Palm Pre's inner iPhone revealed
Comparisons are inevitable. And (mostly) favorable
Photos The Palm Pre has been available for only a few short days, but that's been long enough for the good folks at the online repair-and-parts-shop iFixIt to get their hands on one and perform a loving vivisection.
The iFixIters have good things to say about the Pre's WebOS operating system, 3-megapixel camera, and replaceable battery, but are less impressed with its hardware keyboard and difficult serviceability.
We don't recommend tearing a Pre apart by yourself - unless you have consummate gadget-surgery skills and nerves of steel. According to iFixIt, "The Pre is definitely not an easy phone to service. There are lots of fragile and tricky tabs that will make putting the phone back together challenging."
You can view the entire 24-step Palm Pre Teardown on iFixIt's new geekalicious Gadget Teardowns website (user contributions encouraged). In addition, you can check out a component diagram and detailed chip-by-chip analysis of the Pre by one of iFixIt's partners, phoneWreck.
Since the full teardown is so lengthy and complex, we'll focus on iFixIt's comparisons between the new Pre and the oh-so-familiar Apple iPhone.
The Palm Pre's keyboard is made of plastic, not pixels
The first and possibly most obvious difference between the two allegedly sexy smartphones is that the Pre's keyboard is a hardware unit, while the iPhone's oft-maligned soft keyboard is a touch-screen dealie.
But while you might think a hardware keyboard would be automatically superior to a tiny touch-screen model, iFixIt isn't so sure. "Revealing the keyboard feels awkward and interrupts the smooth WebOS experience," they say, adding "Try before you buy, because this keyboard could be enough to deter picky users."
The Pre is chunkier than the iPhone - but that may be a good thing
The Pre is shorter and stockier than the iPhone, but to iFixIt that makes it more comfortable to use. "We love the feel of holding the Pre in our hands. In its closed position, it feels much more comfortable to hold than the iPhone."
You can replace the Pre's battery all by yourself
The Pre's back panel is easily snapped off to reveal its 1150 mAh battery - the same capacity as the iPhone's. Unlike the iPhone's battery, however, you can replace the Pre's on your own - just as you can replace the batteries in, oh, about 99.9 per cent of all mobile consumer electronic devices.
Not a boombox, but not half-bad, either
With the back panel off, you can see the Pre's speaker, which was in the upper right-hand corner of the back-panel snap-off photo, above. iFixIt describes it as being "substantially better than the one in the iPhone."
Next page: Deeper inside
I absolutely hate my N95 (original, not 8GB)!!
* It's a brick
* It keeps warning me I'm running out of memory (but giving me no way to easily rectify this!)
* It's far too easy to accidentally exit any app you're in
* It's slow (possibly related to point 2)
* It's poorly integrated - it has these features you're so proud of but it's such a disjointed user experience, everything just stands alone.
Frankly I can't wait to get rid of this brick (oh I forgot to mention, the battery compartment cover is held on with blutack because the clips that hold it on are made of pathetic plastic that breaks far too easily). And who designed the two-way slider!! Bane of my life!!
Why all the comments about iPhones
... and the Pre is not very like the iPhone than any other phone, either?
No not a prat just 21 and very optimistic...oh to be that young again.
Now wheres my walking stick need to chase some kids off my lawn.