Carriers: Verizon and AT&T
Price: $149.99 with two-year contract
Released: Jan. 25
Try as it did, Palm couldn't work up a head of steam for its initial Pre and Pixi phones, released in mid-2009 on Sprint and, while greeted with loving reviews, hardly the type of sales momentum Palm needed to muscle up next to Apple, Motorola and Research In Motion. Who knows what happens to Palm next now that it's being acquired by HP, but know this: the Palm Pre Plus, which was the updated version of the Palm Pre that Palm released for Verizon and AT&T earlier this year (with twice the internal memory as the first Pre), is quite a phone. Its specs aren't a cut above -- 3.1-inch display, 480 x 320 resolution, 3-megapixel camera, etc. -- but its champions have talked up its ease-of-use, especially for the phone's notification system and the way in which the Pre Plus turns into a Wi-Fi hot spot.