iPhone 4 vs Palm Pre Plus – Review

by Jerry D on June 11, 2010

Apple believes that the iPhone 4 marks another revolution for the smartphone. It might well be right – the combination of improved hardware and software jumps it ahead of many competing handsets. Can the improved Palm Pre Plus and WebOS put up any sort of fight here? We suspect not…

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Connectivity:

As far as wireless technology goes, the iPhone 4 comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. Palm’s Pre Plus comes with 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as standard. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

How do the two combatants measure up? The iPhone 4 and the Pre Plus measure 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm and 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm respectively. The Pre Plus is compact, but it’s 7.6mm fatter than the iPhone 4. The Pre Plus also carries more weight than the iPhone 4. Compare the two and Pre Plus’s phone is 138g and Apple’s’ handset is one gram lighter at 137g. (1-0)

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Camera:

The iPhone 4 is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts tap to focus, geo-tagging, an LED flash, plus VGA and 720p video recording. For video chat, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. The Pre Plus boasts a lower-spec camera – a ho-hum 3.15 Megapixel model with an LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture functionality. It’s no contest. The iPhone 4 is the clear winner. (2-0)

Screen/keyboard:

Apple’s Jesus phone incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.5 inches in size and with a high resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. In comparison, the 3.1-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Pre Plus is smaller, although it’s complemented by a neat slide-out QWERTY keyboard. In this battle, the Pre also suffers from a lower screen resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. (3-0)

Performance:

In terms of processor speed, the Apple iPhone 4 is built around Apple’s new A4 chip, clocked at 1GHz. The Pre Plus is quick, but it has a slower ARM Cortex A8 600MHz processor under the hood. The Apple iPhone 4 uses iOS4, which now features multi-tasking. This addition effectively torpedoes the big advantage that Palm’s WebOS had and it’s another thumping victory for the Apple device. (5-0)

Storage:

The 32GB in the iPhone 4 easily trumps the 16GB capacity of the Pre Plus. Without an expansion slot on the iPhone 4, 32GB is the maximum amount of storage available. The Pre Plus is also missing an expansion slot and so the phone is restricted to its 16GB of memory. (6-0)

Battery life:

It’s a bit of a rout so far. How does the performance compare? Apple boasts around 7.0 hours of talktime for its iPhone 4, versus 4.0 hours for the Pre Plus. The standby times are 300 hours for the iPhone 4 and 350 hours for the Pre Plus. (7-0)

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Extras:

As for extras, the iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and a clever 3-axis gyroscope. The Pre Plus features PowerVR SGX graphics and GPS/A-GPS. Its much-vaunted multi-tasking functionality doesn’t look quite so special compared to iOS4. (7-0)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side iPhone 4 vs Palm Pre Plus   ReviewThis was hardly a fair fight (7-0)… Like pitting a tiger against a chicken, or a man with an AK-47 against a man armed with only a spoon. The Apple iPhone 4 undoubtedly has the best, most intuitive and flexible OS. But here it also has the highest-spec camera, the best (and biggest display), not to mention the most memory. It’s also thinner and lighter than the Palm Pre Plus, which just can’t compete on any level.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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