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Palm Pre Plus - Camera & Software
Video is available in resolutions up to 640 x 480 and framerate of 30fps. Performance is, much like for stills, hampered by strong contrast situations and colours look a bit muted, but you should still be able to recognise which of your friends it was that just drank a shot of hot sauce or won in a play fight.
Helping to make the most of what photos and videos you do take is the phone's screen. With a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels it doesn't compare to the biggest and best available but it's sharp, has good viewing angles, and produces natural looking colours. We also love its curved corners that mirror those of the body. Its capacitive, multi-touch sensing is also very good, easily keeping track of you fingers with good accuracy.
When it comes to the Pre Plus' software, Palm has similarly left things essentially untouched from the original, which is both a good and a bad thing.
On the positive side, you still get the incredibly slick overall look and feel that we were so enamoured with when we first saw WebOS. It's full of loads of nice little touches that just make it a joy to use. The corners of the main screen items are rounded off (again to match the screen and phone body), there's a little splash animation wherever you tap your finger, menus and icons are all nicely coloured and shaded, and menu transitions and other animations look really slick.
It's also a pretty up to date OS in terms of social networking integration and such like. You can sync your Facebook contacts with those in your email and on your phone, and messages from all email accounts can be viewed in a single inbox. SMS and IM messages are also joined together in a single conversation.
Multi-tasking is also very well handled with a clever card system that allows you to flick between open apps with great ease. Flick upwards on the screen to exit an app then flick left and right to navigate between them. Thanks to the Pre Plus' larger RAM you can also run far more programs than on the previous Pre. Whereas it ran out of memory at around 12 open apps, the Plus can go well beyond 50.
All the core apps are very good as well. The web browser supports multi-touch, so you can pinch to zoom, and Flash as well, though we couldn't get the phone to show embedded flash videos. There are also apps for GoogleMaps and YouTube, and you can download plenty more apps, and indeed books, from Palm's App Catalog.
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