Palm Pixi Plus

End of April, Hewlett-Packard has announced to take over the ailing company Palm for 1.2 billion. The pixi plus so should be the last Palm model and actually comes in the almost classic Palm design.

  1. Palm pixi plus
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A nearly square display and including a full QWERTY keyboard – we know this from the old Treos. While Palm continues during the pre plus in favour of a larger display on the Sliderdesign, the little brother of pixi plus in bar format occurs. The front is framed by a rubber cover that is well in hand, gives support and certain means the device.

The Palm Pixi plus is neither particularly noble nor really cheap and might be ultimately a matter of taste. The cuteness anyway, the name pixi plus conveys, is not to discuss the 12 mm slim and 92 grams of light Smartphone. The pixi plus place required by the user but also some dexterity and reasonably good eyes also in narrow pockets comfortable.

Small screen, small keyboard

Because the touch-sensitive display with a diagonal of 2.6 inches even when compared to the mini competitors is small.

The same applies for the keyboard, on which however safer to tap due to the strongly arched, well apart used keys can be than one would expect that at the sight of the mini handle; This is certainly more convenient than the Zielerei on a touch screen.

If you want a really compact smartphone must compromise here just, and succeeded in the compromise in the face of the ordinary keyboard. About keyboard shortcuts also umlauts and German “ß” type, commonly used punctuation marks such as point and comma are without obtaining additional keystroke.

Quick grip

That life is good also with the small display can be located on the WebOS operating system. That is perfectly adapted to the touch screen operation and utilizes a unique concept: there are a handful of gestures, which are quickly learned, and free from the obsession with buttons and button actions for frequently used.

The gestures are performed on the display or on the touch-sensitive area between the screen and keyboard. A few examples: One menu level to go back if you move your finger from right to left, and to terminate a program, just sliding it upwards from the display.

All active programs are lined up as a small window on the display. The zoom around while surfing on the Web works like the iPhone by spreading two fingers. In terms of intuitive operation, WebOS is neck and neck with the iPhone or Google’s Android.

Many connections on the Web

Palm also offers an own online store with additional programs, which can be accessed directly from the menu. App catalog calls this service of the manufacturer, and since the market launch with the first Palm Pre last fall offering has grown considerably. There are also fee-based programs can be found since the end of March, much there is still free. However the offer in comparison to Apple’s AppStore or the Android market with their thousands of applications continues to be very clear.

Compared to the big brother pre plus has the pixi plus slimmed down only in a few places. The store was halved from 14 to 7 gigabytes, which should satisfy most users; only who want to download lots of music on your Smartphone, here quickly reaches limits, especially since lacks a memory card slot. Also, the processor is slower, resulting in occasional pauses for reflection.

In addition to wireless LAN and a GPS receiver offers the pixi plus a successful browser and can represent Office documents and e-mail messages in HTML format. The camera 2 megapixel photo resolution shoots only simple snapshots, rotate resolution at frame rate of 20 fps videos but at least 640 x 480 pixels.

A few gaps remain: how the alarm only when device is switched on and a direct synchronization with Outlook is not possible. By House is geared to sync Google services, fetches Facebook contact information but also in the address book.

Palm also offers an automatic data backup, as well as the possibility of losing the device to delete all data from a distance. Another highlight: with unlimited data is the pixi plus on the road use a Wi-Fi hotspot for the notebook.

Small battery, good sound

It shows in the laboratory and in the everyday life of battery (approximately 1100 mAh) is scarce. The endurance at heavy continuous use is good 4 hours, so the socket have Palm Pixi plus almost daily.

Transmission and reception quality fail something worse at the Motorola backflip and the HTC HD mini, in everyday life was thus but no problems. During the phone call that sounds Palm Pixi plus a little louder in direction but of course could be,. If you like compact Gets a successful and especially chic to use Smartphone here.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-Fi standard
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
SMS / MMS
SI.
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 07/10
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points