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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