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O2 UK Gets Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus Handsets

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

PalmPixiPlusIt seems that Palm is finally getting back on its feet. After a massive scare several weeks back about the company being bought out, Hewlett Packard has finally stepped in and has decided to purchase Palm. At this point, only Palm’s original CEO remains, the rest of the administrative level personnel have quit the company as the news of losses begun to spread.

Certainly, we can expect to see some impressive new products from the HP and Palm team up, particularly with the impressive patent library owned by Palm (as well as the WebOS user interface). Rumors are already stating that the cancelled HP tablet might see a new form as a Palm device. For now, the tie up will be bringing over the Palm Pixi Plus and the Palm Pre Plus to the UK.

O2 UK has announced that they will be offering the two smart phones to their customers.

The Palm Pixi Plus looks a lot like the original Pixi, but with the WiFi support. This is actually one of the major drawbacks of the original handset. The device still sports the small touch screen display, a portrait oriented QWERTY keyboard and of course, the WebOS mobile platform.

The Palm Pre Plus on the other hand is a touch screen smart phone that also closely resembles the original phone with a few small changes to the look. The keyboard and trackball has been changed slightly as well; the device now uses a trackpad while the keyboard buttons were re-adjusted for a better typing experience. Compared to the Pixi Plus, the Pre Plus has gotten more upgrades. The internal memory and the RAM have been doubled from the original handset (16GB for internal storage and 512MB for RAM).

It has been confirmed that both handsets are available for free depending on the plan selected.

Palm Pre Plus Heading for UK

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Palm Pre Plus (2)Available exclusively on the O2 network, the Palm Pre Plus is an updated version of the popular Palm Pre mobile device.  Upon first glance, the most noticeable changes are the replacement of the front button with a smooth touch-sensitive equivalent backlit by an LED, and the slightly-upgraded keyboard with a bit stiffer keys for more robust tactile feedback to help you type more accurately. Additionally, the Pre Plus has been updated with a matte finish backplate compatible with the Touchstone inductive charging interface that also lends to a more visually-appealing design, as it is less prone to fingerprints and smudges. Underneath the exterior, the Pre Plus has received some increases in both memory and storage, bringing up the level of functionality a bit.

Aside from these hardware updates, not much else has changed from the original Pre, though don’t let that discourage you; the Pre Plus is quite an entertaining mobile device for users interested in web-browsing, ease-of-use, and versatility balanced with a wide range of functionality. While the Pre Plus may not be the most powerful mobile device on the market, its jack-of-all-trades approach makes it a solid contender. A great phone for casual and veteran users alike and depending on your plan can cost you from an affordable £99 to as little as nothing, making for some great Palm Pre Plus deals.

Palm Pre PlusThe Pre Plus has a smooth exterior similar in shape to a rounded stone—not entirely rectangular, and tapered near the bottom end—with a 320 x 480 capacitive touchscreen capable of displaying vivid 24-bit colour as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Though the keyboard did undergo a bit of tweaking which makes it much easier to get a feel for typing on the Pre Plus, it can still get a little cramped and make it difficult to type as speedily as you might on the Pixi Plus, for example.

With the addition of an extra 256 MB of memory and 8GB of storage, bringing the total to 512MB and 16GB respectively, the Pre Plus is noticeably faster than its predecessor and lends itself to efficient and powerful multitasking to make the best use of Palm‘s webOS. Open multiple applications at once—sometimes as many as 25 or 30—without a significant slowdown, then utilize the intuitive interface to organize your open apps by dragging and rearranging them like a deck of cards. You can easily flip between apps and tap one to maximize it, and then switch back to what you were doing without losing your place or your information, or drag apps off the screen to automatically close them and clean up some clutter on your screen. Multitouch gesture support also allows you to quickly zoom in and out on a page to make reading much easier, making the Pre Plus great for viewing content.

Palm webOSAdditionally, Palm’s webOS helps you focus your attention on what is important to you by consolidating information. Palm Synergy gathers data from a wide variety of sources—contact and calendar information from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo!, and others, texts, social networking data—and collects it into similar groups to make it easy to get the information you need at a glance. Texts and IM conversations with a specific person are recognized as one conversation, letting you continue chatting with people across a variety of supported methods, such as e-mail, SMS, multimedia messaging, and instant messaging clients. Palm Synergy even gathers accompanying information for each contact, allowing you to see your past conversations with them, their LinkedIn profile, Facebook status updates, and more. Palm Synergy allows all of your applications to work together closely and maximises the functionality of your Pre Plus. Different calendars can be viewed together to compare plans and appointments, applications can search the web and easily add a date to your calendar or update your contacts with a simple tap, and each application can access information on another to help present you with the most pertinent details and functions to suit your needs.

