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Palm Pre, iPhone Killer? Not Quite. Part 2

June 9, 2009

So you may have read the earlier post which compared the iPhone and the Palm Pre, but since so many of you Apple iPhone 3G WWDC 2009commented I’ve decided to make a follow up to that article, however now the iPhone 3GS has been announced it will take the 3G’s place in the comparison.

Some of you thought my points didn’t make much sense or didn’t agree with them so here’s a second go round with easier explanation.

Camera
iPhone 3GS – 3 Megapixel Camera with 30fps VGA Video w/ Auto-Focus & Auto-Macro.
Palm Pre – 3 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash and no video as of yet.

From a camera stand point the iPhone, is now ahead of the Pre, with the ability to record 30fps VGA Video. Also the iPhone 3GS comes with Auto-Focus & Auto-Macro.

Storage Capacity
iPhone 3GS – 16GB / 32GB non-expandable
Palm Pre – 8GB non-expandable

The iPhone now has more storage than the Pre and the current 3G has the same storage capacity.

Keyboard
iPhone 3GS – On-ScreenPalm Pre
Palm Pre – QWERTY Slide Out

Although some find it hard to type on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard, many reviewers who have used a Palm Pre have said the keys are too small and hard for even small fingers and because there is no option for an on-screen keyboard it could be a problem.

Battery Life
iPhone 3GS – Up to 9 hours internet surfing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk-time and 5 hours of 3G talk-time.
Palm Pre – Many report that the battery can wear down within a few hours so not good for business use.

Although the Pre’s battery issue’s could be changed currently at the length it lasts it’s not a contender for business users who need the battery to last all day.

App’s
iPhone 3GS – 500,000
Palm Pre – 12

As of current, also pointed out at WWDC yesterday, the Palm Pre only has 12 apps for the device, however an app store is in beta at this time so this might change. It’s not fair to compare the phones on app store at this time as the iPhone didn’t have one for a while and the Palm Pre’s just come out.

Screen
iPhone 3GS – 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display, 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi.
Palm Pre – 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320×480 resolution HVGA display.

The iPhone screen is in fact larger than the Pre, but many say the Pre looks more vibrant.

Others
iPhone 3GS

  • Show off factor, Yes I know in the comments you’ve said how people shouldn’t be impressed by phones but in a lot of cases if you pull out an iPhone people around you want to play on it, not making it any better of a phone but just one of the things that come with the iPhone.
  • iTunes, Yes both devices can sync with iTunes, however the Pre needs a bit of hacking to get it to work, but it provides an instant place for iPhone users to rent and download movies and TV shows along with buying music wherever they go.

I’m not saying the Palm Pre isn’t going to challenge the iPhone, of that I’m sure it will but I think that until they sort out the problems at launch, video recording and the app store and it’s battery life, it can’t become a true iPhone competitor.

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iPhone 3G S Announced

June 8, 2009

iPhone 3GS Logo

iPhone 3GS Spread

  • 3 Megapixel Auto-Focus Camera
  • 30FPS VGA Video & Audio
  • Auto Macro
  • Supports OpenGL|ES 2.0
  • Faster Processor
  • Digital Compass
  • Voice Control
  • Improved Battery Life (Up to 9 hours internet surfing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk-time and 5 hours of 3G talk-time.)
  • $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB.
  • The iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19th.

iPhone Tethering Confirmed for O2 + 21 Other Networks

June 8, 2009

Apple have just announced Tethering is supported by 22 partnets, one of which is O2. So for those in the UK, like me we will be able to terhet with iPhone OS 3.0.

Tethering Support


WWDC Coverage

June 7, 2009

12:01 PM: The iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19th.

12:00 PM: iPhone 3G 8 GB remains at $99.

Apple iPhone 3G WWDC 2009

11:59 AM: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB. (AT&T New Customers)

11:58 AM: Improved Battery Life (Up to 9 hours internet surfing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio, 12 hours of 2G talk-time and 5 hours of 3G talk-time.)

11:57 AM: Encrypted iTunes Backups, iPhone 3GS supports encryption, Supports Nike+.

iPhone 3GS Spread

11:55 AM: Supports OpenGL|ES 2.0 great for games, Supports 7.2Mbps HSPDA, 3 Megapixel Auto-Focus Camera, Auto Macro, 3o FPS VGA Video, Voice Control, Digital Compass.

11:47 AM: Phone 3GS. S stands for speed.

11:43 AM: iPhone OS 3.0 is free for iPhone users, $9.95 for touch users. And it will be available June 17th.

11:12 AM: Maps, Accessories, Push Notifications and  Peer to Peer talked about again, nothing different from the iPhone OS 3.0 event.

