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Palm Pixi Priced & Dated

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Palm Pixi Priced & Dated

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Pre is that its webOS software will be featured on every new Palm handset from now on, and now we know when the second one will arrive.

The Palm Pixi was first announced back in September but, unlike the Pre, it won't be taking the majority of the year to make it to market. Instead Palm has agreed an exclusive deal with Sprint to bring it to the US on 15 November for $99 on a two year contract.

Yes once again this is a US launch first, but I suspect we won't have quite the same lengthy four month gap before a European arrival this time around. Furthermore, UK contracts tend to be better subsidised than our US compatriots so the Pixi looks like a prime candidate to me for "from free" tariffs.

Aimed at a more wallet friendly audience, the Pixi sports a BlackBerry-esque form factor with a 2.63in, 320 x 400 pixel multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, 8GB internal memory, a 2MP camera, GPS, an accelerometer and 3.5mm headphone jack. Interswappable back covers are also available to appeal to a more youthful audience while it is compatible with the Palm TouchStone wireless charger. Lastly, at just 111 x 55 x 10.85mm and 99.5g, it's slim and light too.

On the downside the US edition drops 3G for EVDO, but I can't see any smartphone hitting the UK now and standing a cat in hell's chance without it so expect a variant for Europe. More concerning is the absence of WiFi, a missing microSD expansion (as with the Pre) and a slower CPU given the Pre is already a little laggy.

That said, webOS is a beautiful thing and as HTC has proved with the Hero, performance can have as much to do with firmware tweaks as hardware. So fingers crossed, we'd really like this one to succeed.

Link:

Pixi Product Homepage

farki80

October 27, 2009, 12:07 pm

Beautiful does not make it a good OS/UI. I have finally obtained a review Pre unit and the thing is slow and buggy as hell. Definitely not something I would pay with my own money.

DrDark

October 27, 2009, 2:30 pm

Ooh, I like the back cover in the middle.





What's with the wasted space between the screen and KB though where they could have had, like, more SCREEN.





Also, going by article (and farki80's comments), this clearly won't be the phone to make WebOS shine.





Ho-hum.

Stelph

October 27, 2009, 3:53 pm

@DrDark The Pre had a swipable place just beklow the screen where you could do gestures, thats probably what the "wasted" space is for. But I agree, IMO this isnt the phone to get the webOS out there! Palm need to step up a gear or two sharpish

Chris Beach

October 27, 2009, 4:16 pm

to be honest, I've only turned wifi on once with my Pre. What's the point when 3G is more than enough for basic web browsing, status updates and IMs.





I don't find mine slow either, esp not in the important areas like scrolling. Sometimes there is a minor delay loading or closing. And yes it would be nice to get the latest OS version, and Palm do need to keep those coming. Its not as advanced as a winmo or s60 device, its the same dumb-smartphone as the iPhone.

Gordon394

October 27, 2009, 4:57 pm

@cjb110 - because many people don't have a 3G signal in their homes or at work - where they spend the majority of their time...

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