Review: Palm Pre Plus

Just got finished trying out the Palm™ Pre Plus these past two weeks and I actually had a great experience with it. It was very different experience from the Palm Pixi Plus which I had previously reviewed. I found that many things crossed over from the Palm™ Pixi Plus review because it runs on the same webOS.

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Photo by Evan Travers

Before I get started I'd like to thank BIG for letting me try out another phone. Let's dive right into the review! The Palm Pre Plus is a nice size at 3.9 inches tall, 2,3 inches wide and 0.67. As you can see it fits nicely in my hand. It feels much better than the Pixi Plus which was just too small for me.

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The Palm™ Pre Plus has a full QWERTY keyboard that is tucked away behind the screen. So you only have to access it when you need to type something. The Palm™ Pre Plus actually has a better camera at 3 megapixels (with LED flash) than the Palm Pixi Plus. The screen is 3.1 inches with a 320x480 resolution HVGA display.

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The pricing on Palm products has recently dropped dramatically in the past few months. The Palm Pre Plus is only $29.99 if you get a Verizon Wireless plan. However, it is priced highly at $149.99 if you buy a Sprint plan. I still don't know why Sprint is pricing the phone higher.


What's inside the box


You get a MicroUSB Cable with AC Phone Charger, a Cloth Case, and a pair of Earbud Headphones. I did not record the charging time like I was able to with the Palm™ Pixi Plus.


Media Syncing


(See Palm™ Pixi Plus review)


3G Mobile Hotspot


Mobile Hotspot allows up to 5 devices to connect to the internet by turning the Palm™ Pre Plus into a wi-fi router. (According to the Palm™ website, this is a Verizon only feature.)

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I was able to try this feature in a meeting where there was no internet access. A coworker and I were easily able to connect through our macs. Everything seemed to work fine until I realized that if you stop browsing the internet and leave the connection idle for a few minutes, the internet connection will timeout. The connection with the Palm™ Pre Plus was still going strong though. I had to then turn Mobile Hotspot off and on to get an internet connection again. That is the only bug I've found while using the Mobile Hotspot feature. Caution: The phone gets very warm when it has multiple devices connected to it through Mobile Hotspot!


Camera


The Palm™ Pre Plus has a 3 megapixel camera versus the 2 megapixel camera in the Palm™ Pixi Plus.

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Here are a couple video examples:
Inside


Outside


I can see only a small improvement in video quality from the Palm™ Pixi Plus examples videos. The Palm™ Pre Plus camera allows recording of VGA quality video at 30 frames per second. But with the resolution at 320x480, videos look better than the Palm™ Pixi Plus. The compatible video playback formats are MPEG-4, H.263, H.264.


Conclusion


I had a great experience with the Palm™ Pre Plus! There was really nothing negative that stood out. This phone could give the Android a run for its money however HP just bought it! Bye bye Palm phones! But I do think it would be cool to see some type of tablet running webOS.

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Photo by Evan Travers

I hope this review helped you and be sure to leave comments if you have any questions!


Extra content


palm pre plus button
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palm pre plus keyboard
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palm pre plus mirror
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Palm™ Pre Plus full specs here

Big thanks to the photographer and friend, Evan Travers , be sure to check out his blog! (Note: I was not compensated by BIG in any way for reviewing this phone. These are my own thoughts and opinion.)

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