Can the Palm Pre Plus REALLY Make Life Simpler?

I’ve had my Palm Pre Plus for two full weeks now, and I am getting comfortable with it. In fact, it has pretty much replaced my old phone. Unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to forward my old phone number to the Palm, but once I do, I’m ready to make the switch for good. That’s how much I like it.

They claim that this phone will simplify your life.  When I hear that about a device, I always chuckle.  I mean, really? But I have to say, the Palm Pre Plus is pretty sweet.  I’ve played with a lot of “smart” phones.  I’ve read a lot of reviews.  And this one’s right up there.

First of all, set up is a breeze. It walked me through setting up my email and any other online profiles I have (Facebook, etc.) and then it totally synced them all together.  I opened my Contacts and everyone from Gmail and Facebook were all there in one place.

Then I opened up the Calendar, and my Google and Facebook calendars were already imported and color coded.  My husband’s events are blue, mine are pink, and the kids’ are yellow.  Take a look at this week’s view.

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To see more details about an event, all I have to do is tap on the colored box and I can see the time, location, and any other details I had put in.  (I can also take amazingly crisp screen shots like the one above by pushing a combination of keys.)

Speaking of my Palm calendar, it just sent me a reminder for my son’s basketball game at 5:45, so I guess that means I need to wrap this up and get going!

Oh wait.  I have one more cool feature to tell you about.  Universal search. Want to open an app?  You don’t have to find it in the menu (the Palm calls your menu the Launcher); you can just start typing the name of the app you want, and it pulls it up and you can click to open it.  LOVE that.  I don’t go searching in the Launcher anymore.

It also has the latest version of VZ Navigator, which I used just the other day.  I was able to search for the name of my destination, and it pulled it right up in a matter of seconds.  After a few quick taps, I was on my way.  A friendly voice directed me right to my destination. What a great feature to have on a phone.  (This feature is an additional $9.99 a month.)

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the pull-out keyboard.  I thought I wanted a completely touch screen phone, but now that I’m used to it I like it a lot.  It’s like having the best of both worlds.  I’d have to say this phone is designed more with the woman in mind.  The keyboard is case in point.  It might be harder to manipulate with larger hands, but I have no trouble.

Once again, as a participant in the Verizon Palm Pre Plus campaign, I get to give away a $25 Verizon gift card.  To be eligible to win the $25 gift card this week, leave a comment telling me which feature of the Palm Pre Plus that I’ve described would make your life simpler. The winner will be chosen at random at the end of the campaign.

Fine Print: I wrote this review while working on a Verizon Palm Pre Plus campaign by TheMotherhood.com on behalf of Verizon Wireless and have been given a Palm Pre Plus (and prizes for giveaways) to facilitate my review.