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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.