Palm Pixi Plus First Hands-On: Colorful Cases Are Good Quality, It Connects To Wi-Fi QuicklyS

The Pixi got even fewer upgrades than the Pre, if that's possible. The Pixi Plus now has Wi-Fi—which worked well when I tried it out—but the main draw to the Plus is the super-colorful cases.

They're TouchStone charging-compatible cases, which is a nice addition, but like I said with the Pre Plus it just means you'll have to spend extra on buying a TouchStone. The cases feel good, rubbery with perforations (on the solid color versions, the printed ones are smooth), and have holes for the camera lens, headphone jack, speakers, right-side buttons and on/off button. They're swappable, so expect Palm to team up with more designers in future.

Otherwise, like with the Pre Plus, the upgrades are minor. It's running on Verizon (which showed full bars for reception), and I managed to switch Wi-Fi connections easily—and quickly. The screen could be a little more responsive, but it's the same fault we found in the original Pixi. It's very much aimed at the youngsters now, with these cases—but actually, I really like them. Especially the Artists' Series editions, which will cost $49 and charge wirelessly.

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