Palm Pre Plus vs. Palm Pre – Review

by Jerry D on June 5, 2010

Despite some great buzz and favourable reviews, the Palm Pre has failed to spark the imagination of consumers. The iPhone 3GS and Android handsets like HTC Desire have provided stiff competition. So what exactly is the ‘Plus’ in the Palm Pre Plus?

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Connectivity:

In terms of wireless connectivity, the Pre Plus includes 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. It’s a specification carried across from the original Pre, which features 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP (headset only).

Size & Weight:

In terms of raw size and weight, the Pre Plus and the Pre measure the same 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm. But there’s a slight difference in terms of weight. Put the two phones on the scales and the Palm Pre Plus weighs 138g, while the Pre is a touch lighter at 133g.

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Camera:

The Pre Plus’s 3.15 Megapixel camera features LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture options. The original Pre model also sports a 3.15 Megapixel camera (with LED flash and geo-tagging). Video capture wasn’t available at launch but was added in the WebOS 1.4 update). Ultimately, there’s no real difference in camera quality here.

Screen/keyboard:

Headlining the Palm Pre Plus is a 3.1-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. There’s also a neat, slide-out QWERTY keyboard for data entry. The Pre’s touch-sensitive LCD display is the same size with the same resolution.

Storage:

Finally, here’s the ‘Plus’. The Pre Plus boasts 16GB of memory compared to the default 8GB capacity of the Pre. Like the Pre, the Pre Plus still lacks an expansion slot, so 16GB is all the storage you get. Similarly, the Pre is restricted to its 8GB of storage.

Battery life:

Measuring battery life isn’t an exact science. But Palm claims 4.0 hours of talktime for the Pre Plus, compared to 5.0 hours for the Pre. Standby times are 350 hours and 300 hours respectively. There’s still not much between them and the poor talktime is a worry for heavy phone users.

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Performance:

In terms of performance, both Palm Pre models are built around an ARM Cortex A8 chip, clocked at 600MHz. Both use Palm’s versatile (if unappreciated) webOS, which supports multi-tasking.

Extras:

Both Pre models includes PowerVR SGX graphics, GPS/A-GPS satellite location and that much-vaunted multi-tasking functionality.

The Palm Pre Plus wins!

palm pre plus Palm Pre Plus vs. Palm Pre   ReviewThe Pre Plus emerges as the winner of this fight, purely because of the fact that it comes with 16GB of memory compared to the original Pre’s 8GB. That said, the overall features still lag behind touchscreen titans like the HTC Desire and Apple iPhone.

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