AT&T’s version of the Palm Pre Plus is a really nice smartphone, but unless you’re desperate for a new phone right away, it might be smarter to hold off.
It’s $120 more than Verizon’s version with the mobile Hotspot feature, and of course a new iPhone is expected from AT&T in the very near future. The timing and the price tend to overshadow what is otherwise a solidly built and very useful phone that takes full advantage of Palm’s webOS operating system.
The webOS is so easy to use it’s ideal for soccer moms and other less-than-tech-savvy types, but it’s also powerful enough for mobile professionals who don’t need a heavy duty smartphone like a Blackberry or a Windows Mobile device. If email and calendar/contact functionality are your main focus, and if your personal information is already out there on the Web in a Google account or on Microsoft Exchange, the AT&T Palm Pre Plus is a solid contender if you can look past its $150 price tag.
- Beautiful touchscreen
- Exceptional calendar and contact features simplify your online life
- Good camera with a strong flash
- Good quality video output
- Expensive, since the same device is available from Verizon for $100 less
- Keyboard is good, but could be improved