Palm Pre: Will this finally be the iPhone killer?

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009

It's been two years since the launch of Apple's iPhone and it's surprising that no phone manufacturer has managed to come close to what tech enthusiasts call the mobile invention of the decade. Yes, there have been many new touch-screen phones that have come into market, including the much anticipated T-Mobile G1 'Google phone', but they all have a couple of things in common - they're either ugly, or are a pain to use.

Enter the recently unveiled Palm Pre..

This beautifully designed mobile device has now been marked as the most possible iPhone killer, and it seems to look the part.

Unlike Google's G1, this baby actually looks good on the outside, with an ergonomic design that's apparently inspired by nature. It's smaller than the iPhone and weighs a mere 4.8 ounces.

Now lets talk features..

The Palm Pre has more or less everything the iPhone has - built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, proximity sensor, accelorometer and an ambient sensor, but they seem to have also included a whole lot more. Among others, The Palm Pre has a 3.0 megapixel camera, which is better than the iPhone's 2.0 megapixel camera, which also has an LED flash built on top of it. The phone also supports EvDO, which allows you to have wireless broadband Internet access at blazing speeds without having to be in a hotspot.

Possibly one of the biggest features is the inclusion of a physical QWERTY keyboard! You can simply slide the keyboard out of this already small device, undoubtedly touting the lack of one on the iPhone.

The Pre's user interface is surprisingly good too, and looks like it could really rival that of the iPhone's. It's clean and smart, and finger swipes and gestures seem to work quite well. The inclusion of copy and paste features, multi-tasking and MMS might give the iPhone a run for its money.

Just underneath the Pre's 3.1-inch touchscreen display is what Palm calls the 'gesture area', where you can perform a host of swipes and gestures like swipe to the left to move backwards or swipe to the top to unveil a quick short-cut menu.

We have yet to know when this device will be available, or how much it will be priced, but looks like it could be a good future for Palm..

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