While Europeans just got their hands on the Palm Pre (GSM/UMTS version), Sprint today announced Nov. 15 as the first day of the nationwide availability for Palm Pixi. Running the Palm webOS mobile platform, Palm Pixi lets the user keep multiple activities open and move easily between them, like flipping through a deck of cards, using natural gestures. This allows for easy movement between messaging and E-Mail or searching the Web while listening to music, and items are rearranged simply by dragging them. Universal search also makes finding things easy, providing results from both the device and the Web.
Palm webOS brings together the user's most important information from their phone, at work or on the Web into one logical view. In addition to linking information from Google, Facebook, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and LinkedIn, Palm Pixi adds Yahoo! integration to Palm Synergy. Palm Synergy offers:
- Linked Contacts - A single view that links contacts from a variety of sources, so accessing them is easier than ever.
- Layered Calendars - Calendars can be seen on their own or layered together in a single view, combining work, family, friends, sports teams or other interests, and the user can toggle to look at one calendar at a time, or see them all at a glance.
- Combined Messaging - See all the conversations with the same person in a chat-style view, including MMS, even if it started in IM and switched to reply with text messaging. The user can also see who's active in a buddy list right from contacts or E-Mail, and start a new conversation with just one touch.
A new Facebook application will be available with Palm Pixi, so users can see and comment on all the latest news from friends and easily update their status. Palm Pixi features an exposed full QWERTY keyboard, multitouch screen and a durable, removable rubberized back cover.
Palm Pixi requires activation on a pricing plan including unlimited data, such as Sprint's Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, Anytime, which give customers unlimited mobile calling on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless carrier, unlimited nationwide texting, E-Mail, Web browsing and much more.
Sprint's Plam Pixi will costs US$ 99.99 with a two-year service agreement, after a US$ 50 instant rebate and US$ 100 mail-in rebate and be available at Sprint stores, online, through telesales and at Best Buy, RadioShack and select Wal-Mart stores.
Palm hasn't yet announced plans to release a GSM/UMTS version of the Pixi as well, so we will see what the winter or spring might bring.
Cheers ~ Arne