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iPhone 3G vs Palm Pre: Apple’s New Competition?

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In terms of smartphones out there, the one and only phone you should be using at the moment is the iPhone (I can hear Blackberry, Android, Symbian, and Windows Mobile users cringing right about now). Although the latest iPhone 3G has its strengths there are features we’ve all been longing for (*cough* copy and paste *cough*).

Yesterday, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009, in Las Vegas, brought a very interesting announcement from Palm. It was the announcement of their much anticipated smartphone, named the Pre. The Palm Pre opened up a lot of eyes and immediately the cliched “iPhone killer” was launched into the spotlight. Here are some notable features of the new Palm Pre:

– 3.1″ touchscreen with slider QWERTY keyboard and trackball; 8GB capacity
– multitasking, GPS, WiFi/EVDO, 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth
– wireless charging (now this is cool) with the Touchstone (just place on top and it will charge)
– Linux based Palm Web OS; removable battery

What makes the Palm Pre very interesting is the fact that it has the form factor of a tiny Blackberry with its QWERTY keyboard, in conjunction with a large touchscreen like the iPhone. Wrap up all of these features inside a sleek and shiny black phone, and you will get people talking.

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I think the design looks attractive, but the use of a QWERTY keyboard and the “slider” form factor brings back old memories of my ancient cellphones. Full touchscreen keyboards which help make for a thin form factor are the way to go, but of course, to each their own.

Palm Pre Developers Salivating Already?

After reading about the Palm Web OS, I soon realized it would bring something very interesting to the latest trend of application development and implementation like we’ve seen with the App Store.

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As for the Palm Web OS, “It is built on industry standard web tools and if you know HTML, CSS and Javscript you can develop for this platform.” Yes, you read that correctly. We’ll soon have 8 year children writing fart apps for the Palm Pre and making upwards of $10,000/day! I wonder how the Palm Web OS applications will fare against the full featured games and apps on the iPhone?

Why the Sudden Hype with the Palm Pre?

One of the reasons I think the Palm Pre has been accepted with such positive and open arms is due to the fact that it all came as a big surprise. We did not hear about any leaks and the entire phone itself was kept secret. Wired mentions how this is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook, keeping new products secret (and Palm one upped Apple this time with minimal leaks).

As for the design itself, if its sleek lines remind you of an Apple product that’s because it was introduced by Jon Rubenstein, who played a major role in the launch of the iPod and iMac lines from Apple. He left Apple in 2007 to become the executive Chairman at Palm (along with a handful of other ex-Apple employees over the past year and half)!

iPhone 3G or Palm Pre (honestly, is there even a debate yet?)

The iPhone 3G is still the best smartphone out there hands down for my needs. The Palm Pre looks promising but I’d be interested in seeing how it will fare in real life tests, instead of just dazzling a crowd of techies during CES 2009. Until we see and hear more about the Pre, us iPhone owners can only hope that the next firmware update from Apple will bring some new features for us to play with–and to keep us from considering the Palm Pre as our next smartphone.

What do you guys think? Palm Pre, iPhone, or the Zack Morris Brick Phone? Is this Palm’s chance to come back from the dead?

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  • Brian

    I think it will come down to the user interface and how it fairs out against its existing competitors. By the look of the images, the OS and the design of the phone looks quite similar to the iPhone. Do you know when the phone is planning to be released?

  • Brian

    I think it will come down to the user interface and how it fairs out against its existing competitors. By the look of the images, the OS and the design of the phone looks quite similar to the iPhone. Do you know when the phone is planning to be released?

  • Brian

    I think it will come down to the user interface and how it fairs out against its existing competitors. By the look of the images, the OS and the design of the phone looks quite similar to the iPhone. Do you know when the phone is planning to be released?

  • Brian

    I think it will come down to the user interface and how it fairs out against its existing competitors. By the look of the images, the OS and the design of the phone looks quite similar to the iPhone. Do you know when the phone is planning to be released?

