T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

Summary: I was reading through Jason Hiner's take on the Palm Pre and I do hope that Palm can compete with the device and new OS since I am a Palm fan from the good old days dating back to 1997. Jason posted five reasons to expect a homerun, but I have to take issue with a couple of them and say that the G1 already does these so they are not unique to the Palm Pre. Reason number 4, carriers want an iPhone competitor, is debatable because I think we are going to see many more Android devices that do just that. Since there is nothing solid as far as announcements go I will leave that one alone. However, I disagree with his reasons number 1 and 2.

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I was reading through Jason Hiner's take on the Palm Pre and I do hope that Palm can compete with the device and new OS since I am a Palm fan from the good old days dating back to 1997. Jason posted five reasons to expect a homerun, but I have to take issue with a couple of them and say that the G1 already does these so they are not unique to the Palm Pre. Reason number 4, carriers want an iPhone competitor, is debatable because I think we are going to see many more Android devices that do just that. Since there is nothing solid as far as announcements go I will leave that one alone. However, I disagree with his reasons number 1 and 2.

Reason 2: In reason 2 Jason states the following:

So the ultimate device should combine a touchscreen and a qwerty keyboard, right? The G1 makes a noble attempt, but it’s flip-down keyboard is awkward and not very effective. The Palm Pre represents the first effective fusion of the two, although it’s not perfect either. The Pre keyboard is even a little smaller than the BlackBerry Curve, so it will be tough for people with large fingers to use. Nevertheless, it’s the first smartphone to effectively combine a full touchscreen with an effective qwerty thumboard. Other devices will likely follow its lead.

While the G1 may be a bit of a clunky device, the keyboard is one part that actually shines on the device. It has great spacing, six full rows of keys in an offset QWERTY format just like your PC, assignable shortcuts to just about EVERY key to make navigation on the device extremely efficient, and good feedback so you know when a key is pressed. I am a QWERTY keyboard fan and have tested many, many of these and have to say the G1 keyboard is one of the most efficient keyboards that lets me fly during text entry.

Now with the 1.5 cupcake update you get an on-screen keyboard with haptic feedback to go along with the fantastic G1 keyboard so you get the best of both worlds and I argue that the G1 is the first smartphone to effectively combine a capacitive touchscreen with an effective thumboard. Have you played with the Palm Pre keyboard? It is way too cramped and is not even close to being one of the best keyboards out there. As soon as BlackBerry brings a touch screen to their QWERTY keyboard devices they will probably set the bar here too so the Pre is far from the ultimate in this case.

Reason 1: The Palm Pre is not the first multi-tasking smartphone out there since Windows Mobile and S60 have done it for years. If you want to see someone doing it more elegantly, then again take a look at the Google Android device running on the G1. The G1 has the best background notification system on a smartphone and also supports true multi-tasking. You can simply press and hold the home button to easily jump between the current six running applications as well and it does this with a cool fuzzy background/clear pop-up method. This is just like an Alt-Tab experience and closely models a PC multi-tasking experience.

It will be interesting to see how the Palm Pre does as it launches this weekend, but I have to say I am definitely not as optimistic as Jason at this time. Do you agree that the G1 is strong in these areas or is the Palm Pre the new leader?

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  • FINALLY!!

    Someone one with sense.

    I like the Palm Pre and all but all this first this and first that is ridiculous. Its no better an IPhone competitor than Android and both of them beat the IPhone. Android does a better job of managing multi-tasking instead of leaving it to you on a device that needs high availability. The cards look neat but its a step backwards.

    People actually are pretty much comparing WebOS to Android on the points where it doesn't win and missing the ones where it does. Right now it has the better search and Exchange out of the box. But Android in Canada has Exchange out of the box and 2.0 actually will up the ante on search by allowing developers to add to extend search.

    I think the competition is good but I wish the bloggers would stay out of it with all the erroneous statements and marketing. Let the devices compete on merit.
    storm14k
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

    What!!! You guys think that G1 has better search than the Pre? You guys obviously need help. Palm has synergy, I dont know if you researched on this, but it allows you to search everything on your phone and the internet by just typing on the main menu. You dont need to swipe and then type your search, like on the G1, and not only that, its universal, need to lookup a contact, a document, or even a song? Just type it. Yes, G1 does multitasking, and it does do it nicely, but to say the palm pre takes a step backward in this area is rediculous!! The idea behind the deck of cards to see all your applications live, to see your work so far. G1 cannot do this. So dont even try to go there. Get your facts straight before you even compare the devices, or in this case, the operating systems
    Jtech77
    • If the swipe bothers you

      just move the widget to the default screen. No big whoop.
      Michael Kelly
    • If you read...

      ...you would see that I said WebOS has the better search right NOW. The 2.0 version of Android will have the same search PLUS it can be extended by developers.

      Android does not show your applications as the Pre does because you don't need it. There is no need to scroll through applications. While your scrolling through that deck I can click the icon of my app and be back to where I wanted to be. Even though its worthless apps have been added on the market that allow you to browse your running apps anyway.

      You might want to actually understand the devices and read my post correctly before responding.
      storm14k
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

    Yes I had a Motorola Que reminds of this phone your talking about now, but I remember the phone acting like a computer it loaded up slowly after no time at all they discontinued that model and came out with all the new stuff like that Iphone, and people were buying them up I know a person I am very close to that purchased an Iphone and it gets very hot if your talking for a long time, I think this is a bomb waiting to blow or something, I tried it myself and after about 35 minutes to an hour of talking the phone gets really hot.

    Those computerized phones they got to step it up and make the battery size a little bigger or the change should not effect the phone like this, no one wants to admit it who is an Iphone user that is gets hot most people use that hard case to cover this problem. This might be a radiation thing or something I really do not trust all this technology on cell phones, I just got me a regular old phone made by "Kyocera" its not the best phone but it works for me. I do not have to worry about it getting hot or loading whe I activate it. There is no problems. MetroPCS is who is carrier is and its only local service not nothing to travel with yeah that sucks but it works for me.
    Dmobile215
  • THE PRE IS HERE!!! or what not to like about it?

    Well I have been waiting for a few months now to get my hands on a pre, and yop I played with one yesterday at the sprint store....
    Cool phone, and as you all know I love my Treo with Palm OS!! and I can text while driving in my car.. (don't tell the fuzz)
    the Pre is a disappointment from the stand of the cruddy keyboard its even smaller than my Treo, you need a magnifying glass to used it...

    This makes the Pre, in my humble mind, a FLOP, as I will not upgrade....
    phoenixcomm
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 has a much better QWERTY keyboard than the Palm Pre

    totally, this is a great unbiased comparison! finally someone understands that the g1 is as good as the iphone, at least! (even tho i luvvv iphones, dont call me a hater ;)) the palm pres keyboard is way too small and cramped, agreed, tho i luv palms new os and think theyll do a great job with it on future devices. the palm pre does well showing off the os, but the hardware has some serious issues, and feels plasticky (at least to me.) im gonna stick with my g1 and in the future maybe head for another android device or an iphone! :)
    Geekout777