Palm Pre Plus (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Palm Part number: palmpreplus
- Bottom Line:
- The Palm Pre Plus earns its place as the top WebOS device, improving on the Pre with a better design and performance, and upgraded features. Verizon customers looking for a versatile smartphone to balance their personal and work lives will be well-served by the Pre Plus.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $225.00
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 01/20/2010
The good: The Palm Pre Plus offers double the storage capacity and double the RAM of the Palm Pre. The smartphone also ships with an inductive back cover for Touchstone charging and features an improved QWERTY keyboard.
The bad: Speakerphone volume is too soft. We'd like to see a landscape keyboard and camera editing options. No support for V Cast Music or Video. The phone can run a bit hot.
The bottom line: The Palm Pre Plus earns its place as the top WebOS device, improving on the Pre with a better design and performance, and upgraded features. Verizon customers looking for a versatile smartphone to balance their personal and work lives will be well-served by the Pre Plus.
A beautiful phone with a nice size, features and price.
by walksoft on April 18, 2010
Pros: Clean elegant look, nice size, Intuitive feature rich interface, plenty of apps, phone is free on Verizon's new every two, free wifi hotspot, Lot's of useful apps. The touchstone charger adds to its 'it just makes everything easier' nature.
Cons: The battery needs to last a bit longer. With all the features you tend to use the phone a lot which drains the battery. The keyboard could be an issue for big fingers. These would make it a 4.8 but still great.
Summary: My first palm and a beautiful functional phone. With Verizon's new every two plan I purchased this phone free with webOS 1.4 and free WiFi hotspot service. WebOS ...
Summary: My first palm and a beautiful functional phone. With Verizon's new every two plan I purchased this phone free with webOS 1.4 and free WiFi hotspot service. WebOS is more intuitive interface than on any Verizon phone I've used. As good as the IPhone with Verizons great service and without the Apple cost and attitude. Useful apps not junk apps. A real keyboard is still less error prone than a touch. Feels like a smooth stone in the hand and has a clean unobstructed look. The touchstone charger just adds to this, no plugs to fool with, just set it on top and go. Godd call quliy too. The free wifi hotspot feature (which I'm using right now) turns internet access to an easy process. No wires no fuss, turn on the phone hotspot, turn on your PC, your in.Sorry for the mispellings
Updated on Apr 18, 2010
Great phone - almost as good as iPhone
by a.morrison on April 16, 2010
Pros: Bright screen, love the flick and throw it away, WiFi access! Sync email and contact list with home computer
Cons: Battery life - lack of apps - no updated Adobe Flash for Palms. A little bulky for my small hands and doesn't fit into pockets real well. Lack of free ringtones that come with the phone.
Summary: This is my first experience with a smartphone. I had a regular old cell phone that didn't even have a camera. But now that I am traveling more I ...
Summary: This is my first experience with a smartphone. I had a regular old cell phone that didn't even have a camera. But now that I am traveling more I have found a need for one. I very much wanted a iPhone after trying someone else's but refuse to pay the price for AT&T.
Best features: 1) WiFi
2) Syncs with my contact list at home and email accounts, however I have had problems with duplicate emails. The emails I delete on the Palm, I have to delete again when I get home. Double checking emails I don't have time for.
1) Lack of updated Flash.
I have a few glitches like watching videos, some come up with a error that I need the updated Flash drives which Palm has not made yet. So kinda annoying.
2) The battery life is the worst feature of this phone. I am constantly charging it. The first couple of days were really bad but the phone seems to have a breaking in point and I did download the recent software update which seemed to help.
3) The lack of apps is the other downfall. I am a birder and none of the birder apps like Peterson's work at all on Palms- only iPhones. I also have a hard time getting the real estate apps to work too. I don't mind paying for them - just make them!
3) Some glitches - seems to be slow to open apps and email, sometimes I get a white blank screen and not being able to make msn my homepage - the verizon page sucks! Facebook is ok, missing some features like games.
4) Paying the data fee $30 a month is ridiculous - a flat fee would be the best! Thank god I'm getting a corp discount - no activiation fee and 25% off accessories.
5) Bulky size for my hands, my old phone fit real nice and didn't look like some big bump in my skinny jeans. The keyboard is too small even for me, would have been perfect if it had a flip out keyboard like my mom's rogue. Holding the button and trying to enter numbers is a real pain.