To help you navigate all of this information, the Pre Plus implements Palm’s Universal Search feature; just start typing and Universal Search will automatically begin searching through the information on your phone as you type, as well as give you the option to search places such as Google, Google Maps, Wikipedia or Twitter. Likewise, to help you keep on top of all of your appointments and important events, as well as any incoming e-mails and texts, webOS displays incoming notifications at the bottom of the screen to give you a quick glimpse at new information without interrupting what you’re doing. Whether you want to learn more or you want to hide it for the time being, all you have to do is tap the screen once and easily take care of it. Over-the-air services allow you to back up all of your information wirelessly on a schedule as well, making sure you never lose your important data. Backup contacts, calendar items, and applications every day, and even remotely wipe your data should your phone get lost or stolen to protect your privacy.

Palm Pre Plus (3)The Pre Plus also has a number of entertainment features; it’s great for multimedia and web-browsing when you’re not using it to get your work done. A 3-megapixel camera with extended depth of field and an LED flash allow you to quickly snap pictures or record video, and then upload them to the internet using the Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr applications. Built-in GPS also allows you to add geo tagging information to all of your photos to include location. E-mail, integrated IM, and text/multimedia messaging support let you keep in touch with friends, and direct push technology makes sure you get your e-mails instantly so you’re always in the loop. You can even sync your Pre Plus with a Microsoft Exchange server to read your corporate email and view calendars and contacts on the go. With Palm Synergy, all of your conversations are gathered into one place to make keeping in touch that much easier; you can even make a call just by simply tapping the header of a conversation window and you’ll immediately begin calling the contact associated with that conversation. The Pre Plus also supports a number of popular music formats such as MP3, AAC and WAV, as well as Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo so you can listen to your favourite tunes on the go, or use the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack for a wired alternative. Read some more Palm Pre reviews to get more opinions on this new phone.

Germany to Get Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Palm Pre PlusBy way of Vodafone Germany and O2 Germany, two small sized yet super impressive Palm smart phones will finally be reaching European shores. This has brought up plenty of rumors and hopes that the Palm phones may actually make it to UK stores. O2 UK has great news for Palm fans as they have just confirmed that they too will be stocking the devices pretty soon.

Palm’s Pixi smart phone was first announced last September 2009 and has gotten plenty of positive feedback regarding the device’s balance of hardware features, capabilities and most importantly, size. It probably packs the most features-to-size ratio of its time. The Palm QWERTY keyboard also provides easy typing for users with well designed keys that even users with larger fingers will find easy to operate.

Germany will be getting the Pixi Plus, which is basically the very same phone as the original Pixi with the addition of video recording capability and WiFi connectivity –a major feature that was missing in the original phone.

The Palm Pre Plus, much like the Pixi Plus, takes after another older model from Palm, the Pre. The smart phone is a portrait oriented slider device with a QWERTY keyboard. The specs are much like the Pixi Plus though it has a better 3 mega pixel camera.

Both smart phones lack support for micro SD cards and rely entirely on their internal memory. For the small size of the devices, this little compromise is easy to deal with. The Palm phones also make use of the WebOS mobile platform which turns the user experience into something that is both enjoyable and easy.

The only hesitation people may have about the two phones is the fact that there are rumors that Palm might be closing shop soon. If this happens, further OS support and patches may no longer be provided to users.

Get to know more about the German launch of the Palm handsets at the GSM Arena.

The Palm Pre Arrives In October

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Palm Pre (1)When we first discussed the Palm Pre mobile phone with you earlier this month we were quite bitter, to say the least, that even though it had already become available in the United States we still had no word of the date it might be hitting UK shelves. However, there has now been some good news on that front, with O2 having just officially confirmed that the Palm Pre will become available to residents of the UK on the 16th of October. Buyers will have the choice of buying through O2 directly, or else either Carphone Warehouse or Phones4U.

From what we’ve heard, it seems that the Palm Pre’s tariffs are going to be pretty steep; to the extent that they’ve actually been compared with those of the iPhone.

