Mobility

Cracking Open the Palm Pre

In the box

The Palm Pre is the latest smartphone to create buzz in the marketplace. In partnership with iFixit and Phonewreck, TechRepublic presents this Cracking Open Photo Gallery. Let's see if the Palm Pre can really stand up to the iPhone.

Photo by iFixit, used by permission

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

18 comments
dfarrich
dfarrich

Now tell me, just how many out there could repair one of these things without a $5,000 rework station and a scanning electron beam microscope? Then all you'd have to do is get the parts assuming you knew what part was defective. Very interesting however seeing just how much engineers can cram into a tiny space. It never ceases to amaze me. I started my career in vacuum tubes and point to point hand wiring. True, I'm a dinosaur.

rleggat
rleggat

Can data and programs on the T/X be loaded on to the Pre?

TruckingFrog
TruckingFrog

Palm might be on the way of restoring my "faith" in them! Time will tell! :)

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I saw this in a commercial and I was really disappointed that the keyboard slid out the bottom. I would guess that this was so they wouldn't have the complexity of rotating the screen. My thoughts is that it looks a lot like a blackberry. I will be interested to see if this platform take off. Bill

darrylhadfield
darrylhadfield

Mr. TechRepublic Editor Guy.. would you PLEASE change the layout of these, so that the text and picture is in the top left? I'm on a laptop with a 14" screen, at 1280x800, and I have to scroll every time to read the text below the pictures, as well as see the whole picture.. not cool. Bad Layout. Evil, Naughty, Horrible layout. /rant.

vanhoy
vanhoy

Check your spelling!

yogi_bear_97
yogi_bear_97

So did it work when you put it back together? I all I really care about is; does it work? And does it do what it is supposed to do?

mofassir_haque
mofassir_haque

Excellent job done ! keep it up ! very useful ! Thanks ! -Mofassir

banzairunner
banzairunner

Good job tearing it apart. Put it back together and let's see it work.

larrytessari
larrytessari

My treo 700 let mje use categories to help organize contacts, tasks, etc. into groups. The Pre doesn't. This is a big disadvantage

rudy86_aguilar
rudy86_aguilar

this smartphone just looks perfect... i really like it

pcsnz
pcsnz

RE the mirror distortion...palm are smart enough to do a Hubble type modification a built in sort of lens to correct the effects of the curvature

bigduck
bigduck

So how big of a deal is it that there is no micro SD slot?

wizzardsblog
wizzardsblog

Looks good, did you manage to re-assemble without breaking anything?

peter.karpf
peter.karpf

I'm in full agreement, even with a desktop display. Please change the layout.

dcbrown
dcbrown

You need to be as meticulous in your communications skills as you are in your disassembly skills.