Verizon Palm Pre: Afterall, it IS a phone!

I hope you have been enjoying my recent posts describing my experiments with the new Verizon Palm Pre Plus!  I have really discovered some great features that have made life as a busy Mom a little more organized and a little less stressful.  But let’s face it, you need a phone.  Sure, the gadgets are nice, but what about when you need to make an emergency call or just chat with an old friend? 

The Palm Pre Plus is actually quite user friendly when it comes to making a phone call.  Simply click on the green phone icon and the numbers appear on your screen ready for you to dial.  Your addresses can also be accessed with one simple touch and using your touchscreen gestures, it’s easy to navigate to find the number you need.  And for your convenience (and because my memory is not what it used to be), it is possible to make a call directly from the address book. 

There has been lots of controversy about talking on a cell phone while driving.  In fact, many states now prohibit it and require a hands-free device to be worn while operating your vehicle.  You will be happy to know that the Palm Pre is Bluetooth ready and very easy to setup.  I also love the speakerphone option which makes phone calls between my kids and their relatives lots of fun. 

touchstone Verizon’s website claims that the phone will get 330 minutes of talk time, but I think this must mean if you don’t use any other features.  I found that my battery ran down quickly and required a middle of the day charge session which wasn’t always convenient.  That being said, the Palm Pre does have a really neat Touchstone Standalone Charger available for purchase as an accessory ($50, but also requires a $20 phone cover).   To charge your phone, all you have to do it place your Palm Pre on the touchstone and it charges wirelessly!  So charge it up and feel free to gab away!

With this review series winding down, my last post will be a summary of my thoughts and links to more Mommy reviews!  Don’t miss it!

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a different experience. Verizon Wireless supplied me with the Palm Pre Plus and one month of service for review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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