palm pixi

The Palm Pixi would appear to fall into a black hole: it can't match the power of the iPhone, the keyboard of the BlackBerry, or the app selection of just about any major smartphone (including the many Android models).

It is not the fastest or smartest phone; it has a fairly slow browser and does not play Hollywood movies like the iPhone can; it also lacks Wi-Fi. So, is it doomed for failure? Not quite.

The device costs less than just about any of the smartphones we've mentioned in this review. It is the lightest and most portable of the major smartphones on the market, and we can't fan the flame of the webOS enough: it just shows how this "social integration" should work and even outshines a desktop browser in terms of combining message streams and calendar items in a way that just makes the device a joy to use.

Yes, the Palm Pixi is an impressive device that is thin and portable and app-friendly.

We liked:

The spec we liked most on the Pixi is the weight: at a hair under 100 grams, it is light and thin enough to slip into a pocket.

The device supports all of the apps you can download from the Palm App Catalogue that work on the Pre. The Synergy technology that combines email streams from multiple services, adds contacts, and combines schedules now works with Yahoo in addition to Google, LinkedIn and Facebook.

We disliked:

The Pixi never really ran fast enough for the next-generation of powerful apps, and stalled on high-def movies

This model lacks Wi-Fi, which means – if you are in an office building and have nowhere near adequate 3G, you won't be grabbing your email at high speeds.

The camera is not only low-res at 2 megapixels, but lacks extra features for zooming or setting white balance (common features on Nokia smartphones).