NY Times David Pogue Reviews the Palm Pre

David Pogue, NY Times tech columist, has reviewed the Palm Pre and his review has leaked ahead of its appearance in the NY Times. The review, “Palm’s credible challenge to the iPhone“, is available on mydigitalfc and the review is mostly positive.

The Pre, which goes on sale first in the United States on Saturday and sometime in the second half of 2009 in Europe, is an elegant, joyous, multitouch smartphone that seems intended to be ‘‘iPhone, remixed.’’

Pogue takes issue with the speed of opening certain programs claiming some take “8 or 9 seconds and there is no progress bar or hourglass to let you know it’s still working“. It seems clear from Pogue’s summary that the positives clearly outweigh the negatives when it comes to the Palm Pre.

So do the Pre’s perks (beautiful hardware and software, compact size, keyboard, swappable battery, flash, multitasking, calendar consolidation) outweigh its weak spots (battery life, slow program opening, ringer volume, Sprint network)? Oh, yes indeedy.

So, does Pogue’s review affect your purchase decision either way?  Let us know in the comments and be sure to submit your review on Saturday or whenever you get your Palm Pre.

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