Palm Pre Plus

The Good Slick user interface; vivid screen; Synergy app combines your contacts from around the cloud; unified email inbox; multitasking capability; faster than the Pre; memory doubled to 16GB; great connectivity; Qwerty keyboard.

The Bad Keyboard may be too small for some; short battery life; no memory-expansion slot; no on-screen keyboard; shelves are bare in the App Catalog.

The Bottom Line The Palm Pre Plus keeps everything that was great about the original Pre, including the slick webOS operating system, and improves upon the hardware. But plenty of water has passed under the smart-phone bridge since the launch of the Pre, leaving the Pre Plus feeling underwhelming, due to a lack of big new features and a dismal app store

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Palm Pre Plus

We loved the first Palm Pre, thanks to its slick webOS operating system, and despite its nascent app store. But we're having a hard time maintaining our enthusiasm eight months later, now that Android phones are going from strength to strength. Nevertheless, the Palm Pre Plus improves on the excellent Pre, with an even better keyboard, and more power and memory.

You're looking at top-of-the-range pricing for the Pre Plus, starting from free on a £35-a-month, two-year contract. Currently there's no pay-as-you-go or SIM-free price available.

Smooth and slidey
Everything that made us give the Pre an Editors' Choice award in October 2009 is alive and well on the Pre Plus. (Check out our full review of the granddaddy of webOS phones to read about it in more detail.) That means the innovative, smooth user interface, the stunning 79mm (3.1-inch) screen and the handy Qwerty keyboard are all present.

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