Palm Pixi Plus review: Palm Pixi Plus

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good For a compact, entry-level smartphone, the Palm Pixi Plus offers a good number of features including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as the benefits that come from running Palm WebOS. The Pixi Plus' camera now can record video and easily edit it--unlike its predecessor.

The Bad The Pixi Plus can be sluggish. The phone has a smaller display and keyboard. AT&T doesn't offer the Palm Mobile Hotspot utility.

The Bottom Line The Palm Pixi Plus isn't fancy or powerful, but it offers first-time smartphone buyers a nice range of features and ease of use at an affordable price.

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The Palm Pixi Plus finally joins its bigger, more powerful sibling, the Palm Pre Plus, at AT&T on June 6. Much like Verizon's variant, the petite device isn't a powerhouse, but it has a nice set of features and reasonable price of $49.99 with a two-year contract to make a good choice for first-time smartphone users. Since the AT&T Palm Pixi Plus shares so many similarities with the Verizon model, we'll focus mostly on the differences as well as the phone's performance in this review. For additional information about the smartphone's design and features, please read our full review of the Palm Pixi Plus for Verizon Wireless. For more details about Palm WebOS, check out our review of the Palm Pre for Sprint.

Design
When you look at the Palm Pixi Plus, you can understand where it gets its name. Petite and light at 4.37 inches tall by 2.17 inches wide by 0.43 inch thick and 3.26 ounces, the smartphone is great for carrying around day to day and fits nicely in the palm of your hand; however, there are some trade-offs to its compact size. Its 2.63-inch touch screen is small, so you can't see as much at a glance and viewing Web pages and text on it can strain your eyes. Fortunately, the display has pinch-to-zoom support. The Pixi Plus' keyboard is cramped, but with some time, you can learn to type comfortably on it. Still, users will large thumbs definitely want to take the smartphone for a test drive to see if they can live with the keyboard.


AT&T will offer the Palm Pixi Plus in blue in addition to black.

According to AT&T, it will offer the Palm Pixi Plus in blue (online only) or black, and will ship the phone with an AC charger, a USB cable, and reference material. Unlike with the Palm Pre Plus, AT&T will not offer a free Touchstone dock with the purchase of the phone, so you will need to buy the accessory as well as a compatible inductive back cover separately. For more add-ons, please check our cell phone accessories, ring tones, and help page.

Features
Though the Palm Pixi Plus is best suited for first-time smartphone buyers, it doesn't mean the smartphone skimps on the features. The handset ships running WebOS 1.4, so you're getting the operating system's latest features such as video recording and editing, and, of course, you get all of the capabilities we've come to love about WebOS, including the Deck of Cards multitasking function, Synergy, and Palm's notification system.

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Palm Pixi Plus - black (AT&T)

Part Number: 4670296 Released: Jun. 6, 2010

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun. 6, 2010
  • Talk Time Up to 330 min
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Weight 3.26 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.63 in
  • Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
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