Palm Pre Plus review

Does the Pre Plus do enough to justify a re-release?

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When you're talking about messaging on the Palm Pre, you have to start with that keyboard. It caused a bit of a storm on the first Palm Pre device, really detracting from the quality of the handset. It was just so very small and the keys had a soft, squishy feel that made it difficult to type and to recognise that the key press had actually registered.

There is no difference in the size of the keyboard, but the keys have a harder feel that makes them instantly more clickable. It's an improvement, but not a massive one.

When typing emails, it's still necessary to be very deliberate if you want to be accurate and you really have to use the the corners of your thumbnails (if they're long enough) to hit those keys.

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Accuracy improves the more you persevere with the Pre Plus and you'll probably get used to it and be whacking out texts and emails with minimum fuss, but initially it takes some learning. Once again, why isn't there a touchscreen keyboard?

With a keypad that small and dinky, you'd hope that the Pre Plus would improve on its predecessor by updating the dictionary and the auto-correct functionality, but that's not the case.

Most of our mistakes went untouched, although it will add apostrophes where it feels they're necessary, so at least it's grammatically competent.

One of the things that impressed us the most about the first Palm Pre, was the Synergy functionality which stored all of your texts, IMs and emails from one contact in one continuous thread, within the Messaging app, and that still rings true with the Palm Pre Plus. However, it's not for everyone. If you have two conversations going on about different things, it can be quite difficult to follow the thread.

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The email app allows you to sync different accounts within the same application, so you can easily set-up Hotmail, Gmail and Exchange, or whatever floats your boat, and have them delivered to one inbox as well as existing as separate accounts.

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You can also select how often you receive your emails, from push to every thirty minutes, although will anyone pick every half an hour instead of just getting them immediately?

What is still really lacking, though, is threaded emails. Even when using Gmail, each email in a conversation appears as a single mail.

It'd be nice to use the Facebook integration to send Facebook messages through the contacts, but that functionality is also absent.

Google Talk and AIM are built in as IM apps, and are accessible under the messaging app, but there's no Windows Messenger, no Skype app, and no Twitter integration. All in all, it's quite disappointing in that respect.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderAT&T
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyPre
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemPalm OS
Brand NamePalm
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelPlus
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)138.5 g
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height100.5 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth17 mm
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
ManufacturerPalm, Inc
Product NamePre Plus Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LinePre
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberATTPREPLUSBLK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Expertly equipped and ready for anything

The Palm Pre Plus phone gives you what you need for work life, personal life, and everything in between. You get it all a large, vivid touchscreen along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in an elegant design. With always-up-to-date contacts and calendars, your favorite websites and apps, and even 3D games, it's a phone for your whole life.

Standard Memory512 MB