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Palm Pixi  (Source: Palm)
Pixi will be on Sprint network by holiday season

Palm has been struggling in recent years after being one of the more successful companies in the technology realm in the heyday of PDAs. When the smartphone started to replace the PDA, Palm found it harder to compete.

Palm announced its first webOS smartphone back at CES in January and the Pre hit the market earlier this summer to lackluster sales on the Sprint network. Palm today has announced a new webOS device also bound for Sprint called the Pixi.

Palm hails the Pixi as its thinnest phone yet. The Pixi has a full keyboard that is on the front of the phone like a Blackberry rather than hidden under the screen with a slider form factor like the Pre. Palm is mum on an exact launch date for the Pixi, but says it will hit the Sprint network in time for the holidays.

“With Palm webOS, we’re creating a new, more intuitive smartphone experience defined by unmatched simplicity and usefulness,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “Palm Pixi brings this unique experience to a broader range of people who want enhanced messaging and social networking in a design that lets them express their personal style.”

Palm will also offer the Pixi in an Artists Series with covers for the device unveiled at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York starting tomorrow. The Pixi includes the webOS platform and the handset operates on dual-band CDMA2000 and 3G EVDA Rev A networks. The screen of the Pixi is a 2.63-inch unit with 18-bit color and a resolution of 320 x 400.

The device supports email with direct push technology, Exchange support, and Pop3/IMAP account support. Full messaging features are supported with MMS, IM, and SMS and GPS is integrated. Pixi has a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash and Palm equipped the phone with ambient light, acceleration, and proximity sensors.

The handset supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV audio formats and MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 video formats. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo is supported as well. Internal memory is 8GB, but only 7GB is accessible by the user. A 3.5mm headphone jack is built-in, the device features Palm Synergy, and the other webOS features that the Pre offers. Overall dimensions are 2.17-inches W x 4.37-inches H x 0.43-inches D and it weighs 3.51 ounces.

Palm also confirmed the rumored price cut on the Pre. Starting today the Pre is available for $149.99 with a new 2-year agreement after a $150 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate.

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Good luck to them!
By melgross on 9/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: Good luck to them!
By clovell on 9/9/2009 11:03:26 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that the TCO of Palm's product line on the Sprint Network just got cheaper, this may well be a shot in the arm.

I think that, if anything, the Pre came out of the gates kind of slow because it was $200. Sure the plans are cheaper, but having to shell that out up front didn't really provide much incentive for folks to sign a contract.

Hitting the $100 and $150 price points with WebOS smartphones will likely help their sales considerably.

RE: Good luck to them!
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/9/2009 11:20:42 AM , Rating: 4
thats funny. I certainly see your point about the up-front cash, but my personal buying decisions are quite opposite - its a shame more people dont look at the big picture. The first thing anyone should do is found out their total monthly, and then x24 = ?

The first time I did this calculation I ran screaming away from AT&T and my desire for an iPhone.

RE: Good luck to them!
By clovell on 9/9/2009 11:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I hear you, but most people will budge on monthly payments if they can put less money down up front. My brother works as a finance manager at a car dealership and you should hear the stories...

RE: Good luck to them!
By DPigs on 9/9/2009 12:23:48 PM , Rating: 3
Ok! Lets hear one.

RE: Good luck to them!
By clovell on 9/9/2009 12:40:58 PM , Rating: 4
This may not be the best one, but I'll give it a go. Just last week, this guy came into his dealership and wanted to buy a Ford F-150 Crew Cab fully loaded (except leather) with no money down and have his notes below $400 a month.

Before rebates and stuff, this is a $30k vehicle. The guy's trade is paid off, but only worth about $2k. The salesman decides not to pull a credit app on the guy because he figures there's just no way this guy is going to get what he's looking for, but he tells my brother anyway.

My brother not only gets him to buy, but he gets the guy a note less than $400 a month, sells him a service plan, extended warranty, gap, life, and disability insurance, paint sealant - the whole nine yards and finances the guy over 84 months.

So basiacally, every rebate the guy got, he turned around and spent on more stuff. He was still under $400 a month, but financed over 7 years.

My brother's general tactic is to tell people that he can get them the note they want, but they're either going to have to put more down or pay longer - you'd be surprised how many budge on the note so that they don't have to put more money down.

RE: Good luck to them!
By ersts on 9/9/2009 12:51:59 PM , Rating: 2
Plus the data plan on att for the iphone is required for life. $30 a month, required just for visual voicemail and the "iphone experience"? No thanks. What is sad is that all the other winmob phones on att require no such overpriced data plan.

