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Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

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Performance – everything under the hood

The Palm Pre has the T.I. OMAP3430 processor and the iPhone 3GS has the ARM Cortex A8. Both phones have 256MB of RAM and the Pre maxes out at 8GB of storage and the iPhone 3GS has a top end of 32GB. Neither phone allows for user memory expansion. The new iPhone 3GS and the Pre have very comparable speeds for accessing applications, retrieving email, and loading web pages.

One big difference between the Pre and iPhone is a user-replaceable battery. The Palm Pre’s battery can be replaced so that if you are a heavy user, a spare battery can be just the thing you need to get you through the workday and night. The iPhone 3GS, like the previous iPhone models before it, has an internal battery and can only be replaced by the factory. With moderate use, the iPhone 3GS, which sports an improved battery, can get you through the whole day with power to spare. The Pre, with moderate use, is less power-friendly and needs either recharging or a fresh battery by the end of the workday.

Palm Pre's Touchstone charger - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Palm Pre's Touchstone charger - Palm Pre and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

Palm Pre's Touchstone charger

Charging the Pre with the Touchstone accessory (not included) is a delight. Just place the Pre on the Touchstone and it is charged inductively and wirelessly while being held in place magnetically.

The sound quality and reception during calls is rather average on the iPhone 3GS. Reception quality will vary depending on your coverage area, but the sound quality itself is a little better with the Pre on the Sprint network, but not by much. Both have decent call volume, but the iPhone is a little weaker in this area.

Conclusion

Both the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS are on the cutting edge in the smartphone market and offer innovative technologies and features that have raised the bar and caused other platforms to stand up and take notice. They share many similarities and have some distinct differences. The iPhone has the benefit of raising the bar a couple of generation ago with the first iPhone 2G, and each subsequent iPhone and firmware update has added more features and improvements.

The Palm Pre is a good start. Palm has learned a great deal from their past and from the success of the iPhone and has a great opportunity to build on the Pre’s early success and offer future firmware updates and device upgrades. Either device is a winner in our book, so it’s best to research and compare all features and what Sprint and AT&T networks have to offer as far as capability and calling plans and see which suits you better.

See also:
Palm Pre Review and Specifications
Apple iPhone 3GS Review and Specifications


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