11:08 AM: If your phone is now lost you can send a message to the iPhone that will sound a special tone which will sound even if the phones on silent. You can also remotely wipe all the data on the device.

11:01 AM: Internet tethering, you can use your phone’s internet connection on your computer (Mac or PC) using USB or Bluetooth.

10:59 AM: Enhancements to iTunes you can now rent and purchase movies right from your phone. Also purchase TV shows, music, and audiobooks.

10:56 AM:  iPhone OS 3.0. has 100 new features.

iphone_os_3

10:49 AM: It has been an incredible year for the iPhone – 1,000,000 SDK downloads, 50,000 Apps on the App Store, 40M iPhones/iPod Touches sold, 1 Billion+ Apps downloaded.

10:47 AM: Snow Leopard update charged at $29.

10:40 AM: Snow Leopard is making everything faster on the Mac platform: Mail, Safari, Spotlight etc.

10:15 AM: Also upgrading the Air today. Prices changing to $1,499 to $1,799 – up to 2.13GHz CPU.

10:14 AM: The 13″ MacBook is now called a MacBook Pro. Starts at $1,199. Price ranges from $1,199 to $1,499 in standard configurations, available today.

10:13 AM: The backlit keyboard is now standard in it as well. Also, FireWire 800.

10:12 AM: Updating the 13″ MacBook as well. Gets the new display, SD card slot and better battery life.

10:11 AM: The 17″ MacBook Pro has also been updated: 2.8GHz CPU, 500GB HD, retains ExpressCard Slot. All shipping today.

WWDC 2009 MacBook Family

10:10 AM: Starts at a lower price of $1,699; Standard configurations range from $1,699 to $2,229.

10:09 AM: It’s also the fastest notebook they have ever made. Up to 3.06GHz Dual Core CPU. Up to 8GB of RAM. Up to 500GB 7200RPM HD. Or, 256GB SSD.

10:08 AM: The new 15″ MacBook Pro has a brand new display; nicest in any of their laptops. 60% color gamut increase. Now has a SD card slot.

10:06 AM: New 15″ Mac Book Pro, new battery, lasts up to 7 hours. More eco-friendly – gets up to 1,000 charges.

10:04 AM: 25M active OS X users in first 5 years, up until 2007. In the last two years, however, it has grown to 75M.

9:59 AM: The Keynote is about to begin.


T-Mobile Netherlands Lists 5 New iPhone Models

June 7, 2009

T-Mobile Netherlands has listed 5 new iPhone models in its activation system, according to a post by Tweakers.net

The screenshot shows a 16GB in black and white, a 32GB in black and white, as well as another marked NTB.

The new iPhone has also shown up on The Carphone Warehouse Invetory system and on the AT&T support system.

T-Mobile New iPhone Leak

This shows a 16GB model like the majority of leaks, making me believe the Canadian Store leak is fake.


New iPhone To Have iChat? [Updated: Fake]

June 7, 2009

iSpazio are showing pictures of the rumoured new iPhone Video using an iChat App.

iPhone iChat 1

This shows the frontal camera being used in what appears to be the Camera App showing the interface that has been leaked out by developers who found it in the new iPhone OS 3.0.

iPhone iChat 2

This shows a somewhat blurry picture of the new iPhone in a video call, it looks similar to video calling on other devices with a small image of you in the corner and them in the main screen similar to iChat.

This seems quite authentic as previous leaks have shown a frontal camera and that’s mainly what a frontal camera is used for.

UpdateGizmondo have done a side by side comparison of the leaked image and Skype and they match perfectly, however there still is a possibility of a frontal facing camera.

iPhone iChat Leak Fake


New iPhone Specs & Prices?

June 7, 2009

These pictures are from a Canadian store inventory. iSpazio got sent these pictures earlier.

Canada Store Leak 2

Canada Store Leak 1

These pictures show the following:

  • There are 2 Models: iPhone Video and iPhone Video iChat
  • The iPhone 3G 16GB being discontiuned as previously leaked.
  • Only the second model can videocall
  • 32 GB – 64 GB memory
  • The iPhone Video is in Black and White
  • The iPhone Video iChat is in various color: White , Black, Orange, Green with Flower, Yellow, Red.
  • The price for the iPhone Video is: $139 (32 GB) or $179 (64 GB)
  • The price for the iPhone Video iChat is: $179 (32 GB) or $199 (64 GB)

However no 16GB model, which leads me to believe these might not be authentic as all the leaks so far have shown a 16GB model.
Also the multiple different design choices, including flowers and fluffy bunnies just make this seem very fake as Apple likes to keep things simple and Apple have never used flowers or fluffy bunnies on their other devices.