Palm Pre to kill the iPhone?

Chicago (IL) – The Palm Pre (slideshow), unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, has been widely discussed as a possible iPhone killer. While it’s received a wealth of attention, is it truly a phone packing as much punch as the claims? Could it really give the iPhone a run for its money, affording Palm the chance to mount a comeback? Palm Pre, Palm Pre, oh what does the future see?

Unlike the majority of phone companies, Palm has not released a new phone model since the various Treos that have been released since 2007. Its new Palm Pre smartphone is a major redesign, built completely on an a Linux-based version, called webOS. It is fair to see the Pre will more than likely make or break the company.

TG Daily has not yet been able to review the new smartphone, but the majority of reviewers so far have been pleased with the phone. PC World claims the phone might be a top competitor of the iPhone, which hasn’t really had a lot of real competition to date.

The iPhone and Pre are similar in interface appearance. Aesthetically, it is excellent competition. The iPhone is intuitive and users rave about it, however the addition of a physical keyboard to the Palm Pre really sets it aside, and reviewers claim the keyboard is easy to use and comfortable. The downside to the Pre is the lack of the touchscreen keyboard some feel they can’t live without.

The Palm Pre offers amazing features, for example the ability to toggle between applications simply and easily while running more than one application simultaneously with a simple swipe of the finger. And closing an application is done with a flick, thereby wiping it off the screen.

Users are able to run applications in the background, such as instant messenger or email. This is something the iPhone does not allow, opting instead for PUSH signaling from remote servers (see our iPhone OS 3.0 review, and here).

Software updates for the Palm Pre are allowed over the air, and application availability will be similar to that seen in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android market, offering users a wealth of software options.

The Palm Pre has an opportunity to give Apple a run for their money, but the question remains: Will it?