  • Justin

    Before iPHone, I was a Palm user. So this is very interesting to me. I might be crazy enough to own both. LOL 🙂

  • Justin

    Before iPHone, I was a Palm user. So this is very interesting to me. I might be crazy enough to own both. LOL 🙂

  • Justin

    Before iPHone, I was a Palm user. So this is very interesting to me. I might be crazy enough to own both. LOL 🙂

  • Justin

    Before iPHone, I was a Palm user. So this is very interesting to me. I might be crazy enough to own both. LOL 🙂

  • Ed

    I too, am or was, a long time Palm user. I wonder if this is the device and OS to help Palm level the playing field. The hardware design reminds me of some HTC products and I find it unimpressive. However, if the OS is stable, and with the ability to run multiple apps in the background,… who knows? it is interesting that every product seems judged by how close it is to an iPhone killer. Personally, (sorry Palm, but) I prefer my iPhone.

  • Ed

    I too, am or was, a long time Palm user. I wonder if this is the device and OS to help Palm level the playing field. The hardware design reminds me of some HTC products and I find it unimpressive. However, if the OS is stable, and with the ability to run multiple apps in the background,… who knows? it is interesting that every product seems judged by how close it is to an iPhone killer. Personally, (sorry Palm, but) I prefer my iPhone.

  • Ed

    I too, am or was, a long time Palm user. I wonder if this is the device and OS to help Palm level the playing field. The hardware design reminds me of some HTC products and I find it unimpressive. However, if the OS is stable, and with the ability to run multiple apps in the background,… who knows? it is interesting that every product seems judged by how close it is to an iPhone killer. Personally, (sorry Palm, but) I prefer my iPhone.

  • Ed

    I too, am or was, a long time Palm user. I wonder if this is the device and OS to help Palm level the playing field. The hardware design reminds me of some HTC products and I find it unimpressive. However, if the OS is stable, and with the ability to run multiple apps in the background,… who knows? it is interesting that every product seems judged by how close it is to an iPhone killer. Personally, (sorry Palm, but) I prefer my iPhone.

  • thatgadgetgirl

    The Palm Pre looks neat, but I do not agree that the Iphone is the only smartphone that one needs. I have a Nokia E71as well as a 16gb white Iphone. I found that after months with my Iphone I was not happy with not readily accessing all my notes for school, powerpoint presentations and the list goes on. My Iphone is jailbroken as well, but I found that even 3rd party apps did not handle my documents the way I wanted them to. I use my Iphone for media and when I want to use the medical programs I have downloaded and my E71 for everything else under the sun. Plus I like having a tactile keyboard better than a touch screen keyboard. I doubt the Palm Pre can handle videos and music like the Iphone can…or else for me, if it did, it would be “bye bye” Iphone.

  • thatgadgetgirl

    The Palm Pre looks neat, but I do not agree that the Iphone is the only smartphone that one needs. I have a Nokia E71as well as a 16gb white Iphone. I found that after months with my Iphone I was not happy with not readily accessing all my notes for school, powerpoint presentations and the list goes on. My Iphone is jailbroken as well, but I found that even 3rd party apps did not handle my documents the way I wanted them to. I use my Iphone for media and when I want to use the medical programs I have downloaded and my E71 for everything else under the sun. Plus I like having a tactile keyboard better than a touch screen keyboard. I doubt the Palm Pre can handle videos and music like the Iphone can…or else for me, if it did, it would be “bye bye” Iphone.

  • thatgadgetgirl

    The Palm Pre looks neat, but I do not agree that the Iphone is the only smartphone that one needs. I have a Nokia E71as well as a 16gb white Iphone. I found that after months with my Iphone I was not happy with not readily accessing all my notes for school, powerpoint presentations and the list goes on. My Iphone is jailbroken as well, but I found that even 3rd party apps did not handle my documents the way I wanted them to. I use my Iphone for media and when I want to use the medical programs I have downloaded and my E71 for everything else under the sun. Plus I like having a tactile keyboard better than a touch screen keyboard. I doubt the Palm Pre can handle videos and music like the Iphone can…or else for me, if it did, it would be “bye bye” Iphone.

