Palm Pre Plus review

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

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The Palm Pre Plus promises 5.5 hours of talktime and 350 hours on standby, but on the modern smartphone, talk-time is very much a secondary consideration. Like most of the other top-end do-it-all devices at the moment, extensive use during the day will pretty much wipe out the battery.

Using push email, browsing constantly and watching YouTube is a real drain on the Pre Plus' fuel tank. Multitasking is a great addition, but it goes without saying that the more you leave open, the more the battery will suffer.

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You'll need to charge it every day, without question, but what else is new? It does seem to drop very fast once it gets under 50 per cent, but touching the top battery icon at the top of the screen will let you know exactly how much you have left. It'd be nice if that was reflected in time rather than percentage.

Once the battery completely dies, it does need to be plugged in for a couple of minutes before you can switch the device back on again, which is really annoying, especially when you take into consideration the Pre Plus' epic start-up time.

We're talking nearly two minutes (1.47 to be exact) of looking at a pulsating Palm logo before it returns to a functional state.

There is of course the wireless charging with Palm's Touchstone technology, but that costs around £40 and we can do without.

Maps

Naturally, Google Maps is pre-loaded onto the phone, and the web OS edition is one of the better incarnations. The app pinpoints your current location lightning-fast, while directions searches are also remarkably rapid.

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Both graphical and satellite maps render very quickly, even when moving around the map and using multi-touch to zoom in and out. If you're heading to a destination, a handy guide at the top of the screen gives you information on your next turn.

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Android users now have turn-by-turn navigation, but there's no sign of Google deploying that to anything outside of its own operating system just yet and there's nothing like Co-Pilot or TomTom featured in the naked App Catalog.

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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