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Summary

Our Score:

6

Many people were rather miffed when Palm decided not to release the original Pixi in the UK. The baby brother to the Pre, it had a smaller screen and a less cute design than its larger sibling, but it was cheaper and still used the much vaunted WebOS to power it. Finally, though, we've been given the successor to the Pixi, the Pixi Plus that just like the Pre Plus is a very slightly updated version.

In particular, you get a doubling of RAM to 512MB, which should help overall performance, and Wi-Fi has been added. Sadly, unlike the Pre, Palm hasn't doubled the storage of the Pixi so the Pixi Plus is still only 8GB and there's no microSD slot for adding more storage.

The Pixi Plus' design is an odd mix of good and bad. We like the simplicity of the single piece gloss front and the tough matt black rubber back, while the overall symmetry of it also appeals. On the flip side, though, the glossy front is made from a wobbly plastic that just doesn't feel particularly nice. Worse is the rubber back that also feels cheap – particularly the mushy buttons that are set into it – and isn't even finished properly with a noticeable moulding seam running round the edge.

Also, the back is attached to the front by means of a small lip that runs round the edge – pull this aside and you can prize the whole back off. Fine in principle but in practice, it's a rather cumbersome way of taking the back off and more importantly it means you're often left with unsightly gaps around the edge of the screen when the rubber isn't quite sitting properly.

One plus point is that the backplate incorporates TouchStone technology. This allows you to wirelessly charge the phone by placing it on the corresponding TouchStone dock. Putting the phone on the TouchStone dock during a call will also switch it to speakerphone, and vice versa, while you can answer an incoming call simply by picking it up. It's awesome technology that we really want to see in all future phones, but there is a problem with the Pixi Plus. While you get the backplate, you don't (bundled offers notwithstanding) get the dock, so you'll have to fork out £30 or so to get one.

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Runadumb

July 24, 2010, 2:32 pm

Bring on the WebOS 2.0 devices and bring them soon. Hope they include an SDXC slot to, basic value adding feature.

Eternity

July 24, 2010, 2:37 pm

" thanks in part to Palm's recent financial problems and subsequent buyout by HP, the WebOS platform is on shaky ground and development for it has been slow"


i think the takeover by hp was the best thing that could have happend to palm and webos 2.0(i hope finaly with flash) is announced for the end of the year.


if you look for a good price, you can get it for around 250€ in germany

olee22

July 25, 2010, 1:48 pm

How is the speed of the Palm Pixi Plus and memory?


Many people complained that the Pixi was almost unusuable vs. the Palm Pre because it was very slow to execute and switch apps, mainly usable only for the built in PIM suite and that's it.

Castalan

July 25, 2010, 2:55 pm

"Is it the WebOS device we've all been waiting for?"





Unfortunately it's the device most of us neither knew was coming - nor cared less ....





HP sooo wasted their money ......

Coffee_With_Bailey's

July 26, 2010, 1:57 am

@Castalan





I dunno - WebOS 1.x on an cheap underpowered handset is one thing... but WebOS2 on some cutting edge HP hardware in tablet/netbook form (and read/write support for a wide range of flash cards and USB + Bluetooth peripherals) could make for a juicey proposition.

TechVegan

July 26, 2010, 5:14 pm

@Castalan:


I'm with Bailey's_Coffee on this one. With HP's backing I could really see WebOS taking off, joining iOS and Android (oh, and Win Phone 7 I suppose ;) as a serious competitor in the mobile space.

Castalan

July 28, 2010, 2:48 am

Well only time will tell ... I guess my point was if you ask the average man in the phone shop if he had been waiting eagerly for this he'd look at you blankly. The article implied otherwise. ;)

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