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Palm Pixi Plus review

Can the Pixi out-do the Pre with less tech?

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Our Verdict

One of the better 'affordable' smartphones out there at the moment, the Palm Pixi Plus takes the best of webOS and makes it pocket friendly

For

  • webOS is a decent platform
  • Keyboard better than the Pre
  • Stylish design
  • Light and pocket-friendly
  • Relatively speedy
  • Responsive touchscreen

Against

  • Camera suffers from downgrade
  • Can't handly multi-tasking as well
  • Quiet speakers
  • Poor App Catalog
  • Smaller screen poor for browsing and watching video

It's a crying shame that Palm's App Catalog has been completely unable to engage developers in the way that iPhone and Android has, because web OS really deserves a full range of dynamic applications.

It really is one of the only things preventing Palm from going nose-to-nose with those two behemoths of the smartphone world.

Right now there are over 1000 apps, which is an improvement on the 18 the device launched with, but still nowhere near enough.

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The interface is nice enough, especially to those who're still using the Android 1.5 version of the Market, and everything is easy to find.

We enjoyed using the Facebook app on the Palm Pixi Plus. It's laid out in a much more logical way than on rival devices, especially the poor Facebook for Android app.

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It's easy to access your news feed, profile or photos from the pull down tab and cycling through pictures is a synch.

It's a shame Palm weren't able to integrate Facebook chat into the messages app to sit alongside AIM and Google Talk.

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There's no official Twitter app to speak of, and the unofficial Tweed application is £2.19, which seems way too expensive considering every other platform offers a Twitter app for nothing. We really miss not having Skype too.

Palm is going to have to work harder to get developers back in the game, but that's only going to happen if the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are more successful than their forebears.