Palm Pixi Plus Review– Small display and keyboard
Sum and Substance
Good compact design, simplified process of video editing and recording, lots of benefits through WebOS, other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and Bluetooth
Slow processor, tiny keyboard and display, AT&T’s Hotspot Mobile utility doesn’t work here
Inside the Trunk:
Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Phone design: Candy bar
Caller ID: Yes
Other features: Camera, 3.5 mm headphones jack, GPRS, AGPS
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
Palm Pixi Plus weighs 3.8 oz and is 2.16 inches wide, 4.37 inches high and 0.43 inch deep. Features on the phone include speaker phone, voice recorder, call timer, vibrating alert, caller ID, call conference capability, and polyphonic ringer. Options for wireless interface include IEEE 802.11b/g and Bluetooth. The phone also has support for USB, GPRS, EDGE and AGPS. The mobile runs on Palm webOS. Internal memory is 8 GB of which 7 GB is available to the user.
There are a couple of IMs preloaded on the device like Yahoo! And AIM. Supported protocols for email are POP3 and IMAP4. Messaging/data features include Multimedia messages, E-mail, Text messages and Instant messages. Supported formats for video are H.264, H.263 video, AMR audio and MPEG-4. The screen is 2.63 inches big and has a resolution of 400×320 pixels. The display has 262k color support. Supported formats for audio include AAC, MP3, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, and AMR. Connectors include a 3.5 mm jack for headphones and the USB connector. The phone has rated talk time of 330 minutes and the standby time is about 350 minutes.
Palm Pixi Plus is 0.43 inch thick, 2.17 inches wide, 4.37 inches tall and weighs about 3.26 ounces. The device cuddles nicely in the hand because of the small size. The phone is available in blue and black versions. The blue model can be purchased online only.
Palm Pre Plus finally has a companion for AT&T with the Palm Pixi Plus. This small device does not have lots of power just like Verizon’s version. The feature set is quite nice and the price of this product is $49.99. You have to sign a two years service agreement and this phone is geared more towards people who are using smartphone for the first time. The device is small so it fits in your pocket and hand quite easily. There are a few trade offs though. For instance, the touch screen is trimmed down to 2.63 inches which is really small as compared to what we have these days. You will struggle a bit to view Web pages and the text content on this display. On the bright side, the phone supports pinch to zoom feature so this will help a bit. The keyboard of the Palm Pixi Plus is a bit cramped and you will need some time to get used to it.
The phone comes with reference manual, USB cord, and AC charger. There is no Touchstone dock offered with the phone so you will have to buy it separately. For Palm Pre Plus, this was a free offering. This phone is made especially for people who are using a smartphone for the first time but this doesn’t mean that vital smartphone features are sacrificed in order to keep the price low. The phone runs on WebOS 1.4 so you get all the latest goodies of the OS including editing and recording of video. Other offerings of this OS like Deck of Cards multitasking are also there.
Palm Pixi Plus has lots of productivity and PIM apps. This includes MS Office document viewer, PDF reader, memo pad, task list, alarm clock, standard clock and calculator. If you want more apps, check out the Palm App Catalog but don’t expect it to be as good as Android Market or iTunes App Store in terms of interface. But still, looking for the things that you want is quite easy. For storing your photos, videos and other such files, there is eight GB of internal memory out of which seven GB is available for you.
AT&T’s version of Palm Pixi Plus comes with UMTS radio and the handset also supports the variety of AT&T services like Yellow Pages Mobile and also the AT&T Navigator. AT&T’s hot spots can also be accessed. Other features on this phone include a two megapixel camera, Amazon MP3 store access, YouTube player, music player and Bluetooth 2.1. Picture quality of the camera is pretty mediocre. The objects in the stills are clear but the quality suffers due to a grayish tone. Video quality is good and editing videos is easy. We saw a popping noise when we started any videos. This is kinda strange.
Palm Pixi Plus was tested for call quality and it had its own share of ups and downs. Calls were fine and there wasn’t much background noise. The volume too was loud enough but on the other sides, our friends had a miserable time. They saw echoes and volume was too low. They also said that we sounded muffled. We tried calling from different places. This improved the quality a bit but our friends constantly complained of hissing in the background. For Bluetooth calls, we paired this phone with a couple of headsets and here, the quality was excellent. But this depends on what Bluetooth you are using.
The phone runs on 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 processor and this is not the fastest chip in the mobile market at the moment. Multitasking speed is OK but you might get a bit frustrated occasionally because the applications take a while to load. We didn’t have any issues with performance while testing.
Palm Pixi Plus is powered by 1,150 mAh lithium ion battery and it has a rated talk time of 5.5 hours. Standby time is 14.5 days. We got this phone in our labs just two days ago and have not conducted battery drain tests yet. But we will do it soon and update this section as soon as possible.
This is made for first time smartphone buyers. It has some cool features so don’t think twice if you are looking for an entry level smartphone.