The Palm Pixi Plus is an updated version of last year's Palm Pixi that's currently available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.
Its price and features make it ideal for those looking for their first smartphone, as it includes a good web browser, email software,and music player. It also has ties into social networking services.
The Pixi Plus is currently $80 with a new two-year contract.
BUILD & DESIGN:
The Pixi Plus is indeed a "pixie" of a phone, very slim and very light - it definitely won't weigh down your pocket or your bag.
The overall design is pretty minimal; the only things you'll really notice when you look at the phone are the display and keyboard. The power/wake button is on the top left corner of the device, while the ringer/silent switch, volume buttons, and covered charging port are on the right side.
The back of the phone includes the Palm logo, camera, and one small speaker opening on each side. The device is plastic with a soft finish that is easy to grip and just textured enough to solve the smudgy fingerprint problem that plagues many other phones.
The display is 2.6-inches and runs at 320 x 400 resolution. It's very bright, even outside. Text, photos, and videos all look nice, with no ghosting or other quality issues to mar the overall experience.
Of course the screen is a bit smaller than what you might see on other, larger devices, but it does seem to be of good quality and with no squinting needed.
Tiny, but usable. The Pixi Plus's keyboard is supposed to be better than the original, but I didn't see much of a difference.
The keys are hard plastic and as large as possible, so there's not much horizontal space between them. I seem to go more for visual than tactile feedback when it comes to data entry on the Pixi Plus, so I tend to look at the keyboard when entering text to make sure I'm hitting the right keys.
The keyboard is adequate, but I wouldn't call it a "home run." Adding calendar entries and firing off quick emails is easy, but there's little more I would do with it.
The power/wake button is on the top left corner of the device, while the ringer/silent switch, volume buttons, and covered charging port are on the right side.
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