Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Network World.
Sprint will release the second Palm webOS device, the Palm Pixi smartphone, on Nov. 15, priced at $100, after $150 in rebates.
The Pixi, unveiled in September, will be available with a two-year cellular contract. Sprint is offering a $50 “instant rebate” at the cash register, with a separate $100 mail-in rebate. The Pixi will be available at the carrier’s Website and retail stores, and also at Best Buy, RadioShack, and some Wal-Mart stores.
The Pixi offers a full, exposed QWERTY keyboard, and a multi-touch screen that is smaller than the one featured on its sibling, the Palm Pre, whose keyboard slides out vertically. The 3G phone lacks GPS and Wi-Fi, both of which are featured in the higher-end Pre.
The gesture-designed UI is built around the metaphor of a deck of playing cards, letting users shuffle applications onscreen and navigate between them. Like the Pre, Pixi uses Palm Synergy to create a single view of the users’s information on Google, Facebook, and via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync with Microsoft Exchange servers.
The result is a combined contacts list, different calendars that can be viewed separately or merged, and a messaging interface that brings together different e-mail systems, MMS and IM threads.
In addition, Pixi will add an integrated link to Yahoo, and to a user’s account on Facebook.
Sprint is promoting two main plans for the Pixi, and pitching them as much less costly then comparable AT&T plans for the Apple iPhone.