Why the Palm Pre Is a Major Advancement in Smartphones
It seems easy to judge an old smartphone from years ago as not being as good as today's smartphones, but that's not just because of speeds and feeds or just the industrial design. What makes one smartphone better than another is a combination of the materials used, the industrial design that integrates those materials, the user interface, the services provided, and how clever and intuitive the system is. Here, Knowledge Center mobile and wireless analyst J. Gerry Purdy shares 10 reasons why he thinks the Palm Pre is the best smartphone to date.When the iPhone was introduced two years ago, it was a paradigm shift in smartphone technology, providing what most people feel is a very natural user interface (no instruction manual was needed), along with a sleek industrial design. I can remember thinking, "It's going to take quite an effort for someone to outdo Apple and create a smartphone that would be better than the iPhone." Palm is betting the company's future on the introduction of the Palm Pre. Many of us recalled that the Treo was the darling of high technology when it was introduced many years ago. It was the first smartphone with a very intuitive UI and everyone had one. But, all of us in technology are quite fickle-we love what we have until someone comes along and creates something better. Then we all jump ship and move on to the next whiz-bang phone that comes along.
Everyone has compared new smartphones introduced in the past two years with the iPhone, and most have come up short. The Palm Pre is the first I've seen to clearly provide a user experience that's as good as or better than the iPhone. The Pre's UI is a little more natural because it leverages many of the things that Treo did well-particularly the layout of the screen while a call is in process. Plus, it goes further than the iPhone in a number of areas, such as integrating more than one kind of information on a single screen.