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Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

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Messaging

The Pre has integrated messaging for SMS, MMS, AIM, and Google Talk, all of which can be displayed in the same place so the user has a messaging experience without concern about which messaging app is being used.  This integration is very user-friendly and makes messaging a breeze.

The iPhone has finally added MMS to go along with its SMS feature in messaging.  It’s important to note, however, that AT&T has not enabled MMS yet.  In order to use other messaging clients, like Yahoo or AOL, a 3rd party app must be installed.  Otherwise, messaging is limited to either email or SMS (with MMS in the future).

The messaging system of the iPhone 3GS - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
The messaging system of the iPhone 3GS - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

The messaging system of the iPhone 3GS

Messaging on the Palm Pre - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Messaging on the Palm Pre - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

Messaging on the Palm Pre



The keyboard on the Pre slides out from the bottom.  It is a full QWERTY keyboard and is like a cross between the keyboards on the Treo Pro and the Centro. It is not as nice as a BlackBerry keyboard, for instance, but is a good compromise for the small size of the Pre.  Even those with large hands should find typing to be somewhat easy even thought the keyboard is cramped.  Many people are more comfortable with a physical keyboard, but since the Pre has a fantastic multi-touch screen, it would be nice to have the option of both a physical keyboard and virtual keyboard.

The keys on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard are spaced apart enough to make typing comfortable, and if it feels too cramped, the recent 3.0 update makes landscape keyboard use possible.  The iPhone’s dictionary for spelling help and correction is very large compared to the Pre.  Typing on the iPhone keyboard allows for a large margin of error and the predictive text helps to compensate for the lack of tactile feedback.  The iPhone has one of the best on-screen keyboards we’ve used.

The on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 3GS - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

The on-screen keyboard of the iPhone 3GS



Whether it is a virtual or physical QWERTY keyboard is definitely a user preference.

Both the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3GS have copy/paste.  This feature is hardly worthy of mention for the Pre because Palm has offered this feature since the very first Palm PDA rolled off the assembly line, but this is a new feature for the iPhone and it’s about time.


Connectivity

Both the iPhone 3GS and the Pre can access the Internet via 3G data connection or via Wi-Fi.  Also, both phones have GPS capabilities for location-based software, maps and directions.  The browsers on both phones are exceptional, with multi-touch providing an excellent user experience on both platforms.  The larger screen on the iPhone provides a viewing advantage, but the Pre’s more vibrant screen is a good counterpoint.

The Pre and iPhone 3GS have a very similar browsing experience.  The Pre uses the Card feature for opening up and moving between different browser windows, and the iPhone is similar in this aspect with the ability to open multiple web sites via separate tabs on the browser.  Web site load times on both platforms are fast and almost identical.  Both phones do not support Flash at this time, but this will hopefully come in the future.   

The iPhone 3GS have a very similar browsing experience - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
The iPhone 3GS have a very similar browsing experience - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

The iPhone 3GS have a very similar browsing experience

Browsing the web on the Palm Pre - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Browsing the web on the Palm Pre - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

Browsing the web on the Palm Pre



The Pre syncs with Exchange, but also with contacts and calendar events in GMail and Facebook and is intelligent enough to manage duplicate contacts and events.  The Pre uses push notification for syncing calendar events and email.

The iPhone is synced by connecting it via USB cable to your computer, while the Pre syncs with the “cloud” and does not require a physical connection to a computer.

When receiving firmware updates, the Pre can receive these updates over the air (OTA) whereas the iPhone requires downloading the update to iTunes first, then syncing with the iPhone using the USB cable.  Wireless updates on the Pre is definitely an advantage of convenience for Pre owners.

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