AT&T's iPhone vs. Pre comparison chart

AT&T's iPhone vs. Pre comparison chart

Summary: Pre Central hold ahold on an internal "cheat sheet" that AT&T is distributing to its retail staff in anticipation of the launch the new Palm smartphone on the Sprint/Nextel network in the U.S.

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Pre Central hold ahold on an internal "cheat sheet" that AT&T is distributing to its retail staff in anticipation of the launch the new Palm smartphone on the Sprint/Nextel network in the U.S. The document compares the upcoming Pre to Apple's iPhone on a feature-by-feature basis.

The Pre faithful are sure to be critical of a few of the items on AT&T's list:

  • The Palm Pre "Touchscreen control gestures not intuitive" whereas the iPhone features "Patented Multi-Touch screen" and "Fast and responsive navigation."  Hokay.
  • The iPhone sports a  "Thinner, lighter, bigger screen, metal and glass design" while the Pre is "Available in Black only; plastic casing."
  • The Pre gets knocked for not being a GSM world phone and "Limited free Wi-Fi access" because they don't get to use AT&T Hotpots.
  • The Pre has an "Unproven App Catalog app store."

If nothing more, the document is further evidence that the Pre release is imminent.

Read all the entire document at Pre Central.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Smartphones, AT&T, Wi-Fi

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  • It's more about the service than the phone.

    Obviously not everyone agrees, but for me then it's more about the service than the phone. I want an iPhone pretty badly but since ATT sucks then I'm all for the Pre. Not because the Pre is some magic phone, but because it is available on my preferred carrier.

    Justify nonsensical points and brag all you want ATT, but YOU are the reason I don't have an iPhone.
    Urkel
    • I'd get an iPhone...

      ...if Sprint carried it. I've had Sprint for almost 2 years, and no complaints. The customer service has responded to my needs and the wireless broadband coverage is in areas I need it (California, southern Oregon).
      DonRupertBitByte
      • You don't travel outside of the US?

        I take it that you almost never leave the continental since you are happy
        with service that is limited to the continental US and only certain areas.
        Many of those things listed as advantages of the iPhone would not exist
        if Sprint or Verizon carried it and I believe that Verizon is know for
        requesting phone models with WiFi removed from the devices they carry.
        aristotle_z
    • Both valid points.

      I love sprint... I left AT&T long ago and was with Sprint for 4 years. When it comes to standard cell service, Sprint is the leader.

      I was sad to see Apple choose AT&T and not Sprint. I reluctantly switched to AT&T just so I could have an iPhone.

      I hope that changes in 2010 and I can dump AT&T again. For me, the benefit of having an iPhone far outweighed my disliking AT&T. So.. I love the phone and don't think there is anything else that can come close to it, and at the same time, I hate the carrier... It's bittersweet, but hey... that's life, accept it, move on, and try to focus on the things you love and enjoy.
      i8thecat
  • Screen Readers: Translation From Image

    Heading: AT&T iPhone 3G vs. Sprint Palm Pre comparison chart

    Table has three columns and 10 rows.

    Row Heading 1
    Column Heading 1: Sprint Palm Pre
    Column Heading 2: AT&T iPhone 3G

    Row 2
    Image showing Sprint Palm Pre in column 2 and AT&T iPhone 3G in column 3.

    Row 3
    Column Heading 1: Value Prop
    Column 2:
    Bullet 1: 3.1-inch touchscreen display
    Bullet 2: Full QWERTY keyboard
    Bullet 3: Limited to 8GB storage
    Bullet 4: Available in Black only; plastic casing
    Column 3:
    Bullet 1: Thinner, lighter, bigger screen; metal and glass design
    Bullet 2: 3.5" multi-touch screen display
    Bullet 3: On-screen QWERTY keyboard
    Bullet 4: Up to 16GB memory; available in Black or White

    Row 4
    Column Heading 1: Applications
    Column 2:
    Bullet 1: Unproven App Catalog app store
    Bullet 2: Limited 3D gaming experience with webOS constraints
    Column 3:
    Bullet 1: Over 25,000 available apps (applications)
    Bullet 2: Almost 1 Billion apps downloaded

    Row 5
    Column Heading 1: UI (User Interface)
    Column 2:
    Bullet 1: Touchscreen control gestures not initiative
    Column 3:
    Bullet 1: Patented Multi-Touch screen
    Bullet 2: Fast and responsive navigation

    -----------------------------------------------------

    Surely, I love to type, but my fingers are tired from tabbling between two pages due to my short-term memory loss, as I couldn't be able to store so much data in my memory just to type this out (ugh!), even though my fingers are not that tired from typing. My fingers does not like to slow down when typing. :p

    I'll find some other time to type since I'm at row 6. The reason why I typed this out from an image is because for those who are blind reading ZDNet news, I wanted to try to get the text out of the image and allow the screen readers to read it in Talkback.

    This is from my perspective of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, for short) since I cared so much for it--for allowing the blind to get around the world, including the Internet when it comes to accessibility.
    Grayson Peddie