June is really a big month for smartphones, in the past 1 week three decades biggest smartpones have launched. The Palm Pre, Apple iPhone 3GS and the Nokia N97! The Pre promises to revive Palm and put new life into the once very innovative maker, Apple unveil its fastest iTouch device ever with a major OS update and Nokia looks to create that punch in the touch screen segment with its N97.
Each one of them appeals to a different consumer and has its own strong points and ready buyers. N97, Pre and the iPhone all three have a different structure, different OS and a different market. So which one of these are you buying? Waiting for reviews comparing them? Have a look at each of them individually:
About Palm Pre: Palm ‘Pre’ is good attempt at the smartphones market, than the original iPhone or the iPhone 3G. iPhone has its own charm , it attracts people, gets usual attention and is wonderful gizmo. But the iPhone fails in some common things and that make a switch for some Blackberry user. The Pre packs in a physical QWERTY, brings in Multitasking and a great UI with multitouch. It’s the best of both worlds. Touch devices are buzzing and its a wonderful way to use any technology. Pre gets the best of touch and physical with an amazing OS/UI. , Pre is like Superman Returns.
About Nokia N97: Nokia N97 though a N-series, reminds as the communicator. An attempt made by Nokia to hit the touch market and indeed make it a iPhone killer. N97 packs in extreme features with 32GB+16GB storage, 5MP camera with DVD quality video recording and live widgets on the homescreen to present better web experience. At the similar time a sideways sliding QWERTY resembles the E90 design once open (though the mechanism is as seen in SE Xperia). Features alone did make a good gadget. Not a very little phone, bulky, studded with features and a sideways opening keyboard that is much more inconvenient to use (on the go) than a Blackberry, Palm Pre, E71 or even an iPhone. N97is a business phone made for media lovers. Mainly trying to stop the touch devices from robbery Nokia users on their side. Although the 5800 did extremely well on the price point, the N97 is Nokia’s attempt to serve the power users. All in all, the N97 retains the Nokia users … giving little competition to the iPhone.
N97: However this doesn’t fit here, as mention that Nokia makes the same error it made with the N7710. It was a full featured device in its time with FM, Touchscreen, handy design, nice camera etc. Though the processor was so slow that the usability was terrible. With 128MB ram and 434Mhz processor on a king size smartphone like the N97 makes wonder of the Symbian OS will handle the power users efficiently?
About iPhone 3GS: The 2 things redefined by Apple in the smartphones 1) Multitouch / full touch interface 2) The App Store. These were 2 masterstrokes in 2 years. Super hit, no doubt! We love the iPhone – amazing audio/video, mobile internet like never before, again a great swift OS+UI and the Apple touch in every turn. With Jail breaking and App Store apps its haven. Apple manage to present a unique powerphone feel with the iPhone, its own charm, own followers! Regular smartphone users would find it mighty difficult to adapt to Apple’s style. No Bluetooth transfer, no USB mass storage, no physical keypad/qwerty, no camera flash, proprietary chargers, cables etc. Though with an amazing OS v3.0, superb games, hardware bump, video recording and even stronger web integration with wireless goodies, Apple manages to attract its media lovers. iPhone is a beautiful and fast phone.
In a funny way, Business users would feel the iPhone as their girlfriend whereas the Blackberry as their wife! What do you guys feel about that……