Palm Pre Plus review

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

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The fatal flaw of the Palm Pre rears its head again. The App Catalog launched with a paltry 18 apps last June, and by January it had reached 1,000, but that's still diddly squat compared to what's on offer from the two leading players.

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The amount of good quality free apps up for grabs isn't exhaustive either. You'd need to pay £2.19 for the Tweed Twitter app, which isn't even official. Every other leading platform offers a Twitter app for free.

However, the free Facebook app is very good – up there with the iPhone and BlackBerry incarnations and far better than the Facebook for Android monstrosity.

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Clicking the grid in the top-right of the screen allows you to move between your profile, news feed, photos, events, search and inbox and you can even use the Pre Plus' camera to take and upload a new picture from within the app.

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You can't use chat though, which could have easily been integrated with Google Talk and AIM within the messaging app, surely?

The App Catalog itself is very well designed and easy to navigate, as with everything else on the device, but we just wish it was more densely populated. Palm needs to work harder to engage app developers if the web OS platform is to have the range of applications it, and its users, deserve.

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