Palm Pixi makes its debut

Palm stole the headlines in the smartphone world this year with the introduction of its face-saving handset, the Pre. Now three months later, the little sister named the Pixi is here. The Pixi is due to launch during the holiday season on Sprint. The Pixi is very similar to the Pre, aside from the fact that it is smaller and its keyboard is a candy bar style phone. It still has WebOS (it will include the 3.1 update) but on the downside, it lacks some popular features like Wi-Fi.

This is Palm's second WebOS smartphone and is targeted at a younger audience. It also has a nice fresh design and some new features to make it competitive in the smartphone market.

A few people at Gizmodo, CNET and Engadget got their hands on the Pixi and they were all pretty impressed with what they saw despite not being allowed to handle the device. Engadget really liked the industrial design of the phone and feels the phone is very well put together. CNET walked away impressed overall while Gizmodo praised the keyboard and said it was easier to type as each key was raised when compared to the Pre.

Features wise the Pixi lacks Wi-Fi but still has GPS functionality and an accelerometer. The Pixi stands at 2.63 inches and has a 320x400 resolution. There is also a 2-megapixel camera inside the phone. It is Palm's thinnest phone ever according to the press release. Palm are offering a limited edition model with designs on the back cover, similar to offerings from Dell and Microsoft on their laptop and Zune MP3 player products respectively.

There is no word on the pricing as of yet but sources are saying that it is definitely going to be less than the $150 price of the Pre on Sprint. Palm hasn't confirmed the launch date either but they are targeting a release before the holidays.

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It still has WebOS (it will include the 3.1 update) but on the downside,

Hmm... yeah.... reading too much apple these days are we? There is no 3.1 update. The latest Palm OS (not public) is 1.2 for WebOS.

Thanks for playing!

Sprint plans are awesome and the data network is blazing fast. Now they are including unlimited mobile to mobile calling and I am loving the palm pre.

Personally if the price on this is $100 or less with a plan, I'll probably be switching to Sprint this fall. Lack of wi-fi isn't an issue because Sprint's data network is pretty much equivalent to DSL here (the Megalopolis, Boston to be precise). The downside is that tethering costs extra

No it doesn't. I enabled tethering on my Pre just like I did on every other Sprint Palm or PPC phone I've owned and as long as you don't start running torrents or anything you are fine. Once you start pulling down gigs and gigs a month they may complain but I've never had an issue with casual tethering.

The thing is, with the Pre, I hardly need to tether because I already have a good web, email, and streaming audio/video experience so it tends to be simpler to just do things on the phone.

Looks too tall, I don't like the space between the keyboard and the screen. I guess it's the gesture area, but that's only a concept that looks good when there's a slide out keyboard or no keyboard at all, in my opinion anyway.

simon360 said,
Looks too tall, I don't like the space between the keyboard and the screen. I guess it's the gesture area, but that's only a concept that looks good when there's a slide out keyboard or no keyboard at all, in my opinion anyway.

I agree. It's not horrible, but if you're going to have an empty space like that you should put something decorative there or something to break up the negative space... Otherwise it doesn't look bad...

It's not empty space. It's a gesture area like the Pre has. The idea behind it is that you can make navigational gestures without covering the screen.

neodorian said,
It's not empty space. It's a gesture area like the Pre has. The idea behind it is that you can make navigational gestures without covering the screen.

I'd rather have a larger touch screen. The black empty area is the first thing I noticed too.

neodorian said,
It's not empty space. It's a gesture area like the Pre has. The idea behind it is that you can make navigational gestures without covering the screen.

I do realize that, but still feel that something should be there... It looks odd with that big empty area... I'm also not sure that covering a bit of the screen as you gesture to do something is really that great a hindrance...