Verizon has dropped the price it is charging for the new Palm Pixi Plus by 20%. This webOS smartphone is small and light but still powerful, offing a very robust web browser, built-in keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, and much more.
It can be thought of as the successor to Palm’s popular Centro series. It has a tablet shape, with a 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen, and is targeted at people buying their first smartphone
This model is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than the Pre Plus. It is very similar to the original Pixi that is offered by Sprint, but includes Wi-Fi.
It also has EV-DO mobile broadband, Bluetooth, a GPS receiver, and a 2.0 cegapixel camera.
The Pixi runs the webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
Additional Pricing Info
The Palm Pixi Plus now sells for $80, but getting this price requires a $100 mail-in rebate and a new or renewed two-year customer agreement. A $30 a month unlimited data plan is also required. Voice plans start at $40 a month.
The Pixi Plus comes with software that allows it to function as Wi-Fi access point, sharing its 3G mobile broadband connections with up to five other devices, like laptops and handhelds. Using this service costs an additional $40 per month, though.