- PhoneArena Team , PhoneArena
Its size and feel is just wonderful and we think that many people would pick the Palm Pixi over the Pre because of this, even at the same price.
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
It's more sluggish than its predecessor
The Palm Pixi serves up a solid user experience as a $99.99 smartphone on Sprint. It offers good integration with social networks like Facebook, populates your address book automatically from e-mail accounts, and has a UI that's intuitive and fun to use.
Still, it's more sluggish than its predecessor, the Pre, and priced just below three highly competitive devices that may be a better purchase for power users looking for deeper customization. The HTC Hero, for example, sports HTC's Sense experience which integrates your contacts with Facebook and Twitter, and gives you seven home... Full review
Awesome design along with slow work
The Pixi is screwed. It's totally cannibalized by the technologically superior Pre, which you can find for under $100. Even if you can get the Pixi for $30 at Walmart, it's worth trading up to the Pre for $40 or $50 more if you're absolutely wedded to the idea of a webOS phone, simply for the speed and screen. Mostly the speed, since the Pixi is brain damaged, three-legged dog slow, as nice as the hardware is on the outside.
Not to mention, for a hundred dollars, there are phones that just offer better experiences and aren't in the same awkward position Palm is in the smartphone... Full review
Feels somewhat better than the Pre
The Pixi is well named. It is a tiny little phone. The back and sides are rounded and smooth, making it extremely comfortable to hold. It feels great in the hand, and is thin and light enough that it will be a welcome companion on any journey. The overall fit and finish of the Pixi feels somewhat better than the Pre did, which launched back in June. The materials are good and the phone feels and looks as though it is put together well.
The Pixi has a regular 3.5mm headset jack, meaning you can use most stereo headphones. It also can play back music via stereo Bluetooth. Music sounded r... Full review
A sleek, tiny device
It's hard to believe that Palm is already pushing its second webOS device, the Pixi, out the door. It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were eagerly awaiting the release of the Pre, a phone that was considered to be the last gasp for the badly ailing company, and now it's poised to add an entirely new handset to the mix. The Pixi -- a sleek, tiny device -- seems clearly aimed at the only market Palm has recently enjoyed unfettered success with: the Centro demographic. From the looks of things, the Pixi is positioned to step into the role of the "cheap and cute" smartphone once firmly... Full review
So small and light that it effortlessly slides into the pocket
Call quality was good on Pixi. Callers reported us as an 8.5-9, saying there was a very slight echo, almost like we were in a chamber, but that it was a very minor issue. On our end they sounded just fine with good volume and voice reproduction. Battery life on Palm Pixi is surprisingly good despite its petite size. Similarly to the Pre, it uses a 1150mAh battery, but we were able to get a day’s use out of it with about 1/3 of the battery remaining at bedtime.
The Pixi is a great compliment to the Pre and a worthy second entry into the webOS lineup. Its si... Full review
For Centro owners thinking of upgrading
Overall, I'm delighted with the Pixi. I was a Centro user and while researching, found that very few reviews focussed on the issues a Centro user might face beyond data transfer. So here goes: Pluses Ability to see multiple Calendars (iPhone friends drool at this one) and all your Contacts. Ability to charge from any computer using the USB connection. The AC connection is ingenious ie much smaller than most chargers one has had to use over the years. Ability to play You Tube videos Value is hard to match. GPS and Google positioning services. Minuses Speed - most actions were far more instantaneous on the Centro No ability to search the Calendar No ability to edit documents or create a new one. Documents to Go has been bought by RIM. (You can view Word, Excel, Pdfs.) Battery life is miserable but the charging options are certainly flexible. No text only option for web pages. While it does take a little time to learn WebOS, it is certainly worth the investment. A really useful review can be found at: [...]Less
Hate This *!#@&! Phone
