Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Hands On

The bulk of my afternoon was spent getting some hands-on time with both the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus for Verizon Wireless. Both look very similar to their Sprint counterparts. The Palm Pre Plus no longer has the trackball looking home button, replaced with a larger gesture area. This makes the device look cleaner, since it’s virtually flat across the entire front surface. We tested a few of the sliders and they felt improved. The keyboard is the most improved part of the Palm Pre Plus. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s a cross between the existing Palm Pre keyboard and the super-tactile Palm Pixi keyboard. Gone are the orange hues, replaced with gray.  The Palm Pre Plus has the same processor, memory and internals as the existing Palm Pre, save for the added memory. The Palm Pre Plus offers 16GB of storage compared to the 8GB Palm Pre.

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The Palm Pixi Plus gets the added benefit of WiFi. Outside of the new neon backplates, no big changes for the sibling of the Pre Plus.

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Software releases will dictate which model you select. The Palm Pre Plus (and Palm Pre) support all the new 3D games. All webOS devices will support Flash and offer video recording, editing and sharing with webOS 1.4. Even more impressive is the Verizon-only Hotspot app. While we wait for pricing, it’s great value add to turn your Palm webOS device into a personal MiFi that allows connectivity for up to 5 devices. Our live blog was made possible with the MiFi – an overall great product. New webOS device owners will have the ability to turn their phone into their personal MiFi.

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Overall,  the Palm Pre Plus offers some subtle, but nice improvements combined with the added storage. The Palm Pixi Plus adds the much needed WiFi component. A nice package when you consider it will be available on Verizon’s network.

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Palm Introduces Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, Coming To Verizon Wireless

Palm today introduced two updated devices to the family of webOS phones. The Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus will be available on Verizon Wireless starting on January 25th. Pricing for both phones is not available as of yet. Both Verizon Palm phones will offer a unique Mobile Hotspot application that will allow 5 devices to connect to the Internet using your webOS phone. The HotSpot application will be exclusively for Verizon versions of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi and will be available in the App Catalog. No word on whether this will require an additional plan, though we are betting it will.

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Other notable changes include the bump up from 8GB to 16GB on the Palm Pre Plus and the addition of WiFi to the Palm Pixi Plus.

WiFi Capable Palm Pixi Clears FCC, Heading for Verizon

The FCC is always good for an advance look of what’s coming down the pike and Engadget managed to find an application for a CDMA/EVDO Palm Pixi with WiFi. The model number is P121EWW, a number seen in previous leaks. No word on whether there are any other significant changes.

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With a Verizon Palm Pixi toting WiFi on the way, you have to wonder why Sprint/Palm didn’t include WiFi on current model? How will this news affect existing Palm Pixi sales? If Verizon is still planning on releasing the Pre, is there enough differentiation between a WiFi Palm Pixi and the Pre?

Palm Pixi Ad Touts WiFi Capability

In preperation for their holiday promotions, Sprint has created a holiday website promoting the various new phones in their lineup. The Palm Pixi, scheduled for release on November 15th, is among the phones offered by Sprint. It appears someone must have been guilty of some copy & paste from the Palm Pre’s product description, with the description showing the Palm Pixi as WiFi capable. For the record, the Palm Pixi does not feature WiFi.

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In any event, you can check out the Palm Pixi in Sprint’s new holiday promotion site. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to purchase the Pixi for just $99.

[via Engadget]