I would suggest the palm pixi plus. My whole family had it at one point and now 2 out of the 6 still have it for page plus. My parents got windows phones for page plus lol. As for me I use go phone with the iPhone so yeah I'm the only stubborn one in the family . but yeah all services work with the palm pixi plus. Idk about the other phone
Thanks to everyone for offering opinions here - I really appreciate it.
What I am going to do is find a Droid 2 for me, and get a Palm Pixi Plus for my gal.
You guys are great, this discussion really fixed me up.
Well I have used the Pixi Plus for several months.
-Small and pocketable
-Keyboard works surprisingly well
-Palm touchstone charging accessories available cheaply (I wish more phones supported this!)
-SLOW! It takes 5 minutes to boot! Apps take forever to launch.
-Errors sometimes when trying to download MMS (happened on multiple pixies). A reboot fixes the issue, but the MMS is lost.
-No current apps/useful apps available.
-Uses a lot of background data without explanation. I almost used all of my 100MB data just with the background data usage.
I really cannot recommend this phone based on my experience.
1. You are exaggerating slightly. Boot is slow, not five minutes. Should be no need to frequently boot.
3. Memory full will slow down EVERY phone. This phone's memory is small. Just requires managing it and does limit what you can do. It will also cause many strange errors and freezing.
4. The apps situation is correct. Depends on the user.
5. Background, syncing, and/or data can all be turned off. Data management is required on any phone, including Droid 2.
I am not exaggerating about the phone being slow. One time I had to wait a full 2 minutes just to get the camera app to launch!
Actually, I did need to reboot the phone frequently in order to 'fix' the problem that I was having with receiving MMS.
As far as turning off the data: Yes you can do this, but it is a pain and I don't want to have to remember to turn it back on when I want to use it. Besides, if data is off, then MMS won't work, right?
Also, I tried out the Yelp app to search for local restaurants and all of a sudden 10MB of data was gone! I really just don't think that the apps for this phone use data efficiently! When I used this phone, I would be very close to my data cap and would barely use any apps!
I currently use an iPhone now. I use it WAY more than I ever did the Palm Pixi and I use about 60MB of data per month....
Everyone has a different expectation from their phone. I was just posting mine. I see people disagree. This is fine, but what I posted above was my experience with the phone. As always, YMMV.
I don't know how much data apps take up because I always had data turned off and most of the apps I had didn't require data. I'm assuming the "yelp" app was a "data" app. That's why it drained 10 MB of data. As for the phone freezing up 9 times out of 10 it's because your memory is full. Happened to me on numerous occasions. Had to delete some apps and it stopped.
As far as the memory issue, I had several GB of free space left. I really did not have very much stored on the phone, so I doubt that the lack of memory was the cause of the slowness of the phone for me. My wife has the same issue with slowness and she only has the apps that came with the phone stored on there. If is just an old, slow phone!
Great thread. I'll keep the droid 2 in mind for down the line. Just bought 3 palm pixi plus. We aren't smartphone users. But, I have a feeling that my daughter and I could get in to it. I plan to keep data off on all 3 phones. That will keep my daughter from going crazy. I have always downloaded games/ringtones for her (she's a pre teen). Happy to hear about the two free apps, angry birds (or whatever it's called) and solitaire. She'd like that.
In response to the original post, here is my opinion based on experience:
The Palm Pixi Plus is an extremely popular phone on Page Plus service as it is fully functional and is tagged at such an affordable price.
The LG Ally is a decent phone overall, but nothing compared to the many other Android operating devices available. Plus, if you plan on purchasing an Android dated back to the Ally generation, you can snag a Droid X or Droid 2 for a comparable cost. Both the Droid X and Droid 2 will outperform the Ally on any given day. If the physical keyboard is a must - Droid 2 is your friend.