Overall, It's not a bad intro into smartphones.
How could they not address the keyboard issues?
by drlizzle on April 14, 2010
Pros: Free mobile hotspot
Deck of cards feature and multitasking
Cons: THE KEYBOARD!!! Come on Verizon and Palm, you know they keyboard is broken. Make a fix already!!! Heres what your texts will look like on this phone "Heyy hw are ou doinggg?" Forget about sending an e-mail. Most frustrating thing ever.
Summary: Fix the Keyboard and I'll give it a 5.
I have had my Palm Pre Plus for Verizon for a little over 2 months now and want to kill ...
Summary: Fix the Keyboard and I'll give it a 5.
I have had my Palm Pre Plus for Verizon for a little over 2 months now and want to kill myself everytime I have to text or type an e-mail. I have had it replaced 3 times and still the same issue. Here is a sample text "Heyy hw are ou doinggg?" I mean come on, and with no onscreen keyboard, typing on this thing is so frustrating I no longer use it to text unless I have to and forget about sending an e-mail, nearly every word you type will have double letters or missing letters. The keyboard is completely broken on the Verizon edition and the only reason I still have the phone is because I am hoping they will come out with a fix. There are a lot of other people having this issue (just google it and you'll see) so hopefully Palm gets there butts in gear and makes a fix for this. Hopefully it's just a software issue.
Great mobile phone
by evergoose79 on April 13, 2010
Pros: This phone is a great compact size with a very clear screen. Syncing and contact list is great. Search and help functions are are easy to use. I love the calender and the touch screen. Finding apps are easy and affordable.
Cons: The sound quality is not that great, but it is decent. The cover for the battery charger is a little annoying and I didn't like the charging stand that I was given. It does not have as many apps as some of the popular phones.
Summary: This phone is awesome. The size is perfect for my purses with small pockets; it takes up as much space as some of my flip phones. The touchscreen is very ...
Summary: This phone is awesome. The size is perfect for my purses with small pockets; it takes up as much space as some of my flip phones. The touchscreen is very fluid and the use of gestures makes it easy to move from screens and minimize and maximize. The Palm does not have some of the popular apps; however, they do have a variety of free and relatively cheap apps, like Pandora. Plus, it is very easy to search for apps on this phone too. Syncing is a breeze and you can link different profiles under one contact. The contacts lets you put in addresses, birthdays, e-mails, notes, and fills in the info if you have the information on Facebook, Yahoo, and hotmail if you have it already. The calendar option is handy. If you put a phone number in the calendar you can call from there, and if you put in an address you can Google map the location. It is also pretty easy to save contact information from numbers that you just dialed also. I linked all of my e-mail accounts, so I can check my inboxes at one time. The help menu is also pretty friendly and the camera takes great pictures, it just does not have zoom. There is also a button on the outside of the phone to turn sound on and off, however, I will say the sound is not the best out there. The battery lasts pretty long. I had to use the plug in charger from the phone; the one that had a stand to lay the phone on actually drained my battery.
It does everything, all at the same time.
by jmr1571 on April 11, 2010
Pros: Mobile Hot Spot, Multitasking, keyboard
Cons: poor advertising at launch
Summary: Great phone
Summary: Great phone
The best OS ( Operating System) ever created!
by thestonetable on April 4, 2010
Pros: Free hot spot service making your phone a wifi monster for your laptop, ipod touch, ipad... etc!
Cons: Keys are a bit small. Not too bad!
Summary: I know that everyone is in love with the iphone and the Android phones are really fast and good, but the Palm Pre Plus is no slouch! I just bought ...
Summary: I know that everyone is in love with the iphone and the Android phones are really fast and good, but the Palm Pre Plus is no slouch! I just bought the phone and even the battery is not as bad as everyone says! With the new updates battery life s pretty good and flash is coming soon! Also with Verizon making the phone 50 bucks and the hotspot wifi service 0.. yes 0 dollars and not the mind blowing 40 a moths, this phone is a no brainer to buy. Android and iphone don't do many things this phone can do! Try it! You'll love it!
