Summary: The Pixi is clearly marketed as the budget device in the webOS lineup, evident by the lack of Wi-Fi, a smaller screen, and a less powerful processor. That being said, it has distinct advantages over the Pre, such as size, lack of moving parts, a more tactile keyboard, and a lower price tag. Though I see a great deal of potential in the future of webOS, like anything else in the wireless industry, it will boil down to personal preference.
Summary: While not as powerful as the Pre, the Palm Pixi offers first-time smartphone buyers a decent set of features in a sleek little package. However, to be really competitive, we think it needs to come down in price just a touch.
Pros: The Palm Pixi features a remarkably thin design and an improved QWERTY keyboard. An updated OS brings Yahoo integration as well as enhanced messaging features. It also offers Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support.
Cons: Lacks Wi-Fi. The smartphone can be sluggish and battery can drain quickly. The camera's picture quality is subpar and still lacks video recording and editing options.
Excerpt: Last year was a big year for Palm, with the Pre announced at CES in January, and the Pixi announced in the fall. We’ve finally got our thoughts on the Pixi, from the webOS operating system to the Touchstone charging technology and everything in between. Get the rundown after the break.
Pros: Lightweight and slim design., Great QWERTY keyboard., Fast EVDO network., Touchstone inductive charging technology.
Cons: webOS still considerably slow., Third-party app catalog still small.
Conclusion: Do I think you should drop your Pre for the Pixi? No. Do I think this phone is placed at the right price range for a SmartPhone of this type of calliber? Yes, absolutely. Go ahead and become a part of the 100 other people who purchased this device. They love it. You should too. Its small, pocketable, reliable and fun to use.
Conclusion: The Palm Pixi is an affordable, fun and intuitive smartphone. We still like webOS quite a lot, though the Pixi's hardware doesn't show it off as well as the $50 more expensive Palm Pre. If you're upgrading from a Centro there's a lot to like, including the much more modern OS with multitasking, a good GPS, and support for Sprint's myriad services like Sprint TV and NFL Mobile. We're not in love with the keyboard, but we weren't a fan of the Centro's either.
Pros: Small and pocketable QWERTY smartphone, fresh OS.
Excerpt: The new Palm Pixi is in many ways a successor to the Palm Centro: small, inexpensive, and useful. Jen Edwards brings us a review of the second webOS device, which[...
Pros: Very small size, extremely pocketable, Gorgeous display, Intuitive, easy to use controls, Surprisingly robust music player application, Excellent email functionality, Very good mobile web experience
Cons: Keyboard is usable, but not ideal for heavy use, Relatively low volume output, Battery life is acceptable, but could be better, Camera is acceptable, but could be much better
Summary: On the surface, the Pixi is a very attractive phone. It has a great, intuitive, user interface. However, to overcome the performance issues, users have to use the Pixi as a very basic smartphone: try to do as little as possible with it, and it might run just “OK”. While this is really your choice to put up with the slow performance (again check the video to see if you think it’s “too” slow), I would personally not go for it.