Palm Pre Plus review

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

TODO alt text

The Palm Pre Plus benefits from a drag-and-drop USB system which enables you to easily transfer your music, photos and movies onto your handset, which are then automatically arranged into the correct folders.

In terms of music, it will play MP3 and AAC files copied from your computer and also WAVs that are received as part of email attachements. Accepted video formats are MPEG4, H.264 and H.263.

The music player interface is still, like most things within web OS, very good looking. Album art across the board in listings adds to the aesthetics, and the menu progression is logical and simple.

Palm pre plus

It's extremely easy to flick through the tunes by swiping to the left and right on the touchscreeen. Sometimes, however, there can be a real delay while the processor has a good think about whether it wants to play the track.

When the application is minimised, you can bring up a mini-controls at any time by clicking on the musical note icon in the bottom-right corner of the touchscreen. These icons are quite small, but thankfully the touchscreen is more forgiving than the keyboard.

Palm pre plus

Sound quality is quite good, but lacks clarity, and there's no Walkman-esque EQ. You'll need a decent set of headphones to get anything worthwhile out of it.

The same can't be said for the audio quality through the speaker. It's pretty poor when turned up to an acceptable volume level.

One thing it drastically needs, though, is a built-in download platform, like Amazon MP3, which is still an absentee from the UK App Catalog. The days of Palm sneakily syncing with iTunes are long gone.

Palm pre plus

In terms of video, the 3.1-inch screen is never going to make it a media powerhouse, but MPEG4 footage of a decent quality is reflected on the phone's 320 x 480 display.

Regular widescreen footage looks good, but some of the 21:9 movie trailers we copied onto the device looked very small, with a lot of black space (fullscreen viewing cuts off half the video), so it's not really suitable for watching movies in that format.

The player itself is very simple, with play, pause and fullscreen options, but moving through the video footage can be problematic and touching any part of the screen leads to the video jumping to that point. For once the touch-induced ripple across the screen is unwelcome.

Another little pet peeve is that instead of returning to the playlist when a video is complete, it just stays at the end. Small, but enough to annoy.

Palm pre plus

The YouTube application is very good and videos look absolutely great. The loading time is smooth using 3G, on the O2 network or Wi-Fi, and once playing it uses the web OS video player rather than a YouTube player.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderAT&T
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://euro.palm.com/uk/
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