Why I Overclock my Palm Pre (its easier than you think) [video] | webOS Nation

Why I Overclock my Palm Pre (its easier than you think) [video]

by Robert Werlinger Mon, 23 Aug 2010 2:21 pm EDT

Palm will of course tell you otherwise, but I that think if you have a little bit of time and inclination that you should absolutely go ahead and overclock your Pre and/or install a custom kernel into your Pixi.  More people would jump in and do it, but overclocking has a bit of a stigma to it that stems from the PC world where you have to be fairly knowledgeable about what you're doing or you run the real risk of damaging your hardware beyond repair.  

As the video just after the break demonstrates, it's no more difficult than installing a patch from Preware, the performance enhancements are vast, and the risk of damaging your phone is low.  

I do have a confession make first: I held off until after the webOS 1.4.5 update to hit Sprint before installing my first custom kernel, and I have to say that it's a shame I hadn't done it sooner.  To describe the performance improvements as drastic on my Sprint Pre would be an understatement. The annoying and all too frequent "too many cards" error is completely gone, the sluggish email app is about 85% less frustrating to use, and all of those PDK the latest update made available perform great.  Yes, it'll technically void your warranty, but this is how webOS should have performed from the beginning.

Sincerely folks, give it a shot.

Those new to the idea of "homebrew" should first check out our excellent getting started with homebrew guide, and those interested in learning more about the tools used in overclocking should check out these threads in the forums: