Hands-on With The Palm Pre Plus, Pixi Plus For Verizon

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Today, Palm announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for Verizon. Both devices will be available starting January 25. What’s new about the Pre Plus is a boost in internal memory from 8GB to 16GB. It’s also sans rubber nubbin on the front. Oh, and it comes Touchstone compatible out of the box. The Pixi Plus comes with built-in Wi-Fi.

All Pre and Pixi devices – Plus or not – will receive the webOS 1.4 update in February that adds support for video recording. Pre Plus and Pixi Plus owners will be privy to a beta Flash 10 plug-in starting next month. Both devices will have access to a hotspot app turning their respective webOS devices into mobile hotspots. No word on price for either device.

Pre Plus
Pixi Plus

Following are key features and specifications available on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus:

• webOS – Allows customers to run multiple applications simultaneously and provides over-the-air software updates delivered automatically to their devices
• Palm Synergy™ – Brings customers’ information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view
• Unobtrusive notifications and universal search
• Palm App Catalog – Currently offers more than 1,000 webOS applications for download
• High-speed connectivity
• Gesture area – Enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
• Full QWERTY keyboard
• High-performance, desktop-class Web browser
• Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
• Integrated GPS
• Robust messaging support (combining IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
• E-mail, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal e-mail support (Google Gmail™ push, Yahoo!®, POP3, IMAP)
• VZ Navigator(SM) – Allows customers to get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others
• USB mass storage mode
• Proximity sensor – Automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display when consumers put their phones to their ears
• Light sensor – Reduces power usage by dimming the display if the ambient light is dark
• Accelerometer – Automatically orients Web pages and photos
• Ringer switch – Easily silences the device with one touch
• Removable, rechargeable battery
• Multimedia options, including pictures, video playback and music as well as a camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5 mm headset jack
• Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
• Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Additional Palm Pre Plus Specs

• 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
• Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
• Dimensions: 2.35″ x 3.96″ x 0.67″
• Weight: 4.89 ounces
Additional Palm Pixi Plus Specs

• 2.0 megapixel camera with LED flash
• Fixed QWERTY keyboard
• Dimensions: 2.17″ x 4.37″ x 0.43″
• Weight: 3.26 ounces

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