|Palm Pixi P120 - 8GB - Black (Sprint) Smartphone - Clean ESN|
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|Sleek and trendy, the Palm Pixi P120 is a smartphone that operates on the 3G CDMA network. This Palm smartphone runs on the Palm webOS that gives you access to several useful and fun applications. The 2.63-inch 320x400 resolution LCD of this QWERTY mobile delivers images in rich colors. Featuring a 2 MP camera with the LED flash, this Palm smartphone lets you capture amazing quality photographs. What’s more, the QWERTY keypad of the Palm Pixi P120 makes texting a breeze. You can surf the Web, check emails, and download movies and videos easily with the 3G support of this QWERTY mobile.|
|Family Line||Palm Pixi|
|Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|Network Technology||CDMA2000 1X, EVDO Rev. A|
|Band||CDMA 800/1900 CDMA2000 1XEV-DO|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.6 in.|
|Display Resolution||400 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||18-bit (262000 Colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
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.
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.
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.
Average review score based on 178 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The good: 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.
The bad: 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.
The bottom line: 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.
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I replaced my aging Motorola Q with the Palm Pixi. Although the Pixi is a much more modern and user-friendly device with more "gadget" appeal to it, it cannot match the Q's functionality.
No Wi-Fi (my Q didn't have it either, but still)
No voice dialing
No syncing via USB cable (without expensive 3rd-party software)
No Outlook sync (Exchange, yes, but standalone Outlook, no, not without 3rd-party software)
No using the LED flash as a flashlight
No automatic profile switching (sets ringer to silent during "busy" calendar appointment)
Ringer is not loud enough, regardless of tone
And no SD card expandability.
Aside from the lack of voice dialing and using the LED as a flashlight, I knew about all of these limitations before I made my purchase. I expect that an update will eventually add voice dialing, and someone will eventually figure out how to access the Pixi's LED function and write a flashlight app for it.
The biggest sacrifice to me is the lack of an ability to sync directly with an Outlook client. With the Q, everything I put in the Q--tasks, contacts, meetings, etc.--would automatically appear in my Outlook (and vice versa) when connecting to my PC via the USB cable. With the Pixi, the only built-in sync capability is with Internet-based services such as Google or Yahoo. Eventually I will have it set up to where both the Pixi and my Outlook syncs with my Google account, but since I am using a Google Apps account, that will require me to pay Google $50 a year for Google Apps Premium and use of their Google Apps Outlook Connector. Again, I knew about this from the start, but if the Pixi would just sync to Outlook automatically, I wouldn't have to do this.
The next biggest sacrifice was the lack of automatic profile switching. On the Q, if I put an appointment on the calendar and set that appointment's status to "busy," the Q would automatically switch the ringer profile to meeting mode (vibrate only) at the beginning of the meeting, and switch it back to regular mode at the end of the meeting. The Pixi has a switch on the side that I can flip to turn off the ringer manually, but no automatic switching. I know I am going to forget to flip that switch one day. Perhaps an update or an app will add this functionality.
The lack of SD card storage was at first a concern, but the Pixi comes with 8GB storage built in, and that is plenty for me. If you have a large music collection, it may be a problem, but I don't use my Pixi for music anyway. However I did try it out, and if you wanted to use it for music, the music capabilities of the phone seem to be quite good. I loaded a few songs on it and it automatically sorted them, displayed album art, etc. However it does not support Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WMA, or probably any form of DRM.
The ringer never seems to be quite loud enough, but this can be worked around by editing whatever MP3 you are using as a ringer and increasing the gain.
Despite its limitations, I am happy with the Pixi. Once I get the whole Outlook/Google sync situation straightened out, the only major limitation will be the lack of automatic profile switching.
I have run out of characters describing the limitations, but everything else about the phone is superb. The UI, the built-in apps (SMS, web), the app store, the TouchStone charger (buy it!), the build quality, the usability, the smoothness of the OS, the finish... The Pixi is only slightly short of perfect.
I had a Palm phone (Treo) before and loved it, so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, this "new generation" of smartphone does not even let me turn it on until it is connected to the provider's web signal. Not one single function can even be evaluated until I get onto Sprint's overpriced data packages (plus their new, extra $10 monthly "fee" ON TOP OF their data plan). Silly me, I actually thought the machine's off-line functions would work... and that I could evaluate without making phone calls or web browsing. Nothing. The off-line functions are the main reason I wanted this phone (good calendar, good address book, keyboard, note/scratchpacd, utility tools, non-web-based apps, etc.) so instead of signing up for a huge data package that will be very under-used, I'm just going to switch to another provider with various levels of data plans (and no monthly additional $10 fee) and can get a brand new free phone instead.
Conclusion -- I'm sure this is a great phone, but drama with Sprint has convinced me not to use it.
Well, I've had this phone before, and prefer it over the Palm Pre. Why? Yes the screen is smaller on the Pixi, it's a little slower, no WiFi.. BUT the one thing I prefer the Pixi to, over the Pre is the form factor and also the keyboard. The less moving parts, the longer the phone will last.
As far as webOS is concerned, the OS is probably the only true multitasking operating system that is out right now. Yes... I know there are other OS's that offer multitasking "like" OS's, but nothing as true as webOS with the cards system. All around, I think the Pixi is a great phone, that is light weight and durable. And you won't have to worry about the a slider going lose after a while of opening and closing it. You can keep this in your pocket and not have to worry about the pressure of your jeans pressing on the phone, possibly twisting the two pieces of the phone together to losin the slider. Pair this with the Touchstone accessories, and you got yourself a awesome little package.
And if you can, don't overlook the option to support and install Homebrew applications onto the Pixi. (Same can be done on the Pre too). Just go to www.precentral.net and get to work! A great way to have much more applications than what's offered in the 'App Catalog'.
Good luck with your phone and enjoy! :)
I recently upgraded my children’s phone through Sprint and got them both the Palm Pixi, I thought they were cool phones and decided to buy one for myself and my husband off Ebay. At first glance they are ok, but I have had better phones.
First, the camera’s suck…I had an Instinct and it took sharp pictures, the Palm Pixi pictures come out looking a bit grainy and you need VERY GOOD LIGHTING. I’m a huge picture taker and this is really a bummer for me .
Secondly, it does this blinking thing when you are on a call which is very annoying. The screen keeps blinking in and out and if you need to make a selection on the screen it can become very frustrating.
Thirdly, I’m worried about the life of the buttons on the phone…especially the way my daughter text!
Enough with the bad, the phone itself does have a lot to offer…in regards to apps, word, internet, and so forth…this is great for me because I’m a student and I use my phone as a portable computer. I guess the sound quality is good.
3 out of the 4 phones I purchased were new. I have the phone that was slightly used and I’m not sure it the phone has some type of defect, but every time I turn around it has turned itself off…this is sooo frustrating. I haven’t heard the kids or my husband complain about this so it may be an isolated situation.
Oh, well…I suggest that you do a little research before you make that big purchase on a phone. Make sure the phone offers EVERYTHING you are looking for!