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Technology Review: Palm Pre Plus

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I would not call myself a technological guru nor would I call myself technologically ignorant. I guess being a blogging stay-at-home, social networking mommy makes me a little bit in between.

When it comes to the basics of setting up electronics I'm sure I could read manuals and figure it all out, but typically leave it up to my husband who's more suited in that realm of things. But learning my way around the Palm Pre Plus was pretty easy all things considered.

As I took the Palm Pre Plus out of the Verizon box I was immediately impressed by the size and shape of the Smartphone. It was very sleek, yet not too good looking to be functional.

The Palm Pre Plus features:

  • 3G-enabled smartphone with intuitive Palm webOS platform, touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard; easy integration with Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and more
  • GPS-enabled for turn-by-turn directions; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices
  • 16 GB internal memory; 3-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music streaming; Wi-Fi-enabled
  • Up to 5.5 hours of talk time, up to 350 hours (14.5 days) of standby time

What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, AC charger, micro USB cable, quick start guide, gesture guide, self-cleaning carry pouch.

One feature I loved about the Palm Pre Plus was it's incredibly fast connection to wireless and the fact that I didn't have to do any steps or change any settings. It was quite seamless even during our daily travels.

I also liked the ease of the touchscreen once I learned all of the directional queues, the clarity and crispness of the pictures, (better than some point-and-shoot cameras I've owned even), and the ease of getting onto my Gmail, and Facebook pages.

Palm Pre Plus makes it incredibly easy to access the Internet and any pages you might be interested in. Although not as simple as using your PC to surf the Web, it really does make many pages and features including chats very accessible.

I love the fact that I can flip between my personal and work emails with just the flick of my finger, to notepads or even the camera. While doing an interview this feature came in handy, and if you're a multi-tasker like me then you'll really enjoy that part of this phone.

As a phone the Palm Pre Plus did a wonderful job as well. Calls were clear and crisp with the Verizon wireless network and the colors on the phone were extremely bright. I'm glad that the phone buttons were located on the touch screen since dialing on the keypad each phone call would be very tedious.

The keypad itself was enlarged from the original Palm Pre, although I can't really imagine the keypad being any smaller. I have pretty small hands and fingers and had a little bit of difficulty typing. My husband, whose hands are larger than mine had a much harder time typing on this machine.

Another "big-handed" issue may be accessing the Internet. Of course this phone has great zoom in/zoom out capabilities which help if that is an issue.

I also noticed that I had to charge the phone pretty often, even when not in use. I'm not sure how the phone compares to other Smartphones, but it's doing a lot more than your average phone so I wouldn't expect it to stay charged as long as a non-Smartphone.

Overall I didn't see many cons to this phone; even the pricing with a contract is extremely desirable and if my contract was up I would certainly look into getting this phone. Remember data plans are not included in a typical phone contract and that would be something you would need to add if you wanted Internet access.

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