Palm made the Pixi official back in early September
, but US consumers have been waiting on two important tidbits ever since: a price and release date. Now, finally, both Palm and Sprint have come forward to confirm both of those, and we're a bit perplexed by one.
The November 15th on-sale date makes perfect sense. It's just before the holiday season, it gives people plenty of time to snap one up and it should hit after all of those Verizon Droid hubbub quiets down. No problems there. The issue here is the price.
If you'll recall, Palm
dropped the price of its Pre to $150 with a 2-year contract on Sprint, and some third-party resellers are actually offering it for $99.99 with a new 2-year Sprint agreement. The Pixi, which is a smaller phone with a smaller screen, is priced at $99.99 on the same length contract. Heck, it's $79.99 at Walmart
! Aside from the size and form factor, it's essentially the same device as the Pre.
It boasts the same webOS software, the same 3G support and the same touchscreen interface. What's missing? Wi-Fi, for one, and the camera is stuck at 2MP. Other specs include a 2.63" capacitive touch panel (400 x 320 resolution), a full QWERTY keyboard (as opposed to the slide out keyboard on the Pre) and 8GB of internal memory. It will also support Palm's Touchstone wireless charger, and a number of 'designer' backplates will be available for those looking to customize their new phone.
This phone, just like the first webOS device, will be available only on Sprint (at least for now). It will also only be $99.99 after a $50 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate, the latter of which we know is a hassle. So, for $100, you can get a Pre or a Pixi? Which would you pick, given that both are on Sprint?