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iPhone vs. Pre – Battle of the Smartphones


iPhone vs. Pre

Is it just me or do you agree that saying that the Palm Pre is the biggest competition to the iPhone is a bit of a farce – has no one noticed that it looks almost exactly the same on the surface?  I understand that their workings are not the same but when you think of an iPhone killer you don’t expect to see a piece of kit that could be its not so long lost brother…

So who is winning the war?  The iPhone has the reputation but the Pre is building up quite a storm…

So is the Pre going to be the Smartphone to finally knock the king off its pedestal or will the iPhone laugh the Pre off like all the other losers over the past year?

Let us find out together…

•    Screen: As you can’t release a phone these days without slapping a touch screen on it then you can imagine that the Pre is also equipped with one.  Both are provided with great screens that have multi touch capabilities but the Pre comes with a “gesture area” that isn’t for everyone…

•    Multitasking: The iPhone wasn’t built to multitask apparently, meanwhile the Pre seems to do so in its stride…

•    Apps: The AppStore lead the market with the introduction of an easy way to develop and sell apps, whether useless or not, to the masses.  Meanwhile the Pre is still waiting to get such a powerful supporting service which probably won’t even be able to touch the AppStore with a barge pole.

•    Camera: The iPhone is shipped with a surprisingly low 2MP camera without a flash – the Pre has a slightly better 3MP camera with a flash.  Neither situations are great when we can get so much more with other handsets but out of the two the Pre has to take the prize for cameras.

•    Web: The iPhone managed to bring the Internet to a mobile handset in a really innovative way but the Pre seems to have taken it a step further with WEBOS which brings together your contacts from Facebook, Gmail and Instant Messaging services.

•    Developers: Apple have always had a very closed minded point of view when it comes to developing – they stick to what they know, being the OS X-based SDK.  Meanwhile the Pre comes at us with WEBOS which supports the likes of JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

The iPhone has enjoyed the limelight for a long time now and has really built a name for itself as the king of Smartphones, but is that all about to change?  So far we can see that the Pre has a lot of great little features that are really providing a challenge for the iPhone and should be striking the fear of death through its Apple core.

Tomorrow we will look at the other issues that will decide who will win in the fight between the iPhone and the Pre – battery, keyboard and browser…

Who will win?  Who do you think?  Stay tuned to the site for the second part of the fight!


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