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Palm Pixi To Street Nov. 15 For $100

Palm's second phone to run webOS will finally become available from Sprint starting on November 15. The Palm Pixi features a touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and an attractive $100 price point.

Palm's second phone to run webOS will finally become available from Sprint starting on November 15. The Palm Pixi features a touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and an attractive $100 price point.If the Palm Pre, its first webOS device, wasn't your cup of tea, the new Palm Pixi offers an alternative. It is a candybar-style phone and is obviously a replacement product for the popular Palm Centro.

The Pixi is a valiant second effort from Palm. Palm has taken webOS a few steps further and will be including a native Facebook application on the Pixi. It also has a few other new applications, such as iLike, an app that helps find information about concerts, buy tickets, invite friends and add the concerts to your calendar.

The hardware itself carries forward the design language seen on the Pre. In order to fit into such a small package, Palm had to make a few concessions. It loses Wi-Fi (boo!), and slows down the processor a bit. It also reduces the camera from 3.2 megapixels to just 2. The camera still manages to take fast pictures, though.

The Pixi is amazingly small. It's probably too small a phone for the likes of me. The keyboard borders on the ridiculous with its scrunched size. Though I was able to type on it reasonably well, I am pretty sure I'd develop cramps after extended use.

The Pixi is set to land in Sprint stores on November 15 for the low price of $100. Of course, that's after an "instant $50 rebate" and after a snail-mail-in $100 dollar rebate. Customers are going to pay $200 out of pocket for the phone at the store and wait for that $100 rebate to come back several weeks later. Given the combination of pricing and design of the phone, it's clearly not meant for business-y types. I'd expect teenagers to adopt this phone in droves.

In case you've forgotten all about what the Pixi looks like, here's a hands-on video I shot when the phone was first announced:

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