In case you couldn't tell by the title, this phone is not my friend. I *hate* it. I had a Palm for two years before this and *loved* it, so I thought this would be an easy transition. Not so. Pro: I love how it syncs with Google Calendar and Contacts. It's nice to be able to update either of these sites and see the changes almost instantaneously on my phone. Cons: I hate to sound like a whiner, but I really hate this phone. Talk to any of my friends and they'll tell you how they've heard me curse it more than once. *Sometimes* when I make a call the touch screen will automatically go black, requiring me to hit the power button to get it to light up if I want to use speaker phone or just hang up the call. And the power up button doesn't bring up the touch screen fast enough so there's been more than one misdialed call recipient I've heard repeat "hello". PITA. This has got to be my biggest complaint - the lag and issues I've had with the touch screen. I even took it back to Sprint got the run around (don't get me started). Some other (mostly negative) comments: - Camera: The picture quality had been quite good, but lately the pictures are turning out quite dark. - Sound: It's hard to hear on speaker and the volume isn't loud enough on handset. It doesn't come with enough ringers. - Battery Life: TOO SHORT and doesn't give ample warning when it is running out. The plus is that it charges up quickly, but if you're only filling a thimble I suppose it wouldn't take long. - Other features: + There's no timer or countdown app. + When downloading Free Apps it will often time out and I think it didn't complete, only to find that I have a new app on my phone. + There's no easy way to delete a text conversation and the phone will store strings of texts indefinitely; to delete a text conversation you have to delete the message from him then the message from you then the message from him then the message from you (and so on) until the entire history of texting with this person is deleted. + There's no mouse, directional keys or select button; *everything* has to be done on the tiny touch screen. Imagine typing an IM and wanting to fix a mid-word typo. You have to keep touching the screen until you get it just right. PITA. I have been waiting four months to write a review on this POS. You see, I was in labor with my daughter when it started showing it's true colors and although the tech said he replaced it with a new one I'm pretty sure he gave me another busted one from the back cuz while at the hospital the next day I saw there was a shadow on the screen that wasn't there before. And it only got worse from there. I can't wait to get a new phone and be rid of this awful, crappy phone. Like another reviewer commented, I think I'll go with a Palm.Less
Web OS excellent
Switched from a BlackBerry and love this little phone. Even though it is smaller than my BB, the screen is larger. Pros: good keyboard; very nice display; webOS is incredible; nice apps; push email excellent; browsing great; multitasking fun; touchstone charger is GREAT idea; very responsive touch screen; 8GB internal memory (6.8 available), faster access than a card; very nice music player; camera and video recording is what you expect at this level.And it was FREE from Sprint! Cons: these are rather minor but should be listed: No WIFI, blame Sprint; occasionally freezes up for short duration (what smart phone doesn't?); sometimes tells you too many cards open when only 1 open; emails sometimes reappear after deletion even though sync to delete from server is active; need to reboot after installing 2 or 3 apps or else it may freeze up a little; not used to such short battery life so I have chargers for car, computer and a/c outlet...solves that. This has been called everything from a starter smart phone to a girlie phone..don't believe it. Crushes for the non-power user, probably not robust enough for geeks with no life. You want music, buy an mp3 player, you want pictures, buy a camera, you want power surfing, buy a laptop. This is a TELEPHONE, albeit with (great) benefits!Less
Excellent Little Phone
This phone replaced the Samsung Intercept (I purchased three of those and returned them after a few weeks, please see my review on that piece of garbage). My wife and daughter both use this phone and it is an excellent, tiny, well designed little device. Perfect for my girls and the WebOS is very very well done. I have been using Palm devices since the 3Comm days but switched to the iPhone about a year and a half ago. The iPhone is nice, but so expensive. It's liberating to be away from AT&T and the data plans they charge. Sprint has the best value and their customer service is amazing. Hand over fist better than AT&T. One big dislike for me is that I cannot connect to the Internet while on a call. The iPhone has a great advantage on that one. The Pixi is easy to use, keyboard is easy to type on, the WebOS is responsive and well thought out. Great over the air updates. Limited on applications (but that's coming from iPhone). Still, everything my wife needs she's been able to find. Although the display is small, it's easy to use and readable. The music player is nice. I just can't say enough about this great little phone. Only draw back is it seems a little too fragile, but that may be because it's so light. Battery life is on par with the iPhone. We can get a good day's use with a single charge, less with heavy Internet usage. RSWLess
do pros overweigh cons?
This phone was $24.99, so much of my review will be based on that super low price. If I had paid $100.00 or more, this might be a different story. I've had this phone for about 5 months now so I'm pretty familiar with it. Ok, first, the good features: It has a full QWERTY keyboard. It has a very responsive touch screen - the screen is bright, clear and very easy to see. It's also simple to navigate (once you figure out how, initially). The phone multi-tasks. You can have any song from your iTunes for free as a ringtone or alarm or other alert (as opposed to the iPhone charging $0.99 every time you use a song). The calendar syncs well. The camera is really good, as is the video recorder. Messaging is easy and convenient. Emails and alerts are prompt and obvious upon receipt but can also be easily hidden if desired. The internet is easy. The speaker phone and other sounds are usually nice and loud when you turn the volume up. The navigation system is actually extremely helpful and accurate! The not-so-good: It takes a while to re-boot. There are really annoying "apps" on there, like NASCAR and other stuff that I will never look at, but you can't delete them. Really, you can't. If you find a way, please let me know!!! The multi-tasking is often bug-y, meaning that it will sometimes tell you to close extra "cards", which are essentially "Windows", beecause the phone is overloaded, even if there are none open. The outside of the phone which looks like a case, starts slowly peeling off of the phone in spots. It's VERY annoying. I got my first replacement 2 months after I purchased the phone and I do take good care of it. The peeling (on mine, at least) begins on the top of the phone where the on/off/lock/unlock button is, which makes it very difficult to actually press that button. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but it's more frustrating than you might think, and that leads me to my next complaint. The only way to lock the phone and then turn it from a black screen to a visible screen (to my knowledge) is that tiny on/off button on the top, which is very inconvenient and actually pretty odd. I'm on my second cover (they just popped out the back and replaced it at the store) which, after a week or so, began to peel again - at the on/off switch, by the volume controls, and by the charger door - it's acually sort of broken there. It broke so bad the last time that it wouldn't even close anymore. Just stuck out permanently. I'm about to get my second replacement. I asked them if they'd just give me a different phone because I didn't want to have to come in and replace the phone every few months until my renewal was up. They said no. So, those complaints aside, at $24.99 I suppose it's a good phone. I don't know if I'd get it again, but there are some features that make me really like it. The "case" feature of the phone is poorly made and there are some bugs but I've had much worse phones. If you are looking for a touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, a compact device, a good camera, fast internet, good call quality, and can put the weird bugs and sub-par phone "case" construction aside, you probably will enjoy this phone. If you don't care about a touch screen or a QWERTY, there are other really great phones out there, and don't bother with this one.Less
I'm really glad I got this phone!
My sprint contract was up and I was debating between the Palm Pixi or the Blackberry Curve 8530. The Palm Pixi was so much more appealing to me. I love the size, the touchscreen, the free apps (I've downloaded almost 30 and counting!), the keyboard (it looks small but is actually really nice and easy to type on), and the clear and vibrant screen. The only downside is the battery life but this is a smartphone so that is to be expected. Right now I have the green touchstone back cover and plan to get the wireless charger, so that will definitely help out a lot. The green touchstone back cover gives my phone a certain character which makes me love my phone even more. My sisters opted to get the Blackberry Curve and they love it but it wasn't for me.I say to each his own but they always like to play with my phone... My Dad also got the Palm Pixi which shocked me because to put it nicely, he's not on the up and up when it comes to things like this. For about a week after he received the phone we was so frustrated because he didn't know how to do the different gestures, how to open his e-mail or even how to place a call. I had to sit down with him and show him how to use the phone and now he is loving it. Some might think that the phone is way to small for a man with big hands but my dad uses it with ease.Less
2 thumbs up