More phone, less headache, MIFI
by stringboy on April 4, 2010
Pros: General design and display are top notch. WebOS is easy to use. Gesturing has become fun. Wireless access point is now Free!
Cons: The lip around the keyboard makes it awkward to type on sometimes. Battery Life.
Summary: I have been watching the Palm Pre since last year and now that the Plus version on Verizon is $50 with wireless access free (I would have switched to Sprint ...
Summary: I have been watching the Palm Pre since last year and now that the Plus version on Verizon is $50 with wireless access free (I would have switched to Sprint last year if it had tethering), this is a no-brainer for anyone who isn't drunk on Apple kool-aide or Geeking on Android. The WebOS is smooth and intuitive. I have spent most of my time listening to Pandora.
Overall an amazing phone.
by musicislife25 on April 2, 2010
Pros: I love the organic display and how well it can multi task. You can have plenty of apps running without slowing the phone down. The gesture area is super responsive and the over all look of the phone is sleek and stylish.
Cons: The battery life is definitely a draw-back. Its even low in comparison to other smartphones. However, it does charge VERY quickly (like an hour and a half for a full charge), so that makes up for it slightly.
Summary: I just love this phone. The notifications are clever as well as the multi tasking capabilities. Everything is easy to find and use and, despite the rather small keys, its ...
Summary: I just love this phone. The notifications are clever as well as the multi tasking capabilities. Everything is easy to find and use and, despite the rather small keys, its quick and easy to surf the web, text, send full emails, or update your calendar. Also, the ability to merge and see multiples calenders is very nice, great for a person on the go with many commitments. The App store is quite small, but I see it growing larger and there are plenty of cool things there to keep one busy. Also the unique look and feel are great for those who enjoy a fashionable phone that not too many people have. The hotspot app is FAR too expensive for what it is. Definitely a cool idea and feature, but the price tag does not actually reflect what it actually does. Hopefully that will go down in the future.
The battery life is probably the main and only real substantial drawback (the only thing keeping the user from giving it a full 5 stars). I get barely a day of normal use, less than that if I am using a lot of energy costly apps like pandora or games. It does charge very quickly so a car charger comes in handy. A 20 minute car ride will take it from 15% to about 50%, so the quick charge is at least some sort of a counter balance.
Ultimately I love this phone. I would say everyone should go out and get one, but I do like being the only guy on the block with one. Makes all the other kids jealous. :-)
Great phone--excellent touchscreen, OS, good keyboard.
by jmberger on March 8, 2010
Pros: Intuitive integration of applications
Good interface with Microsoft Exchange server, other e-mail services
I like having a physical keyboard
Dedicated switch to turn volume off, vibrate on
Cons: Minor quibbles only: charger hard to access, a few other small things.
Quality calls, messaging, internet.
by rumpled on March 7, 2010
Pros: Being able to use multiple screens, small, fast internet, email fast, messaging fast, call quality, music, Now fixed battery life. Sync calendar with google so have it online and on phone. Easy on mac to transfer past data to phone.
Cons: typing can be iffy (multiple characters), until last fix- battery life was dismal but now, it lasts days! Apps are eh. Would like to be able to zoom on camera.
- Manufacturer: Palm
- Part number: palmpreplus
- Description: The Palm Pre Plus phone gives you double the memory in a refined design. And like the original Palm Pre, it helps you navigate your life with a vivid touchscreen, full keyboard, and the intuitive Palm webOS platform, which runs multiple apps at once. View websites and watch videos in widescreen. Slide out the keyboard to fire off a text or email. Bring work and personal events or contacts together in one simple view. All in an elegant design that fits perfectly in your hand and your life. Palm Pre Plus gives you a large, bright touchscreen for watching videos, viewing websites, or flipping through photos. Along with a keyboard that slides out for easy texting and email. All in a design that feels as nice as it looks. And you can use Palm Pre Plus with the Touchstone charging dock, the incredibly simple way to charge your phone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Slider - Full keyboard,
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 4.9 oz
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Palm webOS
- Input Device(s) QWERTY keyboard,
Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM)
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Downloadable Content Music
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Touch screen,
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards eAAC+,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 3 megapixels
- Camera Light Source LED light
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Type LCD display - Color
- Diagonal Size 3.1 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Display Illumination Color White
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 330 min,
Standby - up to 350 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter