If you have been around this site for any length of time, you know that I had (note: I said “HAD”) an unhealthy addiction to my previous SmartPhone. Honestly? I didn't think that anything would pull me away from that phone. Then, I got snowed in at Nashville and spent some time with one of my favorite local bloggers. She had just received her new Palm Pre Plus and was having a ball with it. About 2 weeks later, I asked her on Twitter if she still liked her new Palm Pre Plus. The next day, Verizon contacted me and asked if I wanted to try one out!
Well – all I can say is: “What Crackberry? I'm in love!”
How do I love my new Palm Pre Plus? Let me count the ways:
1. The Touchscreen: this is my first phone with a touchscreen and I have to admit – I was a little worried that I wouldn't get the hang of it…but after a few days it became second nature!
2. Web Browsing: The web browsing is the closest I have seen to actually sitting at my laptop (just quite a bit smaller). I can even log in to my own site and create posts the same as if I was sitting at home (which I could NOT do with my other phone). The web browser is crisp and clear.
3. Multitasking: I can have several windows open at once (Twitter, Facebook, calendar, etc) and switch between them with the flick of a finger.
4. The Facebook and Twitter Apps: MUCH better than the applications that I used before (and funny thing? I was pretty happy with the applications on my old phone…until I tried Tweed and the built-in Facebook application)
5. The Camera: the pictures are sharp and I don't have the problem of the tiniest little “shake” giving me blurry pictures. I took the Palm Pre Plus to a birthday party and the pictures came out just as good as if I had used my “regular” digital camera!
6. The Apps: Right away I found a great application called “What's For Dinner?“. This allows me to search the most popular online recipe sites based on the ingredients that I have, select the recipes that I want and add the missing ingredients to a shopping list. It's been a HUGE help with menu planning! (and the “Lite Version” is free – bonus!)
7. The Phone: It is, after all, a phone. For me, this was no big change because I was already a very happy Verizon Wireless customer. I have no problems with dropped calls and I always have plenty of bars (even at my children's school, where some of my friends on other networks can't get a signal)
The only issue I have so far? My husband has a hard time working the keyboard. The Palm Pre Plus seems to have been designed for (and marketed to) women. I have absolutely no problems working the keyboard, but the buttons are smaller than my previous phone. Those with large fingers may have a period of adjustment to the smaller buttons.
Bottom line? Me likey the Palm Pre Plus!
Fine Print: I wrote this review while working on a Verizon Palm Pre Plus campaign on behalf of Verizon Wireless and have been given a Palm Pre Plus to facilitate my review. The words and experiences are mine, mine, mine.