AT&T Palm Pre Reports Surface
After a lengthy wait, reports are finally starting to surface about actual hands-on time with AT&T-branded Pre Plus units. Previous to today's story, only drab unboxings and photos of in-store dummy units were available to placate fans awaiting the arrival of webOS on the third domestic wireless network.
PreCentral is running a piece from an anonymous tipster which includes a few screenshots and some brief initial impressions of the AT&T Pre Plus. The Pre Plus in question is running WebOS 1.4.2 and the AT&T Pre Plus is reportedly subjectively faster than the similar Verizon Pre Plus. It's still unknown if Palm has made any definite under the hood software or hardware changes to the devices but in our news item from CTIA in March, a new WebOS build code-named "Arak" definite performance improvements were noticed.
Another welcome piece of news is the report of improved build quality and keyboard response. I was already pleasantly surprised with the improvements made in the Verizon Pre Plus from the original Pre in my January report, so it will be quite an admirable feat if Palm has indeed managed to address the numerous issues plaguing early Pre adopters.
Aside from the handful details listed above, not much else is mentioned other than a few screen captures of AT&T Navigator app and the launcher screen. Also, the Yellow Pages mobile app has been confirmed as being pre-loaded and the new Foxtail Agave plant wallpaper gracing the AT&T units is also up for download.
Barring any last-minute surprise spec bumps, the only two major remaining unknown factors are the devices' release date and pricing. Speculation for the AT&T webOS launch has ranged from May 10th per FCC documentation research to the 14th to the 16th. At any rate, it appears nearly certain that the official AT&T launch for the WebOS twins is imminent at some point later this month.
Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will be available in AT&T stores and online at wireless.att.com in "the coming months" for $149.99 and $49.99, respectively, with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. AT&T already has a webOS-specific page on their website where interested users can sign up for an email reminder when the devices become available.