  • thatgadgetgirl

    The Palm Pre looks neat, but I do not agree that the Iphone is the only smartphone that one needs. I have a Nokia E71as well as a 16gb white Iphone. I found that after months with my Iphone I was not happy with not readily accessing all my notes for school, powerpoint presentations and the list goes on. My Iphone is jailbroken as well, but I found that even 3rd party apps did not handle my documents the way I wanted them to. I use my Iphone for media and when I want to use the medical programs I have downloaded and my E71 for everything else under the sun. Plus I like having a tactile keyboard better than a touch screen keyboard. I doubt the Palm Pre can handle videos and music like the Iphone can…or else for me, if it did, it would be “bye bye” Iphone.

  • Not sure about this sliding keyboard business – but I guess time will tell

  • Not sure about this sliding keyboard business – but I guess time will tell

  • Not sure about this sliding keyboard business – but I guess time will tell

  • Not sure about this sliding keyboard business – but I guess time will tell

  • Tom

    I hear ya. I have had three palms going back to the mid 90’s. I loved my palm and always wished it was a phone too. I never took to the Treo’s ,however, as they never tripped my trigger. This may get me looking again. Especially since I can’t stomach having to look at ROGERS on the top of my iPhone, all the time.

  • Tom

    I hear ya. I have had three palms going back to the mid 90’s. I loved my palm and always wished it was a phone too. I never took to the Treo’s ,however, as they never tripped my trigger. This may get me looking again. Especially since I can’t stomach having to look at ROGERS on the top of my iPhone, all the time.

  • Tom

    I hear ya. I have had three palms going back to the mid 90’s. I loved my palm and always wished it was a phone too. I never took to the Treo’s ,however, as they never tripped my trigger. This may get me looking again. Especially since I can’t stomach having to look at ROGERS on the top of my iPhone, all the time.

  • Tom

    I hear ya. I have had three palms going back to the mid 90’s. I loved my palm and always wished it was a phone too. I never took to the Treo’s ,however, as they never tripped my trigger. This may get me looking again. Especially since I can’t stomach having to look at ROGERS on the top of my iPhone, all the time.

  • I can’t remember if they said a date or not. Probably later this year.

  • I can’t remember if they said a date or not. Probably later this year.

  • I can’t remember if they said a date or not. Probably later this year.

  • I can’t remember if they said a date or not. Probably later this year.

  • I used to use a Palm Pilot…who didn’t? I never did get onto the Treo wagon though. This new Pre does look interesting.

  • I used to use a Palm Pilot…who didn’t? I never did get onto the Treo wagon though. This new Pre does look interesting.

  • I used to use a Palm Pilot…who didn’t? I never did get onto the Treo wagon though. This new Pre does look interesting.

  • I used to use a Palm Pilot…who didn’t? I never did get onto the Treo wagon though. This new Pre does look interesting.

  • h2

    As far as hardware smartphone features are concerned, the iPhone is falling way behind. Although the speakerphone and earpiece volume has improved “a bit” with the 3G (the 2G was extremely low), it is still very low when compared to other smartphones. A measly 2MP camera when 3.2MP is the norm, and still no cut and paste. Really, how hard is it to implement that much needed feature? To bad Docs2Go doesn’t make an App for the iPhone, as mensioned above many students and business people want to have the ability to read and edit office apps.

  • h2

    As far as hardware smartphone features are concerned, the iPhone is falling way behind. Although the speakerphone and earpiece volume has improved “a bit” with the 3G (the 2G was extremely low), it is still very low when compared to other smartphones. A measly 2MP camera when 3.2MP is the norm, and still no cut and paste. Really, how hard is it to implement that much needed feature? To bad Docs2Go doesn’t make an App for the iPhone, as mensioned above many students and business people want to have the ability to read and edit office apps.

  • h2

    As far as hardware smartphone features are concerned, the iPhone is falling way behind. Although the speakerphone and earpiece volume has improved “a bit” with the 3G (the 2G was extremely low), it is still very low when compared to other smartphones. A measly 2MP camera when 3.2MP is the norm, and still no cut and paste. Really, how hard is it to implement that much needed feature? To bad Docs2Go doesn’t make an App for the iPhone, as mensioned above many students and business people want to have the ability to read and edit office apps.

