Hands-on with Verizon's Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

Hands-on with Verizon's Palm  Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

We were fortunate enough to receive the upcoming Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus for Verizon Wireless today, both of which officially go on sale January 25th. Official pricing with a 2-year contract will be $149.99 after a $100 rebate for the Pre Plus and $99.99 after $100 rebate for the Pixi Plus. Verizon will also be running a special from Jan 25-Feb 14 "Buy one Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus and receive a FREE Pixi Plus after rebate." The Unlimited Data plan will run you $29.99 per month, and you can also have the Pre Plus & Pixi Plus act as a 3G Mobile Hotspot with up to 5 other devices connected to it (similar to a MiFi), but that will cost $40 per month on top of your voice and unlimited data plan.

The Palm Pre Plus for Verizon looks pretty similar to the Palm Pre on Sprint, but there are been a few changes. The center-button below the screen has been replaced with a motion-light, the keyboard numbers are white instead of red, and the back of the slider now has a mirror finish so you can see yourself while using the camera. But the main difference with the Pre Plus is that it has 16GB of internal memory, where the original Pre was limited to only 8GB, though it is disappointing that neither come with a microSD memory card slot. The overall feel and construction of the device remains unchanged and is comfortable to hold. The capacitive touchscreen is quite accurate and easy to use, but still can't compare to the size and pixel resolution of the Motorola DROID or HTC Nexus One. The Palm Pre Plus comes with webOS installed, as well as Google Maps where you can display driving directions, thought it isn't turn-by-turn with voice prompts like on the Motorola DROID . For that, Verizon has included their VZ Navigator software ($10 monthly charge) , but we'd rather see the free (and better) Google Maps Navigation made avaliable. Naturally you can install other programs using the App Catalog. The QWERTY keyboard remains small and cramped, though slightly easier to use than the one on the Palm Pixi Plus.

Meanwhile, Verizon's Palm Pixi Plus is only different from the Sprint version in that it comes with Wi-Fi. Internal memory is still limited to 8GB and there isn't a memory card slot. Both the Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus come with webOS and have the same apps installed, including Google Maps, VZ Navigator, Doc Viewer and PDF Viewer. The only real advantage the Pixi Plus has over the Pre Plus is that it's slimmer in size and weight, but this comes at the cost of a smaller display (2.63" instead of 3.10"). The QWERTY keyboard on the Pixi Plus also has smaller buttons and is more cramped than the Pre Plus, which means its more difficult to use if you have large hands.

Palm Pre Plus Specifications
Palm Pixi Plus Specifications

Expect our full review of the Verizon Wireless Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon!



1. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

meh..still cant talk n surf the web at the same time..thnx tmo n att!

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Is this the ONLY thing GSM can do? There is nothing spectacular about that. With a WiFi capable phone (the Droid) I can talk and surf too, and even so, it's still a simple feature. And with lack of 3G footprint (AT&T and T-Mobile) there isn't alot to brag about. I think I'll stay with a larger 3G footprint and reliable network.

9. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Uh. There's WiFi for that ... which is more available than AT&T's 3G network ... hence ... AT&T's commercials are ironically misleading.

10. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

No actually their not, your just ironically stupid. Read what you just said...

2. jaywill386

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Hmm. Which one do i choose 1)Be able to talk and surf the web at the same time, or 2)Consistent quality service Such a hard choice. I think I will take #2 for 1000 Alex....

3. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Hey, I believe the Sprint version had the mirror finish on back as well. Wow, that's a lot foe dayta and the mifi like feature. Sounds neat but geez.

4. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Hey, I'm just glad this phone is coming to Verizon... I've had my eye on this particular phone for a while now. Though I wonder how well it's going to do. Just curious, but does anyone think that their phones being available on a more populated network will bring Palm the revenue they need?

5. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Possibly, and i've played with the pre plus and it is VERY cool.... but..... as much as I like using the web OS, people are looking for value. You can't beat the android marketplace with the free google navigation. If they threw in free vz nav on the pre i'd take one

6. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I think you'll see a lot of happy vzw subs once they try Web OS and the App Catalog is growing with over 1300 apps in six months

8. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

No offense but this is a very bad description of how the pre and pre plus differ. The numbers arent red on the pre, they are orange. And the pre has always had the mirrored back. The plastic back was replaced with the matte finished inductive battery back plate. The keyboard and slider mechanism have both improved and it also has more cpu (i think). And its a shame verizon is charging for vz navigator. Its included in sprints everything data plan. Its easy to say that sprints the better deal. Its like verizon is literally trying to squeeze every little penny out of their customers. And whats the point of paying $40 to use your phone as a wireless adaptor for a computer. For that much, you can just buy a wireless internet modem. And how will using it affect phone calls (since the whole cdma cant use web and voice at the same time). 3G speed is okay for a phone but when compared to at home internet connection speed its like using dial up. Cool that its available as a feature but no one in there right mind could purchase such a scam.

11. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

I'm sure your referring to CDMA on a handset because something like Verizon's network being used in the form of a USB stick is amazing.

13. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

Inductive Battery Back Plate? Will this work with the power mat, right out of the box? did i read that right? If so I hope more Manufactures get on that band wagon.

15. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

rhomaion: yeah I mentioned it was a cool feature but for what its worth, you can just buy a wireless internet modem... like theres no point of paying an additional $40 charge for mobile hotspot if there already is web on the phone... especially with the 1.4 webOS update coming up. and if by power mat you mean the touchstone charging dock than yes.

12. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

This article is garbage. How is the Pre Plus keyboard easier to use than that Pixi Plus keyboard?! You stupid friggin idiots...

14. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

read the whole sentence... it says it's harder to use pixi keyboard "if u have large hands" which i strongly agree cuz i tried to type on sprint pixi and pre.. and pixi, indeed, was little bit harder to use on my large-ass hands... before criticizing someone else, learn how to read first.. lolz

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