Palm Pre Plus for AT&T Review

Palm Pre Plus for AT&T Review
Introduction:

Almost close to its one year official launch anniversary, the US market is now witnessing its very first official GSM webOS smartphone with AT&T's Palm Pre Plus. And now that Palm's world has solidified ever so much since HP's buyout, it seems like a good time for a webOS-powered handset, as we can expect a significantly better support for the platform. However, the Palm Pre Plus for AT&T is almost identical to the one Verizon's been offering, while the long wait may look to sour webOS's arrival on the lineup of the second largest carrier in the country. It'll also be interesting to see how AT&T and Palm will market the device in the wake of their rush of upcoming Android devices and eventual unveiling of the fourth generation iPhone. The biggest concern right now seems to be the initial $149.99 on-contract cost, which may be viewed as over-bloated in the wake of Verizon's hasty drop, but AT&T is thankfully packing for free the Touchstone charging dock for a limited time.

The package contains:
•    Palm Pre Plus
•    Wall Charger
•    microUSB cable
•    3.5mm stereo headset
•    Carrying Pouch
•    User Guide


Design:

Aside from the re-branded AT&T logo found on the mirror surface behind the display, the smartphone is an exact facsimile to the Verizon variant. We still adore the clean look of the device that radiates like a polished stone as it clearly doesn't seem too bulky when compared to other high-end touchscreen devices out there. Construction remains to be the same as there is no wiggle to the touchscreen when it's opened up versus some of the reports witnessed with Sprint's version. Of course the glossy piano black finish of the device accentuates its appeal, but it is extremely prone to finger prints and smudges. Finally, the same soft touch matte rear cover is found with this one as it works ingeniously with the Touchstone for some wireless induction charging.



You can compare the Palm Pre Plus with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Continuing with the same trend as before, the 3.1” touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution is absolutely gorgeous thanks to its support for 16.7 millions colors that gracefully captures the essence of vivid colors. Thankfully, the display is bright, crisp, and detailed enough to work well outdoors in even direct sunlight. Accompanying your touches with a ripple-like water effect, the touchscreen is quite responsive as we had no issues with it recognizing our presses. The clean look of the surface stands out even more thanks to the inconspicuous gesture area that perfectly glows and moves for certain notifications.

The feel and placement of the other buttons on the phone and microUSB port are exactly where we found them with the Verizon Palm Pre Plus while the 3-megapixel camera with flash and speaker phone are found on the rear. You can remove the back cover by simply pressing the latch on the bottom of the phone to give you access to the battery. Finally, the Palm Pre Plus is loaded with the same 16GB of internal storage as we've seen previously.



Typing away on the 4-row QWERTY keyboard can still prove to be difficult for individuals with larger fingers, but the better tactile response is an improvement over the original one on Sprint. There really isn't anything different with this one and Verizon's as the layout and color of the keys are identical.



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14 Comments

1. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Why would anyone choose this over the verizon version, when verizon has a FREE mobile hotspot, and att isn't even offering that feature???

3. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

id take a gsm phone over a cdma anyday (even if its a completely shittier phone)

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Maybe there are those who don't want to switch carriers.? Maybe there are those who actually want a GSM Palm Pre instead of a CDMA Palm Pre.? There are reasons why a person would choose the AT&T version over the Verizon one, but you're not that open minded it seems.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Or maybe his open mind has led him to the conclusion that the Verizon Pre is a better deal.

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Even if the Verizon Palm Pree is a better deal, there are users who would rather stick to AT&T as their carrier and/or want a GSM Palm Pre Plus.

10. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Having an open mind would include the choice to switch carriers if needed. This might be the stupidest thread I've seen today. We are all less intelligent because of it.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

rather have the GSM version - nice looking phone....for a woman.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

No, not always the case. What if AT&T is better than Verizon in your particular area. Why switch.?

14. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

But what if both carriers work...then what's the better deal?

2. Ebonyks

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

"However, it's still missing a long press feature that could make opening links in another card easier – which can be accomplished by holding down the function button on the QWERTY while pressing a link. By no means does it ruin the overall experience, but over time we'd like to see some additional new implementations to complete it." For those who don't mind adding preware on their phone, there's a simple patch that lets you open up another card with a new url by simply placing one finger on the gesture area and then tapping the link.

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

What is with that awful background AT&T is using?

7. michael95gt

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Picked one up this afternoon, pretty cool so far. DontHateOnS60, that background isn't on the phone. Must be user added or a preproduction deal.

9. tuck78

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 29, 2010

I picked this up on Sunday. Seems pretty good so far. The battery seems to drain quickly. However, I have been playing with the phone constantly because its my new toy. Also, my last phone was a Nokia E71 with an incredible battery, so I might just be jaded. The keyboard keys could be slightly bigger or raised a bit more but I imagine it just takes some getting use to. The gesture pad/area takes some getting used to as well.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

When I purchased my TILT back in 2008, I was going through the battery just as you have been. I have a friend with the SPRINT version and she loves it. Looks like a nice phone - enjoy it!!
Pre Plus GSM
  • Display 3.1" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1150 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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