Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus Hands-On
February 9, 2010

First let me say that I've loved my time with both of these phones. The Pre Plus is a lot of smartphone in a small package, and the Pixi Plus gives all of Verizon's entry to mid-level smartphones a run for their money. Since both phones run on Palm's Web OS, the experience is very similar whether you're using the Pre or the Pixi. Both devices feature accurate, although small, touchscreens, with the Pixi's measuring in at 2.6" as opposed to 3.1" on the Pre. Both phones also feature full QWERTY keyboards, although I prefer typing on the Pixi due to its more pronounced, raised buttons. Typing on the Pre isn't all bad by any means, but the keys just lack the clickiness and feel of the Pixi. One of the other cool features for both phones is the Mobile Hotspot app, which allows you to use the phone as a wi-fi access point for your laptop or other wi-fi enabled device. Configuring the Mobile Hotspot app is easy and only takes a couple of minutes. The service is a little on the expensive side ($40 per month in addition to your data plan), but for users who travel frequently and need continuous internet access Mobile Hotspot offers a decent alternative to buying a dedicated wi-fi usb adapter. The Pre and Pixi also feature full HTML web browsing. The browsing experience on both phones compares favorably to the Droid & Droid Eris in the speed department, the only drawbacks are the smaller screen sizes. On the messaging front neither phone disappoints with support for multiple e-mail accounts, and a messaging client, which seamlessly ties in threaded sms messaging with support for Google Talk and AIM. Both phones are priced to compete, with the Pre Plus retailing for $149.99 on a 2-year contract and the Pixi Plus going for $99.99. Be sure to check back for the full reviews later this week.