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.
Running multiple apps
The iPhone can't run multiple apps simultaneously, thus the big blank space at left.
When you switch apps, you essentially close the current one down to open the new one. The Palm Pre uses the intuitive card metaphor to move among apps (you close an app by pulling its card up and out of the array).
Not only can apps run at the same time on the Pre, but they can work with each other, such as to exchange information. The Pre's approach to running multiple apps is easily its most significant advantage over the iPhone.
Adding new apps
The iPhone lets you search and browse apps wirelessly, providing a fair amount of detail before you decide what to buy. The Palm Pre (right) has a similar mechanism and is comparably easy to use.
You can also peruse iPhone apps from a PC via iTunes, but the Pre offers no comparable desktop access. Both devices let you update apps wirelessly as well.
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