Samsung Galaxy S vs. Palm Pre Plus – Review

by Jerry D on July 21, 2010

If you’re looking for a fair fight, this probably isn’t going to be it. The Samsung Galaxy S (and its Vibrant, Captivate and Fascinate offshoots) is easily one of the finest Android phones we’ve seen. Palm’s Pre and the improved Pre Plus model showed potential, but face being outclassed and outmuscled…

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Connectivity:

The Galaxy S is a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) phone with added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The Pre Plus, in comparison, packs 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. A narrow win for the Galaxy S and its triple-format Wi-Fi. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Get the spec sheets out and there’s not much between the two phones – the Samsung Galaxy S is 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm, the Pre Plus is 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm. The Pre Plus is the more compact handset. But put the two phones on the scales and the Samsung Galaxy S weighs 119g, while the Pre Plus is 138g. (2-0)

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Camera:

The Galaxy S’s built-in camera has a decent resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch to focus’ functionality, face and smile detection and HD video recording. There’s no LED flash (shame). But for video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

Unfortunately for the Pre Plus, it boasts a far poorer specification, namely a 3.15 Megapixel camera. But it does have an LED flash, plus geo-tagging and VGA video capture. Good. But not good enough in a straight battle against the Galaxy S. (3-0)

Screen/keyboard:

This is where the Galaxy S truly shines. It boasts a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, measuring 4.0 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Measuring just 3.1 inches, the Pre Plus’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is almost a whole inch smaller. Its 320 x 480 pixel resolution loses out to the Galaxy S’s high-res display. But, for keyboard fans, the Palm’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes data entry a whole lot easier than using a virtual keypad. (4-0)

Performance:

How nimble are these two phones? The Galaxy S boasts one of the latest 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processors. The Pre Plus has a slower ARM Cortex A8 chip, rated at 600MHz. In terms of software, the Samsung Galaxy S uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with an eventual upgrade to version 2.2 (Froyo). The Pre Plus runs Palm’s own webOS. Two points for the Samsung phone. (6-0)

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Storage:

16GB is the basic storage capacity for both the Galaxy S and the Palm Pre Plus. The Galaxy S also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 48GB. The 16GB on the Pre Plus can’t be extended as the handset lacks a memory card slot. (7-0)

Battery life:

The performance of these two phones will vary. But the Galaxy S weighs in with 6.5 hours of talktime; the Pre Plus in comparison boasts 4.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Samsung’s phone can last 576 hours, while Palm’s model boasts 350 hours. Zero points for the Pre Plus here. (8-0)

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Extras:

Last round. And it’s not looking promising for the Palm Pre. Outclassed in every department, the Galaxy S goes for the win with a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The Pre Plus counters with PowerVR SGX graphics, GPS/A-GPS and multi-tasking functionality, grabbing a draw. (8-0)

The Samsung Galaxy S wins!

Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Galaxy S vs. Palm Pre Plus   ReviewThe Galaxy S emerges as the winner of this fight (8-0). The power of Samsung’s phone is undeniable and it’s been spun out in several different versions for US carriers, including: the Fascinate, Captivate, Vibrant and Epic 4G.

Not only is it the thinnest and lightest of the two phones, but the Android 2.1 OS makes it extremely customisable and versatile. It also boasts a high-spec camera and a superb display that makes web browsing and video watching a joy. Only the Motorola Droid X can give it a run for its money…

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