And the Pre is selling just fine. Just because there isn't people camping outside for days doesn't make it a failure.

Of course, I'm willing to shell out $650 for the N900. Screw anyone trying to lock me down with their carrier firmware.

RE: Good luck to them!
By TMV192 on 9/9/2009 11:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think the Pre has done well for Palm, just the anouncement at CES doubled Palm's stock price and though the launch could have been better, I think they are very much considered a top contender again in the smartphone space being Sprint's flagship phone.

The Pre itself has a ARM Cortex CPU and 256MB RAM, similar to the iPhone 3GS, and software wise it is very well-refined for a first generation OS (compared to when Android released) and the best-multitasking implementation to date. Even if the Pixi doesn't get the Cortex CPU, I can't imagine it being lower than the ARM11 on the iPhone 3G.

RE: Good luck to them!
By StevoLincolnite on 9/9/2009 12:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why you were voted down, you were pretty much on the money.

I think the biggest issue I have had with Palm is simply: Brand recognition/advertising/customer awareness. - Here I have never seen a single advertisement for the Palm Pre, if I didn't visit Anandtech/Dailytech I wouldn't even know it existed. (Then again, I don't think the Palm is being sold in Australia yet anyway).

Which brings it down to the average Joe... do they buy a phone they have never heard of? Or follow the crowd and go for an iPhone?

Personally I refuse to get a Phone on a Plan, expensive Data rates and call rates are abound here and it's to easy to get caught, I've seen several people end up with multi-thousand dollar bills because of it.
Thus I only opt for a Prepaid option and buy the phone out-right, if the Pre was available here as a Prepaid option, I would personally jump all over it like flies to a cow Paddie.

RE: Good luck to them!
By clovell on 9/9/2009 12:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, him and I directly replied to an OP with a rating of -1, so we start with a rating of 1 for 'feeding the trolls', I guess.

RE: Good luck to them!
By foolsgambit11 on 9/9/2009 1:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine it will pretty much have to have a Cortex if it is going to maintain the Pre's multitasking capabilities. Anything else will really cripple this phone.

By KnightBreed on 9/9/2009 12:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
Pixi? They should have kept the rumoured name Eos.

RE: Pixi?
By KnightBreed on 9/9/2009 12:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
Also, is the screen capacitive?

RE: Pixi?
By Xenoterranos on 9/9/2009 12:12:45 PM , Rating: 4
I'm loving the candybar format. I know people who passed on the pre because it had moving parts. These people have hands made of bananas and ham, but still, very sleek phone.

(I think it's probably the same as the pre, so capacitive).

screen size..
By omnicronx on 9/9/2009 1:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
Its nice that the keyboard is no longer a drop down, but the buttons that fat fingered people like me still can't press are still quite useless (my index finger almost covers 4 keys), even for those with smaller fingers, I still don't see how anyone can type with any proficiency on this phone(seems to be pretty much same spacing as the pre). To make matters worse, 2.8" for a touch phone should be bear minimum, this phone is bigger than my diamond with a smaller screen. Browsing is only bearable because my screen is of VGA resolution, I can already imagine the headaches a screen this size will cause, especially with HVGA resolution.

If Palms attempt here is to have a low end phone that will complement the Pre, this is a great idea. If this is merely a non sliding version of the Pre selling for similar pricing, I fear it could easily flop, as I would buy the Pre and many other phones over this one.

RE: screen size..
By RjBass on 9/9/2009 4:26:09 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Blackjack II with small keys and I also have big fat fingers. At first it was a bit of a learning curve when typing on the small keys, but eventually you get used to it and it's no problem. I would guess that any phone with small keys is similar.

Why Sprint?
By ChristopherO on 9/9/2009 1:58:19 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone know what sort of deal Sprint cut for exclusivity? No offense to Palm, but they *only* do smart phones. What they need to do is sell a whole bunch of them, and partnering with Sprint -- which seems to be perennially losing customers, seems like a not-so-bright thing to do.

If Sprint were an "up and comer" adding millions of new subs per quarter, that would be a different story. Selling life preservers on the Titanic doesn't sound like a really great long-term strategy. Don't get me wrong, I hope both Sprint and Palm pull it together. They've got a lot of employees and I cringe to think how many people they might lay-off if things get worse for either one. Ultimately, a Fortune 500 company is just thousands of people, trying to pay their mortgage. That's why I'd never get all "righteous" about hoping for failure (like some people seem to do with certain copanies).

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