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Palm Pre vs Apple iPhone 3GS

Which smartphone suits your needs better?

O2 announced this week that it will be offering the Palm Pre in the UK before Christmas. But before you spend all your hard-earned cash on Palm's latest smartphone, we've pitted it against Apple's iPhone 3GS, to see just which will suit your needs.

O2 announced this week that it will be offering the Palm Pre in the UK before Christmas. But before you spend all your hard-earned cash on Palm's latest smartphone, we've pitted it against Apple's iPhone, to see just which will suit your needs.

Mobile main screens

The Apple iPhone (left) starts you with immediate access to your apps on its home screen, while the Palm Pre (right) shows the core apps at the bottom of the window and leaves the rest of the space open for whatever you might choose to run.

The iPhone shows any alerts, such as unread messages, with the application's icon, while the Pre displays alerts at the bottom of the screen in a notification area.

Working with email

Both the iPhone and Palm Pre display email messages in lists. On the iPhone, account lists are separated, meaning you must navigate from one email account to another to view all your messages.

The Pre, however, stacks account lists, allowing you to hide or show each list, so all of your email is available in one place. Only the iPhone lets you search messages - a major omission on the Pre.

Tapping the top of the Mail app jumps the iPhone to the top of your message list; the Pre has no equivalent shortcut. The iPhone also lets you select multiple (including nonadjacent) messages for deletion or moving to a folder, while the Pre can't multiple-select.

Both the iPhone and Pre use horizontal swipes to delete individual messages, though the iPhone makes you click the Delete button that appears, while the Pre simply deletes the message, making it easy to delete messages by accident.

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  1. Just which smartphone suits your needs better?
  2. Working with mail folders
  3. Contacts and copy and paste
  4. Working with universal search
  5. Running multiple apps and adding new apps
  6. Navigating with maps
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