Ever since the first iPhone was introduced back in 2007 there was a silent “coup d’état” where Apple claimed the top spot over all the other smartphone devices as the new leader. Apple basically revolutionized the smartphone industry for two major reasons- the iPhone had a sleek sexy hardware design and the software created an intuitive experience unmatched by any other smartphone interface of its time. One company after another released iPhone competitors each being toted as the “iPhone killer” however weeks after the phones release, that new device was slain by the almighty iPhone into obscurity.
However early January 2009 the financially struggling smartphone company, Palm, introduced a device that had an eerily “iPhone like” interface which was uncontrollably being branded by the media as the new iPhone competitor or “iPhone Killer”. Yet this claim had some legitimacy because this smartphone was much different from the others which had tried and failed, that is it had one or more of the characteristics that made the iPhone a major success and even added some impressive features of its own such as multi-tasking and Palm Synergy. These major similarities between the iPhone and the Pre could easily be explained because Palm had an ex-Apple guy running the entire show.
Months and weeks leading up to the Pre’s release the hype just kept building and building until finally the Pre was released this past Saturday. In order to keep the match as fair as possible, as many rumors rightly indicated, Apple released their newest iPhone model “3G S” at their WWDC Developers Conference today. The iPhone 3G S has the same overall design as the previous 3G model however it features a 3 mega-pixel auto focus camera, video capture support with video editing, digital compass, voice controls, faster processor, more battery time, faster wireless technologies, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and the iPhone 3.0 software.
The iPhone 3GS is set to be released on June 19th for $199 16GB/ $299 32GB with a 2 year contract. As of today the 8Gb iPhone 3G will be sold fo $99 and the promised 3.0 upgrade will be available on June 17th for previous iPhone and iPod Touch owners. This new iPhone model somewhat evens the score setting up a gadget match off like no other just as the many matches before – iPhone vs Instinct, iPhone vs BlackBerry Storm, iPhone vs G1. However the Pre could possibly be a real competitor unlike the others but I personally believe that the Pre is lacking in hardware design. With that being said which phone do you think will emerge as the winner in the latest hyped tech wars The Apple iPhone 3G S or the Palm Pre?
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Sprint has just announced that the much hyped iPhone contender Palm Pre is scheduled to be released on Saturday June 6. The Palm Pre which was very much influenced by the iPhone is said to feature touch screen multi-touch, a full qwerty keyboard, Palm webOS, Palm Synergy, camera with flash, web browsing, GPS, media player, and background multi-tasking. Check out the post we did on the Pre a few months back for more info here.
The Palm Pre will be available through Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-mart stores for $199 after $100 mail in rebate and a Sprint 2 year contract or $549 without contract. The Pre will also include the Touchstone charging dock kit for an extra $69.99. The Pre will be under Sprint’s Everything Data or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plans. Will the new Palm Pre measure up to the iPhone or will it just fall victim to its almighty rein just as the Instinct, G1, Storm, and the several other so called “iPhone Killers” have? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
It seems that Porsche, known for their luxury sportscars, has also jumped into the touchscreen smartphone business contending with the iPhone, G1, Plam Pre, Instinct and all the other touchscreen phones that have sprung up within the last few years. The Porsche Design Group which is a subsidiary of the Porsche AG has debuted the P’9522 smartphone. To be honest I didn’t even know about this phone and it’s been out since last year, I guess no one paid it any attention. Enclosed in a solid aluminum case with a scratch-resistant touchscreen glass OLED High resolution display and includes features such as a sensitive fingerprint recognition security system, quad band antennas, 5 mega-pixel video camera with flash,wifi, stereo mp3 player and GPS.
The P’9522 is now available with a price tag of $756. 2 questions come to mind: Is this phone truly worth the price compared to other touchscreen phones? Will this phone attract attention to create a buzz big enough to stand up to phones like the iPhone? My answers to both of these questions is “NO” but I could be wrong. One things for sure, in order to take on the competition this phone better have a operating system and browser interface that’s flawless.
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LG has designed a new phone (LG Arena KM900) that is creating some buzz in the techno world. The LG Arena KM900 is smart phone which claims to be introducing a 3D touchscreen experience unlike any other seen before. This claim is primarily based on the 4 cube-like home screens which the user is allowed to configure to their liking and the many multimedia features such as DVD quality recording and play back.
Although no announcements have been made about the U.S. debut, the LG Arena KM900 is set to be released in Europe this coming March. The real question swarming around is “Is the LG Arena KM900 a true iPhone competitor or just another knock off ?” I guess well just have to wait and see.CONTINUE