If you want to get the mobile phone for free you will have to sign up for an 18 month plan, costing just over £44 per month, or the much more expensive contract of just over £73 per month.

Those of you who don’t mind the idea of being locked in for 24 months will however have the much more reasonable options of a £34.26 per month plan which will still include a free Palm Pre handset. Of course, there is also the option to buy the handset by itself, which will cost you just under £97; however because all of the tariffs come with unlimited data packages while will let you make the most of the mobile phone’s internet abilities, £34.26 a month doesn’t sound too unreasonable to us.

As we discussed earlier this week, the Palm Pre is a very impressive handset that could be the first true rival of the iPhone; something we will have a clearer picture on when October rolls around.

Palm Pre Faces Legal Issues After Exclusive Deal With O2

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

O2 LogoWe recently published an article discussing how the Palm Pre would be made available across the United Kingdom exclusively on the O2 mobile phone network – however there are now some legal issues looming after other retailers have started selling the handset sim free.

Both Handtec and m Phone have the Palm Pre for sale sim free, listed on their websites, (Handtec for £517 and m Phone for £450,) despite O2’s promise of exclusive distribution rights in the UK market. After word reached the top, Palm‘s lawyers were quick to act, requesting that both websites remove the listing immediately; we can report that currently neither website has the sim free Palm Pre available online at this time.

This is both good and bad news; the good news is that O2 was not short changed on the arrangement and that Palm once again proved to be a reputable company. The bad news is however that you wont be able to get a sim free Palm Pre in the UK any time soon and will be forced to sign up with O2 on a 12 or 24 month plan – although on the plus side the prices Handtec and m Phone had the Palm Pre listed for suggest the contract will be a reasonable one and the handset may be included free. This cannot currently be confirmed, but as a lower priced mobile phone it is not unlikely.

With its superb design and quality brand name, it is still worth committing yourself to a contract – especially if the handset and plan over 12 months come to a total of less than £500, which based on past trends in the UK phone market we can speculate it will be.

Pre Order Palm Pre in the UK

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Palm Pre Palm’s latest mobile phone, the “Pre”, is headed to the UK. Although there is no official release date yet we’ve just received word from Softpedia News that the handset has just been made available for pre ordering across the country.

One of the reasons to get a pre order Pre, is the fact that you will receive your handset unlocked; so unlike other users you can use your existing SIM card or shop around for the best deals on new plans and prepaid carriers.

You can order it online, either from HandTec for £517.49, which is approximately US $856, or else you can get it for £449.98 from mPhone, which is roughly US $826. There is no clear reason for the discrepancy in price tags on the spiffy new mobile phone, but undoubtedly both will sell out.

Neither of the websites give buyers a set date for delivery, meaning that we are still no closer to knowing an exact launch date – however the option for pre order popping up on two different sites does give us hope that it may hit stores sometime in October, facing off against Motorola and LG’s much anticipated new handets, also set for release sometime next month.

The Palm Pre boasts a 3.1 inch touch screen display, a 3.2 mega pixel camera, GPS, as well as a dedicated internet browser and email support, including POP3, IMAP and Outlook. Naturally, with these features it also has a full QWERTY keyboard, as is fast becoming the norm with all mobile phones these days.

You will also have access to a whole host of applications, both new and old, designed to enhance your Pre experience.

Palm Pre: Charge it On the Go!

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

palm-pre-frontPalm Pre is the long awaited slider phone from Palm that debuted recently. It is totally packed with features expected from a top-quality manufacturer like Palm. It has a 3.1 inch touchscreen that facilitates smooth switching between applications by the stroke of your finger. The 3MP camera has an LED flash and enough memory to store all your data. This good looking phone is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2009 and dealers all over the world are waiting to make a contract Palm Pre on contract for Palm Pre. It is unclear whether it will be sold as a sim-free sim free mobile phones phone or not.

Palm-pre-back-and-frontPalm has developed a new method for input of data in Palm Pre that doesn’t bring the screen into picture. For this, a gesture bar is provided under the screen in the form of a black surface. This bar was especially designed keeping in mind that users find it difficult to manage a touchscreen singlehandedly. The gesture bar can be used to work on the upper portion of the screen conveniently even while traveling. Reachable display screens are a must for effective use of the mobile phone and that is exactly what Palm has tried to do. Now whether Palm Pre will be sold with free gifts Palm Pre with free gifts or not will be known as time passes.

