iPhone 3Gs vs. Palm Pixi
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Palm appears to be releasing a device that has all the perks and sexiness of Palm Pre’s webOS functionality (what I consider by far the most advanced mobile OS on the planet) but with the solidity of design of past Palm winners (Treos, Centro). I’ve had my own Palm Pre Complaints, even to the point of my having to return my Palm Pre to the Sprint Store. The vast majority of the complaints I’ve heard and have had myself about the Palm Pre are constructional issues, a poor design with the sliding keyboard mechanism that wears out the connection to the touchscreen, or giant cracks appearing on the face suddenly after hours of removing the wrapper.
The Palm Pixi appears to have no moving parts and still has a real tactile keyboard (a must for me and many others I know that are less concerned with games and watching stuff and more concerned with getting things done). The keyboard looks bigger than the Palm Centro’s, perhaps may I hope, back to the Treo 700 keyboard? I’m guessing not, but one can hope. I know what you’re thinking, why would I want to hail back to one of the chunkiest phones since the Zach Morris “Mobile” Phone? Because this thing is going to be oh so thin… .05 inches thinner than iPhone 3Gs! That’s like a whole other business card you could be carrying in your pocket if you switch from iPhone 3Gs to Palm Pixi come this holiday season.
It appears that the phone will have a nice little 8 GB solid state flash drive on board, and I’m not sure but with Palm’s track record I doubt there will be a 16 GB option like the Apple offering. The Pixi’s touchscreen in the demos appear to be just as responsive, if not more, than the Palm Pre, bringing life and purpose to webOS on board. An added possibility that I’d be willing to soil my pants over; the back is reportedly as soft as the replacement backs for the Palm Pre and Touchstone. That would mean that they would be touchstone ready, so chumps like me that already have two touchstones will be able to switch over to the Palm Pixi with less travail.
Again, Palm Pixi relinquishes major touchscreen real estate with a real keyboard, where iPhone brings a beautiful full sized keyboard with the inconvenience of a virtual keyboard. So it’s really up to your priorities. That’s a nice balanced way of putting it, but come on, that marble game on iPhone (and also our childhoods) where you tilt the ball through a treacherous holey maze is great but gets old after 10 minutes. Trade that for the ability to type text messages, web sites, addresses in google maps, etc with at least 33% more speed (conservatively) because of the real keyboard, not to mention the ability to do it all simultaneously because of a multi-tasking OS? We’ll leave that up to you.
One thing iPhone will almost always have over Palm products and their newer webOS platform is a much greater App development support community. Their library of Apps might always be greater, but as Palm releases access to more developers to distribute directly through their App Catalog, we’ll see how Palm’s more liberal paradigm will play out in App variety. I’ve been pretty disappointed so far with the time it’s taken for the App catalog to grow, but what do I know about these kinds of rollouts? Nada.
Most of the other differences boil down to the differences between most Palm and Apple products. The Palm Pixi has the normal volume buttons and mute switch on most Palm phones.
I’m hoping Pixi is a little snappier than Pre. I’m spending my young adult years wating for my emails to open.