After playing with the Pre for a few hours, I didn’t come away thinking that the OS was as intuitive or as sexy as everyone else kept making it out to be.  I sort of attributed it to some subconcious Apple bias taking hold of me.  Meanwhile, some sites like Engadget boldly claimed that the Pre’s OS was arguably more slick than the iPhone’s.  I had no idea what was going on,  but alas, Ihnatko has made me sane again.

You can check out Ihnatko’s full review of the Pre at the Chicago Sun-Times over here.



4 Comments For This Post

  1. CHINGON Says:

    What a douchebag!!! This is more iCrap Fanboism!!!
    When are this Aholes going to get that there are more options than iCrap???
    And even better at some stuff!!!
    Oh well, like I said before: What a douchebag!!!

  2. Sam Says:

    What a dip shit. You have no idea what you’re talking about. The Pre kills it in usability. It has it over the iPhone in many ways.

  3. Justin Says:

    He’s not the only one that has said the the iphone is more intuitive than the pre. Is it really impossible to state a preference to one phone OS over another without being insulted? Really. If you don’t agree than you don’t agree. Doesn’t make the author a “douchebag”

    On that note I would love to see the palm pre do well but it will have a ton of work to do to catch up to the already sky high sales of the iphone. And since it is only on version 1 while the iphone is moving onto it’s 3rd OS version it will definitely be lacking in some areas that apple has already fixed.

  4. Andy Lee Says:

    I was underwhelmed too, and similarly surprised that it didn’t meet my expectations. I still think the Pre UI is worth playing with more to see if I can warm to the feel of it, just in case it’s a matter of me not being used to something new.

    Oh, and ignore the trolls.

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