5 Best Palm Pre Features That iPhone Can’t Beat

The Palm Pre is considered by many as the most potent iPhone-killer. It has a sleek design, a powerful OS, and a great numer of supported 3rd party applications.

Even though the iPhone is the most popular smartphone around and I'm quite impressed by some of its features, I still believe that Palm Pre beats the iPhone in certain important areas:

1. Linux-based webOS

With webOS, the Palm Pre offers true multitasking capabilities that will enable users to run multiple applications at the same time. You can easily and fluidly switch between running applications (just like swapping cards) on Palm Pre's touchscreen display. Meanwhile, the latest iPhone OS 3.0 still has a very limited multitasking feature.

2. Easily-replaceable battery

I strongly believe that every mobile phone should have a battery that can be easily replaced or swapped because we use our cellphone all the time and we all know that batteries don’t last that long. Unlike the iPhone, Palm Pre's battery door can be effortlessly opened, and without breaking the warranty.

3. A 3 megapixel camera with LED flash

Despite the fact that the newest iPhone (3G S) model also has a 3 megapixel built-in camera, it doesn't come with a LED flash. There’s no doubt that Palm Pre's camera has the advantage because you can take quality pictures even at night.

4. Sliding QWERTY keyboard

Even though I'm getting used to typing via the iPhone's multi-touch screen, I still prefer the physical keyboard of Palm Pre. It makes typing a lot faster and it saves the screen real estate, so it is a big plus for productivity.

5. Wireless Charging

Palm Pre can be charged in several ways. But one innovative method will let you charge it wirelessly using electromagnetic induction. Palm Pre comes with an optional wireless charging dock that is called "Touchstone". Now that's cool, isn't it?

It's no secret that the Palm Pre's main purpose is to revitalize Palm Inc's dying business and in effect bring down the iPhone Empire. But will it succeed? Only time will tell.


  1. The palm pre won't kill iphone... because... errr. palm guys are selling a locked down phone to sprint...
    Well err, idiots, I live somewhere else, or just happen to have an old device, with a new contract with another company, why shoud I move to sprint just for a Cool device ? No Thanks.
    Most people are just to lazy. If palm wants to kill iPhone, it should not used the stupid apple lockdown approach.
    It should flood the marked with unlocked devices which work for any vendor in any country !
    Hey, but I am forgeting, we talking about a dumb head stupid american corporation.
    Just imagine what would happen to the marked if these idiots would release the source code for PalmOS. We would see a growing market of really nice PDA's. But this market was killed by MS, who released the horible WINCE, and practically killed Palm.
    Well, let's sum it all up: Palm won't kill apple's iPhone, because they think like apple - i.e short sighted stupid american coorporation.

  2. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    Wow‚ Oz. I just got dumber. Thanks for your retarded view of the industry.
    To the author's points:
    1. Nice to have access to multiple apps. GL running more than 4.
    2. I think I've had a need for this twice in my life. Maybe this is more of a Pre problem‚ given that your battery life blows.
    3. Camera's nice.
    4. I will trounce the typing speed on 99% of Pre users and their microscopic "keys" any day of the week. No predictive text? Have fun with that.
    5. Umm. So you can set the Pre *on* something and have it charge 1/4 as fast or I can plug my iPhone into something? Obv a huge win there.

  3. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    To the previous poster...

    1. I regularly run more than 4 apps on my Pre. It isn't a problem. A couple programs have some small memory leaks so I may need to shut them down every 6-7 days (like the media player) in order to keep up more than 4 apps.

    2. If you've had a need for it even twice, it would have been nice to have. Pre battery life is about the same as iPhone when it's being used as heavily. No replaceable battery also means no extended battery. There is now a battery with double the life for Pre. iPhone you are still stuck with original. And what do you do after a year when the battery doesn't last as long as it used to? You pay apple to replace it for you.

    3. I agree. :)

    4. Maybe you are an exception, but the average pre user will be faster than the average iphone user. I made more mistakes on iphone/touch than on the Pre because there is no tactile response.

    5. Touchstone charges just as fast as plugging it in. There is NO decrease in charging speed. When I set my phone on the touchstone it puts it at a nice angle for me to view/use it while it charges and when it's time to go, I just pick the phone up and scoot out the door without fighting cables. I have one at home and one at work and they are SOOOOOOO nice to have. I'm getting ready to buy a couple more because they are so handy and useful. Also makes it so I easily make it through the day because I just set it on the Touchstone when I'm at work instead of setting it on my desk. It's more viewable and I'm at full charge when I go home. Because if it my phone lasts through the day even with heavy use.

  4. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    @anonymous you also take the cake with your crappy pro-iTurd attitude

  5. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    The Pre is only locked down for the first year due to an exclusive deal with Sprint. Other carriers can sell it after that is up.

    And much of webOS has been released because it is open source and has to be. I'm sure there's a few applications or user space utilities that are closed, but go to and check out the code yourself.

    Personally, I hope they make a PDA only. I have some job requirements that prohibit carrying a cell phone, but I can have my PDA (a Palm T|X) with me...

  6. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    Gee, sounds like you're bitter about your old outdated iPhone getting shown up? Live with it. The iPhone is a great gadget platform but a mediocre phone. It ain't perfect and it ain't for everyone.

    Quote from:
    Anonymous said...
    Wow‚ Oz. I just got dumber. Thanks for your retarded view of the industry............

  7. iPhone is a nice device, Palm pre is a nice device. We have options. Why argue children.

  8. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    Anybody know if fastdue will create an app for pre like the one on the iPhone?

  9. No replaceable battery is a larger issue than the iphoners think. My nokia n800 battery lasts all day but I've praised the nokia Gods many times over being able to just pop the battery out and keep on going. If I want to watch three movies I or anyone with an iphone will need three batteries since they last about one movie. I judge all my electronic devices on plane flights. If I'm sitting there bored for 4 hrs of my flight because I had an iphone with a dead battery instead of a Pre that will be a problem. Companies make a fortune on replacement batteries but you don't need to get it from them. My nokia batteries (not Nokia branded) cost me $4 ea. I keep two extras in my bag just in case.

  10. AnonymousJuly 31, 2009

    Plus, who wants to be in the Apple community anyway? LOL.

    It just seems so corrupt.

    I don't expect Iphone 3G to have multitasking, but Iphone 3GS should have added something other than just speed.
    Not being able to stream Pandora whilst doing other things like sending an e-mail, checking your calendar, and google'ing something is a thing of the past.

    Going from WebOS to my cousin's Ipod Touch was like taking a step back.
    It's because you have to do things 1 by 1.

  11. Maybe its me or maybe I have a "lemon" but I really don't have a warm and fuzzy for my Pre yet. I am having a problem downloading music, ringtones and pictures. Not being able to personalize my phone is an issue. I have a few hundred contacts and they are organized in a goofy way. I have to rekey commonly typed text each time. I miss my Mogul! Perhaps I need a cheat sheet with the tricks to operate this phone. Your help would be appreciated.

  12. AnonymousMay 21, 2010

    Does the touchstone charging thing need wires?