The iPhone finally faces a tough rival -- Palm's comeback device, the Pre. The Pre is a nimble multitasker, but the new iPhone 3G S offers snappier performance than its predecessor and can record video. Here's how the phones stack up.
|THE iPHONE||THE PRE|
|TYPING||The touch keyboard takes some getting used to. With new software, however, you can type e-mails on a larger landscape keyboard.||The slide-out keyboard feels better than a touch one, but the layout is a bit cramped compared with that of most BlackBerrys.|
|CALENDARS AND CONTACTS||The iPhone syncs with Outlook via USB. If you have Apple's MobileMe service ($99 a year) or use Exchange, it can sync wirelessly.||The Pre automatically (and wirelessly) links information from sources such as Outlook and Google to provide a unified view.|
|MULTITASKING||Only one app can be open at once. But the new notification system can deliver information in the background, such as instant messaging alerts, without draining the battery.||Palm lets you have multiple programs open simultaneously and shuffle among them with ease. An elegant notification bar presents alerts without interrupting your work.|
|INTERNET||The 3G S downloads webpages faster than the 3G, but AT&T's network is inconsistent. International data service is available.||Web surfing is fast on Sprint's 3G network, but you can't use the Pre overseas. Webpages look good despite the smaller screen.|
|COST||The 3G S costs $199.99 for 16GB or $299.99 for 32GB, and the 3G now costs $99 for 8GB. For monthly service, $89.99 includes 450 minutes, 5GB of data, and unlimited texts.||The Pre comes in 8GB only and costs $199.99 after a rebate. For monthly service, $69.99 includes 450 minutes, unlimited data, and unlimited texts.|