Palm Pixi Plus budget smartphone
Review Following on from its Pre revamp which saw the Palm brand reinvented for the 21st Century, two recent releases have seen the brand expand with the Palm Pre Plus slider and the slimline Palm Pixi Plus. The less expensive Pixi Plus is the slimmed down in body and spec version though it still manages to cram in a Qwerty keyboard, HSDPA, social networking, GPS and a 2Mp camera.
Fairytale beginning: Palm's Pixi Plus
The Palm Pixi Plus is a lightweight little sliver at 112 x 56 x 11mm and 94g clad in a thin rubbery cover which pops off when you pull the sides. The 2.6in LCD touchscreen sits above a full Qwerty keypad made of those odd, tiny, see-through rubbery plastic buttons.
While these keys take a bit of getting used to – and you'll probably need your thumbnail to operate them – they're distinct enough to make finding the right one easy, even though it’s unlikely you’ll be hitting any top texting speeds.
Between the 35-key keyboard and screen is a touch sensitive strip that acts as a back, home and minimise button, depending on whether you slide it or press it. Around the sides are volume rocker, mute switch, and power/sync slot covered by a flap on the back cover. On the top is a power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Only a 2Mp snapper
It's safe to say that the interface on Palm's webOS operating system is unlike anything else out there and I like the intuitive way functions can be shown as windows that you can flick between, or flick up to cancel.
I never quite managed to get a full day
I'm sorry, but it doesn't matter how nice the phone is, 18 hours is the bare minimum for a phone to be useful. Last time I used a pre, battery flat by 2pm - what use is that?
Switched my wife from a palm pre to a blackberry - she still can't get used to not carrying a charger. I get 3-4 days use from mine.
WebOS is great, just needs a proper phone.
good phone for the money
For the money it is a good little phone with an easy, intuitive OS... a joy to mess about with. For the average smartphone user it does all thats needed but may be a bit twee for some power users. As far as I am concerned for £100 it does everything, and a bit more... battery lasts about a day but seeing as I am never away from a power socket for longer is this really a hardship? And I have yet to notice it being particularly slow, or having any real lag issues..
Nice and rugged
I have to say that as a clumsy oaf, I like the fact that the pixi can take a beating. I can't say how many times it's slipped out of my shirt pocket, been sat on and the countless counter height falls on to concrete flooring. Mine has even been for a quick dip in the cat's water dish some time ago and still works fine. I do wonder why Palm and now HP don't point out these strengths over the new Apple iP4. Mega marketing failure.
"WebOS is great, just needs a proper phone."
Great phone. Works well. Isn't that slow at all. Best thing - call quaility which is superb. Worst thing - battery only just lasts a day. Webos is nice. For £100 if you can stand the poor battery then the phone is a bargain