The Palm Pixi is great little phone but IF you live on your phone and basically need a computer in your pocket. ~THEN STOP READING~ this isn't the Iphone or droid The Pixi works best with people who occasionally enjoy toying with their phones when they are bored in a waiting room or in the car (not driving) don't get me wrong the phone has many apps and functions that your average phone can't touch. I enjoyed it a lot. Many reviews knock it for the so called "lag" when you have multiple apps open 3-5 seconds isn't terrible. or people complain about the screen size come on it's a phone IF you need a TV in your pocket then get a Iphone or droid. The Pixi's screen is great very clear The only problem is the battery life but then again I have put it down (which doesn't help) But there are a couple of functions you can turn off and dim to help PROS: many apps, great functions, touch screen, size, keypad webOS, CON: battery life (but not bad)Less
Out of love with this Palm
Let me start this review off by saying, I am a Palm fan. I loved my Treo 755p with gusto for over two years. So when it finally went belly up and two replacement phones from Sprint did the same after 1 month - I figured it was time to upgrade to bigger (Smaller?) and better things. Boy, was I wrong! Initially, I felt like the Pixi was almost *too* small. It was hard to type on, and my text messages looked more like a 2 year old smacking the keyboard than an intelligent 20-something trying to send a message. Nonetheless, I carried on - confident that I'd come to be just as proficient on this phone as I was on my last. It never clicked. After 8 months of this phone, I admit defeat. I am not impressed with the quality, speed, or features of this phone. I'd take my brick-like 755p back any day. The Good: It's tiny. Elf-like as a matter of fact. The colors on the screen are vibrant and I like the ease with which it synced with my gmail and my google calendars. I also love the quality of the photos and the built-in flash that my last phone didn't have. The Bad: Ringer volume and actual speaking volume should never be the same. I can't tell you how many times I've turned up the volume on this thing to hear someone on a phone call and then nearly been deafened the next morning when my alarm went off because the volume was now set to super-insanely-loud because I changed the speaker volume. That feature is awful. Next up - durability. I admittedly nose-dived this phone once - on CARPET. It has a huge scratch on the screen, some interestingly gel-like piece fell off the top of it this morning and the final indignity - a plastic piece around the charger area came out, resulting in a lovely bulge on the side of the phone. Finally, the speed. After a great "update" from Sprint - this thing is slower than a snail in taffy. It takes a good 10 seconds for any feature to open up - calendar, text messaging, photos - you name it. In closing, I hate this thing. Hate it so much in fact that I'm purchasing a blackberry just to get away from it until my contract is up and Sprint has another phone that I want - or I go screaming to AT&T in search of greener pastures. Buyer beware on this one!Less
A very smart phone
I have an ipod touch at home that I use daily and extensively. And My wife has an HTC Hero with Android. And since I received this Palm Pixi with WebOS, I got completely addicted to its amazing simplicity. True you are limited in terms of applications, but you the most useful ones are available for free. And what you get, is everyday a phone with the greatest ergonomics. I love the calendar sync option that works very well. The installation was simple. The packaging was amazing. The phone design is very successful around me. Having this phone now in a market dominated by apple and google gives the same feeling as with my mcbook 10 years ago: You are in the margin, but you have the satisfaction to get the smartest product and in a meeting, you are the only one without an iphone or a blackberry.Less
Excellent Phone, Highly Recommended
I had the Palm Pixi for a little over a month now and it works really well. For me, everything is great. Before I bought the phone, I wasn't sure about buying it though Amazon, but everything turned out fine. The first phone I received didn't work, and Amazon replaced very quickly. Since then, haven't had a problem. I chose Sprint over Verizon to save extra money each month. Also, the big selling point for the Pixi on Verizon is that it has the WiFi, but I haven't had any problems with the phone's speed. However, I do receive excellent coverage around where I live. Pros: Sensitive touch screen Easy to use Full Keyboard Great at multitasking Syncing contacts with AIM, Facebook, ect. Syncing with Mail including AOL and Yahoo New WebOS allows video with camera (though only 2MP lens) Phone connects with USB making transferring files easy Cons: None I read a lot about the battery life before buying the phone. For me, it is usually no problem making through the day. I just charge it overnight. I could see how it might not last the day with extremely heavy use. I got a car charger just in case and for use with the Sprint GPS. I also bought ZAGG armor for the phone, protects the phone with no added body. Excellent Phone, Highly RecommendedLess