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Palm Pre Plus Review

Palm Pre Plus

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Performance:

Call quality was good with voices on our end sounding clear, though they weren’t as natural sounding as when using the Motorola DROID. We made back-to-back calls on both devices, and felt the voice quality on our end with the DROID was slightly better. People that we called, however, said that we sounded nearly identical on their end when we used both phones. Signal Reception on the Palm Pre Plus was a bit disconcerting. While on phone calls we would only have 2 out of 5 bars showing in strong signal areas, but when we used the web or data service, we would have 5 bars of EV showing. Regardless, we didn’t drop any calls during our testing around south Florida.

The 1150mAh battery is rated to provide up to 5.5 hours of talk time or 14.5 days of standby time. This is kind of funny, as we’ve never encountered a smartphone that can last 2 weeks in standby. During our testing we were able to get 5 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge; with no apps or data services running in the background. However, under mixed usage, which includes some talk, web browsing, messaging and email, expect to charge the device each night.


Conclusion:

The Palm Pre Plus has an attractive and ergonomic design. The webOS software is its greatest benefit, as it is easy enough for practically anyone to use, especially those who have never considered using a smartphone before. But with little changes in the software since last year, Palm will have to play catch-up with the iPhone and Android-based phones, which currently have more robust operating systems and with thousands of more apps that can be downloaded. Only time will tell how things will play out between webOS 1.4, Android 2.1, and iPhone OS 4.0.

Regarding our ratings below: When the Palm Pre for Sprint came out last year, we gave it high marks because it was unique and was one of the easiest smartphones to use on the market. Since then, more competing devices have come out, and the Pre Plus is not as “cutting-edge” as it would have been last year. We base our ratings on the current Palm Pre Plus, as well as how it compares to other current devices.


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Pros

  • Stylish and attractive design
  • Fits well and comfortable to hold
  • webOS with multitasking
  • 16GB of user memory
  • Small, but usable QWERTY keyboard

Cons

  • Camera quality is only so-so
  • Still lacks voice dialing and an on-screen keyboard
  • Would like to see free Google Maps Navigation replace VZ Navigator
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.96 x 2.34 x 0.67 inches
(100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9 mm)
4.89 oz  (138 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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