Head to head: iPhone 3GS vs Palm Pre

The latest in our head-to-head review series sees how the iPhone matches up to the latest so-called iPhone killer, the Palm Pre.

Both displays are crisp and offer great clarity, despite the obvious greasy finger issues that plague all touch screen handsets these days. Mark-for-mark, the iPhone doesn't suffer as much from irksome smudges as the Pre.

Icons on both the Pre and the iPhone are vibrant and easy to navigate, with both screens being very responsive to users' commands.

Advertisement - Article continues below

That's where the aesthetic similarities end. The iPhone's keyboard is a virtual one, while the Pre's is neatly hidden underneath the screen and slides out smoothly whenever required.

But that's all that's smooth about it. The keys are fairly small and hard, akin to an 80s calculator watch and using it feels a little bit too alien and awkward. That said, the keys are well spaced and you can get up quite a bit of speed with some practice, not unlike the iPhone's virtual QWERTY, which has the same training levels as a pre-requisite if you want to type emails and texts quickly.

The Pre's volume rocker is also less pretty than the iPhone's, with black plastic offered up rather than a brushed chrome effect. Sometimes it's these little touches that can add that deal-breaking level of finesse to a handset, particularly if you're a style conscious business user.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

While users can easily charge their iPhone via their USB port or in the traditional way, the Pre features a fiddly little USB port that is hidden beneath a nubbin' on the side. At first it feels like you're breaking the phone by trying to open it but you're not. Our review unit also came with a Palm Touchstone Charging Dock that makes it easy to charge the handset wirelessly.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Winner: iPhone. We really wanted the Pre to win this because Palm has worked hard to design a handset that both business users and consumers alike will lust after, but the iPhone still gets it by a nose. Apple is synonymous with attractive products and, despite its best efforts, Palm still has a little way to go to beat it.

Featured Resources

Key considerations for implementing secure telework at scale

Identifying the security risks and advanced requirements of a remote workforce

Download now

The State of Salesforce 2020

Your guide to getting the most from Salesforce

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Rethink your cybersecurity strategy for the new world

5 steps to secure the enterprise and be fit for a flexible future

Download now

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

3 Aug 2020
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

4 Aug 2020
Police use of facial recognition ruled unlawful in the UK
privacy

Police use of facial recognition ruled unlawful in the UK

11 Aug 2020