Seems to me that the iPhone faces more and better competition as time passes by. In fact, when I heard about the Palm Pre last year (or was it earlier this year) I thought that I might have found something to best the iPhone. When I ran across this comparison by Jon Stokes, I found myself thinking. I do not have the Pre, but I was pretty sure that I wanted one – until I read this about traveling with the Pre:
The first thing to note about air travel with the Pre is that airports are very iPhone-friendly places. You don’t notice just how many shops and electronics vending machines have iPhone accessories—chargers, battery extenders, external speakers, etc.—until you’ve rejoined the ranks of the iPhone-less. So, when traveling with a Pre, you need your charger with you at all times; if you’ve left it behind somewhere, don’t expect to walk into some random shop and find much in the way of charging options.
Charging options aside, what are the other things that work against the Pre when you’re on the road (or air for that matter)? Stokes hit a raw nerve when he highlighted the fact that there isn’t much that you can do with the Pre when you don’t have much to do – like when you’re on a long flight or a long road trip.
The thing is, we have to consider that the Pre is relatively new and that the online store still has a long way to go. After all, Apple has had a big head start.
So, iPhone or Pre? Can I have both?