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Palm Pixi Plus Review & Image Gallery 24

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 21 Jan 2010 9:35 pm EST

It's been just over two months since the original Palm Pixi landed on Sprint and already we have the Palm Pixi Plus hitting Verizon: January 25th, $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. We've already thoroughly reviewed the original Palm Pixi and so strongly recommend you check that out - what we're 'reviewing' here are the differences.

Read on for those and for a gallery of hot hot Palm Pixi Plus action!

Palm Pixi Plus in 10 minutes

If you're brand new to webOS, take a quick look at what's in store for you. The majority of the time is spent on the Pre, but pretty much all of it applies to the Pixi (with the exception of 3D Gaming)

What's New with the Pixi Plus

Here's what's different between the Sprint Palm Pixi and the Verizon Palm Pixi Plus

  1. The Pixi Plus has WiFi
  2. The Pixi Plus is exclusive to Verizon
  3. 1 + 2 = Mobile Hotspot

To the first point: WiFi on the Pixi Plus is awesome. It turns your phone into a little WiFi router so you can share your Verizon internet connection with up to five computers simply by using WiFi. There's no configuration software, no muss, no fuss. You do need to pony up for a $40/month plan, but that's $20 less than what Verizon charges for a straight Mobile Broadband plan, so it's not too terrible. We cover more on how Mobile Hotspot works in our Palm Pre Plus Review.

Another reason WiFi is so nice on the Pixi is that, like on the Pre, you can turn it on or off no matter where you are in the operating system - it's always there in the upper right hand menu.

Next up: the Pixi Plus is on Verizon and Verizon only (for now). What does that mean: reliable service and very good voice quality. It also means you're paying a bit more per month than other carriers charge. On the other hand, [Verizon is offering the Pixi Plus as a Buy One, Get One option, so you could potentially be saving some money up front.

What's Coming for the Pixi Plus

Once you get the hang of Synergy, Universal Search, and Multitasking, you might ask what's next. What's next is webOS 1.4. It should arrive in February and it will get pushed out to your Pixi Plus over the air, automatically. It will add a bunch of new features like video recording, a Beta for Flash in the browser, better battery life, and more speed.

What's the difference between the Pixi Plus and the Pre Plus?

There are a few important differences and honestly, if you can spare the extra $50, we recommend that most users upgrade to the Pre. We do think that the Pixi is an excellent phone, but you get quite a bit more with the Pre Plus.

  1. Better games. Since the Pre Plus has a faster processor, you're able to download and play better 3D games like Let's Golf and Sims 3.
  2. Faster overall, with more Multitasking. Since the Pre has a faster processor and more program memory, you can run more apps at once than you can on the Pixi.
  3. Bigger, brighter screen. This one isn't so important, as the screen on the Pixi is plenty readable and usable for most people, but we figured we'd mention it.

On the Pixi Plus, you're going to top out at no more than 8 or 10 open apps. That's plenty for anybody, in our opinion, but some people do want more (like 50 more).

Wrapping Up

The Palm Pixi Plus is marketed as "First smartphone" or a "Starter Smartphone." I don't find that moniker especially fair, as the Pixi Plus is as capable as the large majority of other smartphones out there. It compares well against the BlackBerry lineup and even the Android lineup in my opinion. Still, you can't get around the fact that it's less powerful than the Pre Plus and so if you are expecting you'll be using your phone heavily, seriously consider springing for the Pre.

Palm Pixi Plus Image Gallery

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If the pixi had a better camera (read: higher Mpixels) and didn't have the "lag" issues, I'd be all over it instead of the pre.

I'm a pre fan myself...but the pixi is neat. I just want the pre plus or even better to come to sprint...soon!

I do not know whether the author was writing about the credibility, but I really use this cell phone to play Gaia Online on the bus!

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Anyone know where I can see some video of the Pixi Plus in operation switching cards, etc? The new review (Awesome! Thanks Dieter) video of both Plus devices does show the Pixi turned on but excludes showing how fast it switches cards, etc. I'd like to see that. We are told it is slower. How much slower? I am considering the Verizon BOGO offer.

I really like the form factor of the Pixi and it sounds like the keyboard is a winner. However The things they'd need to change to convince me to buy one are:

- Same screen resolution as the Pre, ie: 320x480.
- Brighter screen like the Pre
- Better camera quality (again like the Pre!)
- I don't like the lack of colour on the keyboard - the orange colouring of the original Pre looks great and helps differentiate the numbers/symbols. Why did they remove this?

Basically I would buy a Pre(plus) instead....

No mention of Touchstone back out of the box like the Pre+ from Verizon. Does it or doesn't it? If it doesn't, isn't that another difference between the Pre+ and Pixi+ from Verizon?

It comes with a Touchstone back out of the box, but only in black, or at least that's my understanding: I don't actually own a Touchstone so I can't speak from personal experience with my Pixi Plus.

Now would be a good time to remove the "NEW" sticker on the image of the Pixi in the precentral.net store images on the top right of this page, don't you think? :-)

Maybe it would be better to remove it once the new phones are actually out for consumers. :)

Gotta love how short the (re)design/produce/sell cycle seems to be. The last model is still being touted as New! just as the next one is being put on sale. Looking forward to the next 3rd gen of Pre's real soon!

It is great to read just a few of the features. I hope to explore myself when it is in hand ;P
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it looks exactly like the pre
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What will happen if the phone company finds out that the homebrew has been opened on a phone? I would really like to for the themes when I get my new pixi plus here in a few day. If the phone updates and lets say verzion or sprint find out, what do they do? Fine you or something?

This looks like a good phone. I'd like to get one but what really bugs me is everything that you need to get with it. Car charger so you can bring it back to life on the road. An IWB holster so you can cart it around with you and not have it get damaged. And then there's the apps....

Sigh...looks like I'll just stay with my old Nokia.

I own one. It was free. I love it.

Hey guys this is a great phone - how did you manage to get one free?Kindle 3G wifi

It's an OK phone, not great, not horrible.

cons: The phone freezes up quite often, screen lags, camera is sub-par, and lacks power in the app department.

Pros: It has great graphics, looks great and call quality is good.

Overall, This is my second pixi (first one broke within 3 days and I had to have it replaced) I wouldn't have bought it if I knew the troubles I was going to have, but overall it isn't the worst phone I have ever owned.

Seriously when i see people talk about the pixi plus the worst thing i hear is they want a better camera..... does it matter? i mean the camera on my pixi plus takes great pictures not nearly as well as my 12.3 MP Nikon but that's why i bought the Nikon cause NO cell phone could stand up to it ..... yeah it handy to have a camera on your phone but if you gonna take any serious photos get a really camera as far as lag goes i have has almost no lag on my pixi plus i haven't overclocked it i own 2-3 3d games for it i have made calls while having nfs running in the background then opened the internet while in call just to look something up at the same time >_> had to use wi-fi since verizon is still cdma... but either way this phone is still really nice almost as good as the pre minus the camera issue why does a phone have to have all the extra hardware if it doesn't lag in the first place? thats like getting a quad core 16 gb ram dell then saying its not good enough.. i mean how much do people need? sorry for the rant i have been a member here for a very short time but all i see is people say the phone aren't good enough or we want better hardware but that not really what we need if we want palm to stay alive we need publicity

I have this phone and it is the best. I don't know why others don't agree.

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Wow. This sounds like a really fab phone. I love that the Pixi Plus has WiFi. In this age of information technology, this is a great feature.Schwinn 220 Recumbent Bike|Hoover f5914 900|Baby jogger city mini 2011