Filed under Gadgets
Today at CES, Palm announced a new phone called the Palm Pre (rhymes with “tree”).
I consider this the first true competitor to Apple’s iPhone.
Other phones try to duplicate the iPhone and end up not as good. The Palm Pre is what the iPhone *should* be. Apple finally has a reason to be worried.
This is the first cell phone since the iPhone where the hardware and the OS (“WebOS”) are made by the same company.
The Pre has a screen resolution of 480x320, like the iPhone. It supports multi-touch, like the iPhone. It has a WebKit-based web browser, like the iPhone. It rotates its display orientation when you rotate the phone, like the iPhone. It has an app store, like the iPhone.
Here’s what I like about the Pre over the iPhone…
- Full keyboard, slides out (see photo, right)
- No virtual keyboard means more screen real estate for your apps
- Support for copy/paste
- Supports running multiple apps at the same time
- Removable battery
- Consolidated contact list. Outlook, Gmail, and Facebook contacts are all stored in a single contact list with no duplicated entries.
- Consolidated calendar
- Consolidated IM
- Combine work calendar with personal calendar in a single calendar. When syncing, only work items sync with work (so you don’t put your personal calendar on your company’s Outlook calendar).
- Smaller/lighter than the iPhone
The new UI is *amazing*. Check out the launch demo to see the UI in action:
- Palm Pre UI (part 1)
- Palm Pre UI (part 2)
- Palm Pre UI (part 3)
- Palm Pre UI (part 4)
- Palm Pre UI (part 5)
I love the iPhone UI. I think the Pre UI is better.
I’m really excited about this phone. I’ll probably pick one up when they come out in the next few months.