  • h2

    As far as hardware smartphone features are concerned, the iPhone is falling way behind. Although the speakerphone and earpiece volume has improved “a bit” with the 3G (the 2G was extremely low), it is still very low when compared to other smartphones. A measly 2MP camera when 3.2MP is the norm, and still no cut and paste. Really, how hard is it to implement that much needed feature? To bad Docs2Go doesn’t make an App for the iPhone, as mensioned above many students and business people want to have the ability to read and edit office apps.

  • h2

    By the way, after watching this CES demo of the Palm Pre, it definately does look like it’s going to be an iPhone killer.

  • h2

    By the way, after watching this CES demo of the Palm Pre, it definately does look like it’s going to be an iPhone killer.

  • h2

    By the way, after watching this CES demo of the Palm Pre, it definately does look like it’s going to be an iPhone killer.

  • h2

    By the way, after watching this CES demo of the Palm Pre, it definately does look like it’s going to be an iPhone killer.

  • Nasir

    I think I wud stick with iPhone for now.

  • Nasir

    I think I wud stick with iPhone for now.

  • Shawn

    I think the Pre has a fighting chance against the iPhone. Personally, the iPhone needs some competition for Apple to bring some much needed changes to an outdated product ( C&P, better digital camera) considering the cost just to run the phone

  • Shawn

    I think the Pre has a fighting chance against the iPhone. Personally, the iPhone needs some competition for Apple to bring some much needed changes to an outdated product ( C&P, better digital camera) considering the cost just to run the phone

  • Shawn

    I think the Pre has a fighting chance against the iPhone. Personally, the iPhone needs some competition for Apple to bring some much needed changes to an outdated product ( C&P, better digital camera) considering the cost just to run the phone

  • I too saw the CES demo video, and it looks like the Pre can do everything the iPhone can do, and then some. The touch gestures, such as zoom and flicking is exactly the same as the iPhone and just as smooth. A major plus is that it is based on WebOS, so any web developers familiar with HTML, CSS, JAVA, PHP, FLASH can create apps for it. I also liked the way the Pre handles multiple apps via a card-deck style interface, simular to the way Safari on the iPhone handles multiple web pages. The Pre’s iPhone features combined with the business functionality of the Treo and BlackBerry is certainly a killer combination that’s going to be hard to beat.

  • I too saw the CES demo video, and it looks like the Pre can do everything the iPhone can do, and then some. The touch gestures, such as zoom and flicking is exactly the same as the iPhone and just as smooth. A major plus is that it is based on WebOS, so any web developers familiar with HTML, CSS, JAVA, PHP, FLASH can create apps for it. I also liked the way the Pre handles multiple apps via a card-deck style interface, simular to the way Safari on the iPhone handles multiple web pages. The Pre’s iPhone features combined with the business functionality of the Treo and BlackBerry is certainly a killer combination that’s going to be hard to beat.

  • I too saw the CES demo video, and it looks like the Pre can do everything the iPhone can do, and then some. The touch gestures, such as zoom and flicking is exactly the same as the iPhone and just as smooth. A major plus is that it is based on WebOS, so any web developers familiar with HTML, CSS, JAVA, PHP, FLASH can create apps for it. I also liked the way the Pre handles multiple apps via a card-deck style interface, simular to the way Safari on the iPhone handles multiple web pages. The Pre’s iPhone features combined with the business functionality of the Treo and BlackBerry is certainly a killer combination that’s going to be hard to beat.

  • I too saw the CES demo video, and it looks like the Pre can do everything the iPhone can do, and then some. The touch gestures, such as zoom and flicking is exactly the same as the iPhone and just as smooth. A major plus is that it is based on WebOS, so any web developers familiar with HTML, CSS, JAVA, PHP, FLASH can create apps for it. I also liked the way the Pre handles multiple apps via a card-deck style interface, simular to the way Safari on the iPhone handles multiple web pages. The Pre’s iPhone features combined with the business functionality of the Treo and BlackBerry is certainly a killer combination that’s going to be hard to beat.

