One of the most important specs on the Palm Pixi, one that we noticed right away, is that it is extremely light at just 92.5 grams.

Compared to 'big brother' phones like the Droid, which weighs a back-breaking 169 grams and is one of the heaviest phones we've ever used, the Pixi lives up to its name.

It's also super-thin at 10.85mm in the candybar form factor, which means you can slip it easily into a shirt pocket.

palm pixi

The Pre is beefier in that it bulges too much for a pocket. The Pixi, much more than the iPhone or Pre, feels highly portable – a grab-and-go phone that does not always require a belt holder.

Interesting, with this smaller size and weight, the Pixi feels in the hand more like a small MP3 player (for example, the original Zune) and is not that much larger or thicker than a credit card – or make that a stack of credit cards. In testing the phone, we discovered that the portability is a major asset.

The phone lacks the slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the Pre, but somehow Palm packed a full QWERTY keyboard onto the device just the same. It is one of those "why didn't they think of this before" moments, because the keyboard is actually easier to use.

palm pixi keypad

The Pre had this annoying problem with the slide-out that made it cramped for fast typing, but we could type faster on the Pixi. Without the slide-out, there is also no fine-edge to slice your finger.

The Pixi has the same gesture region as the Pre – it is an area where you slide your finger up or to the side to control the OS. We prefer the iPhone touchscreen where you perform all actions – the gesture pad on the Pre and Pixi just feel like a design compromise and not a design feature.

Positives

The Pre does not have an external storage slot, so the phone only has a slick slider, volume controls, USB slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and power button. The phone has a hard rubber back cover that is removable and, overall, is a durable and sleek smartphone.

Price is a major plus for the Pixi. It costs just $100 in the US with a two-year contract (after rebates), and the basic voice and data plan from Sprint costs just $70 per month. What this pricing indicates is that the Pixi will a) get cheaper in the near future, just as the Pre did and b) the cost to manufacture the device is likely considerably less than the Pre, which means Palm will not need to hike up the margins quite as much.