I have always disliked the long traveling hours just because my mobile phone cannot be charged in that time. Palm sort of got to know my woes and has introduced Touchstone with Palm Pre- the first wireless charger! You can charge your Palm Pre even when you are away from an electric socket- anytime. So you can have any connection such as T-Mobile Palm Pre on T-Mobile or any other, but charging is no longer a problem.

Palm Pre: Make a Gesture

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Palm-PrePalm Pre has already created a cult following since it was launched. It boasts of a huge touchscreen that can run numerous applications at the same time. The QWERTY keyboard is revealed as you slide the phone, which you will mostly not need as the touch interface is good enough. It has accurate GPS navigation so that you find your way out quickly. It has been exclusively launched by Sprint that is sure to make Palm Pre its flagship mobile phone. Mostly, Palm Pre contract Palm Pre contract would be made only on Sprint. The only thing that you can know is when the desired phone would be out for sale.

As per the reports about Palm Pre, there is no chance to power it on other networks like Palm Pre on Virgin since it is going to be launched on the Now network only. Palm Pre simplifies working due to its new gesture bar, a black space below the screen. This bar can be used to work with both hands and also reach the upper area of the touchscreen. To add to this, Palm Pre has a smart webOS from Palm that can rapidly search applications, contacts, appointments and the Internet at the same time. You will be impressed by the card system for applications that give you the freedom to work on multiple tasks without closing and opening several windows.

There are Palm Pre reviews that mention about its wireless charger. The Touchstone is the first wireless charger to hit the market and is specially designed for Palm Pre. There are rumors that this charger may not be included in the mobile phone package, but people are anyway ready to buy it. When a mobile phone deals offers so much along with a 3MP camera, Bluetooth and accelerometer, why would anyone complain?

Palm Pre: Think Ahead

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Palm-PrePalm recently launched its much awaited brand new slider phone, Palm Pre. It has a touch sensitive display on its 3.1 inch wide touchscreen. This phone has a full QWERTY keyboard that can be changed to a portrait orientation by just shaking it. Palm Pre has incorporated the accelerometer in its device that is useful for flipping the display screen on its side. This feature is a boon for gaming enthusiasts as you can actually have the feel of striking a ball in a tennis game by simply using your phone like a tennis racquet. It will take some time before you can buy this curvy handset, but it is going to create a storm whenever it is open for a Palm Pre contract contract.

Palm Pre photoPalm Pre has been installed with Palm’s latest webOS platform and an OMAP CPU from TI to complement the same. Palm feels that this combination can give the user an experience of working on a laptop. The touch interface helps in smooth switching between applications and saves on time too. If you have almost made up your mind to buy Palm Pre after reading all this, you will need to decide on the connection like Orange Palm Pre on Orange that has to be bought for making the phone operational.

The Palm Pre also has other wonderful features such as a 3MP camera with LED flash and a microUSB plug for storing a large amount of data. The most original feature of Palm Pre is undoubtedly the wireless charger that has never been developed for any other contract mobile contract mobile phones phone. This charger is aptly called ‘Touchstone’ and it actually looks like a black stone that can fit in your hand! This charger is very handy while you are traveling and is the subject matter for many Palm Pre Palm Pre review reviews.

Look forward to the new Palm Pre

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Held on the 8th – 11th of January in Las Vegas was the CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Such an event is never a letdown, which a number of giants in the mobile phone industry always read to unveil something new that they are really very excited about.

This year Palm unveiled its newest mobile phone to be released at some point in 2009, the Palm Pre. Expected to be released in the US in the first half of the year and closely followed by its released to the rest of the world.

Not only is Palm Pre the newest offering from Palm, but also the newest offering the Palm mobile platforms. The Palm Pre will be the first phone, to operate the webOS, something Palm are very excited about (more about this mobile platform in future blog posts).

So, what does the Palm pre offer?

  • 3 Megapixel camera
  • 3.1 inch touch screen
  • Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Bluetooth
  • Integrated GPS
  • Slide QWERTY keyboard
  • 8GB integrate memory

The Palm Pre features (mentioned above) will not light the world on fire (unlike the Nokia N97 due for release in Q2 2009), a standard smart phone that we all have come to expect. However, do not make your mind up yet, until you have heard more about the webOS mobile platform that will be run on this phone.