  • Ed D

    Since Apple is too arrogant to listen to consumers who want and expect both “cut and paste’ and “global search” functions—this IS the iPhone beater for me—I am delaying my planned purchase of the iPhone and will snap up one of these babies as soon as they are out. Palm has created the thinking-man/woman’s smart phone—or better still—THE smartphone for smart people!

  • Ed D

    Since Apple is too arrogant to listen to consumers who want and expect both “cut and paste’ and “global search” functions—this IS the iPhone beater for me—I am delaying my planned purchase of the iPhone and will snap up one of these babies as soon as they are out. Palm has created the thinking-man/woman’s smart phone—or better still—THE smartphone for smart people!

  • Ed D

    Since Apple is too arrogant to listen to consumers who want and expect both “cut and paste’ and “global search” functions—this IS the iPhone beater for me—I am delaying my planned purchase of the iPhone and will snap up one of these babies as soon as they are out. Palm has created the thinking-man/woman’s smart phone—or better still—THE smartphone for smart people!

  • Ed D

    Since Apple is too arrogant to listen to consumers who want and expect both “cut and paste’ and “global search” functions—this IS the iPhone beater for me—I am delaying my planned purchase of the iPhone and will snap up one of these babies as soon as they are out. Palm has created the thinking-man/woman’s smart phone—or better still—THE smartphone for smart people!

  • Bull

    One of the biggest things that swayed me to purchase the iphone was mostly because there was “NO MOVING PARTS”, all solid state technology. In my opinion is pretty much the best you can get. The start of moving parts means additional wear and tear.

  • Bull

    One of the biggest things that swayed me to purchase the iphone was mostly because there was “NO MOVING PARTS”, all solid state technology. In my opinion is pretty much the best you can get. The start of moving parts means additional wear and tear.

  • Bull

    One of the biggest things that swayed me to purchase the iphone was mostly because there was “NO MOVING PARTS”, all solid state technology. In my opinion is pretty much the best you can get. The start of moving parts means additional wear and tear.

  • james

    The Palm Pre is not the iphone killer, but it does offer some competition to apple. Specs wise the pre gets beat in all categories except camera:
    http://www.clashem.com/phones.php?id1=2&id2=1148

  • james

    The Palm Pre is not the iphone killer, but it does offer some competition to apple. Specs wise the pre gets beat in all categories except camera:
    http://www.clashem.com/phones.php?id1=2&id2=1148

  • james

    The Palm Pre is not the iphone killer, but it does offer some competition to apple. Specs wise the pre gets beat in all categories except camera:
    http://www.clashem.com/phones.php?id1=2&id2=1148

  • james

    The Palm Pre is not the iphone killer, but it does offer some competition to apple. Specs wise the pre gets beat in all categories except camera:
    http://www.clashem.com/phones.php?id1=2&id2=1148

  • Alisdair Archibald

    I didn’t see anything in that comparison that made the iphone look better. most of the information was missing. It really isn’t possible to compare the two until the Palm comes on the market. However from all the features I have seen the Palm does look better. The dedicated keyboard is a big plus. The iphone graphical keyboard is one of the big weak points of the iphone, aside from being tied to itunes.

  • Alisdair Archibald

    I didn’t see anything in that comparison that made the iphone look better. most of the information was missing. It really isn’t possible to compare the two until the Palm comes on the market. However from all the features I have seen the Palm does look better. The dedicated keyboard is a big plus. The iphone graphical keyboard is one of the big weak points of the iphone, aside from being tied to itunes.

  • Alisdair Archibald

    I didn’t see anything in that comparison that made the iphone look better. most of the information was missing. It really isn’t possible to compare the two until the Palm comes on the market. However from all the features I have seen the Palm does look better. The dedicated keyboard is a big plus. The iphone graphical keyboard is one of the big weak points of the iphone, aside from being tied to itunes.

  • Alisdair Archibald

    I didn’t see anything in that comparison that made the iphone look better. most of the information was missing. It really isn’t possible to compare the two until the Palm comes on the market. However from all the features I have seen the Palm does look better. The dedicated keyboard is a big plus. The iphone graphical keyboard is one of the big weak points of the iphone, aside from being tied to itunes.

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