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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.

Working with contacts

The iPhone and Palm Pre both display contacts cleanly and allow for fast navigation. On the Pre, type a letter on the keyboard to jump to contacts whose first or last name contains that letter.

On the iPhone, tap the letter list on the window's right side to jump to entries whose last name begins with the letter. Both devices let you search your contacts, but on the iPhone, the virtual keyboard does cramp the search results.

Using copy and paste

For several years, the iPhone lacked copy and paste, which frustrated many users. It now has this capability, and it is very easy to use - tap and hold for a second, slide the selection bar that appears, and tap the desired action from the floating menu.

The Palm Pre (right) also has copy and paste, but in a limited, difficult-to-use form. Whereas the iPhone allows you to cut, copy, and paste both text and graphics, the Pre allows you to copy only text in fields, so there's no way to copy URLs from emails or addresses from web pages, for example.

And the awkward selection mechanism on the Pre - tap and hold, then hold the Orange key while selecting the text via touch - destines many selections to failure before you can actually cut, copy, and paste (via a menu or keyboard shortcuts)

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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
  7. Mobile-optimised content

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