Pre lands on "Best of 2009" lists galore
Obviously we’re going to be the types to tell you that the Palm Pre is one of - if not the - best smartphones of 2009. This is PreCentral, after all. But we’re not alone in out praise of the first webOS phone, as it has landed on several of those year-end “best of” lists that every website is obligated to put out. Since we only have two phones to choose from, our best webOS smartphones of 2009 list would be awfully short, so instead we’re going to give you an overview of how the Pre has landed on best of lists elsewhere on the web. We've got the round-up, waiting for you after the break.
Brian Lam, Gizmodo: “We like the iPhone, the Motorola Droid because it runs Android 2.0 operating system, and the Palm Pre for people who have stuck with Sprint. We do not like anything Symbian or Windows Mobile 6.5, for the time being. (But are excited for Windows Mobile 7.)”
David Pogue, New York Times: “Palm’s latest app phones, the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi, offer a software trick that’s satisfying both in concept and execution: it consolidates the different sources of your life’s information... Simple is a good thing; we like simple.”
Edward C. Baig, USA Today: “For a time early in 2009 the Palm Pre from Sprint was the most anticipated new pocket computer since Apple's iPhone - it was the product to keep beleaguered Palm in the game.”
Ernest Doku, Omio: “The combination of cute pebble-shaped design, slide-out Qwerty keyboard and the debut of Palm's smooth new ‘Web OS’ operating system makes the Pre a worthy alternative to Apple’s iPhone.”
Ginny Miles, PC World: “The Pre's webOS software is touch-friendly and fun, but the cramped QWERTY keyboard detracts from the phone's usability.”
Harry McCracken, Fox News: “Palm bravely scrapped the old software that powered landmark gadgets such as its PalmPilot PDAs and Treo smartphones and built WebOS, a highly original new operating system that's fast and fun to use, with one of the best mobile Web browsers yet.”
Jason Notte, The Street.com: “With Wi-fi, Bluetooth, an airplane mode, Microsoft and Mac compatibility and voice quality that reminds you it's a phone, why didn't user excitement soar with Palm's stock price this year?”
Lance Ulanoff, PC Magazine: “I think 2009's action was sparked by the remarkable Palm Pre. Palm produced the best product rollout I have ever seen. Every single journalist I spoke to at the event was wowed, and we all wanted one.”
Liane Cassavoy, About.com: “The webOS software is fun to use (I love tossing apps off the screen to close them) and offers some impressive features, like true multi-tasking, so you can get more done. And it does so in the Pre's cool curved slider-style handset.”
Linsey Fryatt, Fonehome: “Biggest surprise - Palm Pre: We were practically reading Palm’s death rites when out of nowhere it produced the stunning Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It was the definition of ’stealing the show’.”
Marin Perez, Information Week: “Expectations weren't very high when Palm said it would announce a new OS and smartphone during January's Consumer Electronics Show, but the company wowed the press with the introduction of webOS and the Palm Pre.”
Michelle Maisto, eWeek: “The June arrival of the Pre started a new chapter for Palm. Designed by an ex-Apple team, the Pre was touted as being everything the iPhone is, plus having the one thing it lacks: a physical keyboard.”
webOS also made eWeek’s top products list (the only OS, mobile or otherwise, on the list): “The Palm webOS is a thoughtful and well-designed mobile platform.”
Strangely, eWeek also included the Pre on their ‘10 Products That Must Be Killed in 2010’ list...
PC Magazine: “The Pre is the start of something genuinely new: Palm's webOS, an innovative operating system that's benefited a lot by what the company has learned from Apple's smartphone successes.”
Popular Mechanics: “The Palm Pre’s features read like a gadget geek’s wish list: optional inductive charging, a full keyboard, the ability to sync with iTunes—and it can run multiple applications at once. Sometimes more is more.”
Wireless and Mobile News: “Announced at CES, last year, the Palm Pre has almost physic-social networking and calendaring features. The Palm Pre received good reviews, and was called the “sexiest phone since the iPhone.” ”
UPDATE: Some late Engadget lists honored the Pre as well...
Michael Gartenberg, Engadget: "At this point last year many had written Palm off entirely. Instead of fading away, Palm came back on strong with webOS, a new way of integrating diverse content called Synergy and two devices launched across the globe. Along the way, the Pre garnered much mindshare from consumers, and Palm showed that you don't need to clone the iPhone to drive the state of the art forward."
Ross Rubin, Engadget: " "Phone So Good It's Smart" ... The hardware still needs to match the software with larger screens and a faster processor, but in many ways webOS feels like what the iPhone OS wants to be when it grows up."
Engadget's Top Posts, 2009: Engadget's Palm Pre guide was their #7 most-trafficked post of the year, while the Palm Pre review clocked in at #11, and their live coverage of Palm's CES 2009 event landed the #20 spot (PreCentral will be at CES 2010 next week to cover Palm's presentation for this year).