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Hands-On with the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus!

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 07 Jan 2010 5:44 pm EST


Just got finished with some hands-on time with the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. So far the verdict is: a better Pre and a better Pixi. No surprise that there are few physical changes to see here. The Pixi Plus, in fact, is identical to its Sprint cousin on the outside, differing only in that it has WiFi on the inside. As you can see in the gallery after the break, these new battery door colors are bright.

The Pre Plus, though, has nice touches all around. Palm pulled the center 'navigation' button and it makes for a much prettier device all around. The keyboard is also white and gray now instead of white and orange. To our fingers the keyboard on the Pre Plus feels slightly better than the original Pre. The keys are a little firmer, but unfortunately they don't have the awesome clickiness you get on the Pixi.

A quick look around the devices show that beyond the coming Video Recording and Hot Spot to Go tethering, the only new software we could track down was Verizon Navigator. Good to know that Pre Plus  and Pixi Plus owners on Verizon will be able to get their free turn-by-turn directions on.

The only X factor is the precise specs of both the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, processor and RAM-wise. We know that Palm doubled the memory and the storage space on the Pre Plus, but somebody also mentioned that the Pre Plus might have a slightly faster processor. Don't take that last as Bible truth, though, as we have yet to confirm.

Hands-on video soon!