04/21/2011, 02:22 AM
My camera focuses weird. I know. And the pictures aren't really in any order, they just break up paragraphs.
I have had a Pre Plus since September 2010. While I prefer WebOS over IOS, the build quality wasn't that great. 7 months and 7 replacements later, the Verizon representative finally took pity on me and replaced my Pre Plus with a brand new Pre 2.
First, let's review the packaging like every other review you've seen. I prefer the Pre Plus' packaging over the Pre 2's, but honestly, who really cares? Here's a side-by-side pic.
A lot of reviewers miss the part where they need to compare the quality of the phones. The back half of the Pre 2 feels the same exact way as the Pre Plus. The front half feels much nicer with soft touch plastic and smooth glass. Although the Pre Plus is glossier, the plastic is always warped-looking from the factory, especially if you look around the mic in the sun. The Pre 2's glass screen is perfectly smooth, no warped look, perfect fitment. Much nicer to touch.
The Pre Plus and Pre 2 look Identical from the back. Even when the battery cover is off, the only way to tell them apart is the Pre Plus has an extra sticker.
All of my Pre Plus' have had their mirror scratched by the slider. My Pre 2 is no exception. I have only had it for hours (under heavy texting) and the flat black piece above the mirror is already scratched because of the slider. Disappointing, but no problem as long as it doesn't ever start to Oreo. On my device, the slider also seems to stay down when it's down; it takes more pressure to get it to start moving than the Pre Plus'. I like the way the Pre Plus' slider works more, but now the slider won't go up if I'm scrolling down a page, pushing my finger upward. The Pre 2 also has a creak in the battery cover, but that's really no big deal, just a slight peeve.
From the time you turn the Pre 2 on, you realize it does everything the Pre Plus does, but better and faster. Much faster. As fast as iPhone 4's have been when I used them. The screen looks higher under the glass quality and the gesture LED is brighter. Everything is flowy and instantaneous, whether it's the phone, internet, mail, or Facebook. I haven't had it freeze on me yet. Basically, if you have a Pre or Pre Plus, imagine it doing everything it does (except browsing the web), except in 1/10 the time.
Finally, in case anyone was wondering hat happened to the Pre Plus in the pictures, it had an issue with the antennas that couldn't be resolved. It simply would not get service anywhere, any time.