Palm Pre Plus Review

Posted on 31 January 2010

The Palm Pre Plus comes with all the basic features that were present in Palm Pre, together with some additional features that include twice the internal memory for user storage and 512MB of RAM for better multitasking.

Besides that, the device mostly remain unchanged. Due to this, the Palm Pre Plus isn’t being considered as hot of a device as it would have been last year. This does not mean that it has any less features or software, but it will simply have to face a hard time breaking into the smartphone crowd, where Windows Mobile and Android currently dominate.

Design

The Palm Pre Plus has been designed to fit into your hand comfortably. The corners are smooth and curved, unlike the rectangle shape of the Motorola DROID. The overall plastic make of the Pre Plus is smooth and pleasing to the touch, and does not feel cheap.



Having a display screen of 3.1-inch with 320×480 resolution and 16.7 million color support, the images are bright and the screen remains usable even in direct sunlight.

The touch screen has great sensitivity as it supports multi touch in several apps such as the web browser and photo viewer.

All these features work well together, including the small wave-effect light that flows with your finger’s movement. The phone also has a QWERTY keyboard with large keys to enable easy typing.

Software and Features

The Palm Pre Plus for Verizon has the webOS 1.3.5.1 installed. It works great, integrating your personal contacts with ones from Google Talk, AIM, and Facebook.

The Google Maps app is also included, which can be used for aerial satellite views and for plotting driving directions, unfortunately the advanced turn-by-turn navigation directions with voice prompts that we saw on the Motorola DROID are not present. But you can get this from Verizon by buying their VZ Navigator application, which costs $10 a month.

VZ Navigator is an easy to use program that supports the familiar GPS guided turn-by-turn directions, and performs local searches for gas stations, supermarkets, movie theaters, etc.

According to the company, the phone is capable of providing up to 5.5 hours of talk time or 14.5 days of standby time.

Conclusion

Overall, the Palm Pre Plus is an attractive Smartphone, having an ergonomic design. It has a great Operating System, which is extremely easy to use, even for those who have never used a Smartphone before.

However, in order to compete against the iPhone and similar Android-based smart phones available in the market, which currently have more robust operating systems and thousands of more apps that can be downloaded, Palm Pre Plus will have a little catching up to do.

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