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Real World Test of Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 3GS

The start up of the Palm Pre seemed to be slow but we are unaware if this phone was the updated webOS version. The Palm Pre took over 1 1/2 minutes to start up. But when we got to web browsing, Palm blew away the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in that department. Palm Pre also beat the iPhone in photo taking and emailing. The Palm Pre bested both iPhones in the main two tests but the start up time was abysmal.

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Reader Comments (25)

Yes, because I really need to boot up my pre every time I want to send an e-mail ;)

My pre has booted up twice. Once at the store, once when I had to pull the battery for the ghost armor install.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkansei

Palm Pre's OS is much more complex than iPhone's so it only makes sense that the boot-up time be much longer. Yet, it blows away even 3GS in usability and browsing speed.

Palm Pre rules again!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I just wanna make out with Bonnie Cha's chubby face!! I don't know why I am so in love with her!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

so "S" on iPhone 3G·S means "Speed"... or maybe "Slow"?

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterdeCorvett

I've noticed the insanely slow start up time on the Pre but honestly it makes so little difference to me because I never ever turn off my phone. Especially now that my phone is a miniature computer, I have even less reason to turn it off. Who turns off their computer?

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdannyid



June 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterPreThinking

The Pre rules the universe! You can't get any better than this right now. The new nokia, blackberry, android and iphone still can't compare @ this point. That's just the facts.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSoul Incredible

That is right!!! Palm Pre rules!!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYMurcia

I have the original iPhone and I installed the update yesterday - it is quite nice but I want a proper QWERTY keyboard - I'm in a bit of a decision between BB or Pre for my upgrade (unless O2 make me some fabulous discount over on the 3GS I might be swung!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I've had to reboot my pre about 4 times now because of issues with it. Like it saying that I can't open any more cards when I only have 1 open, or none of my data stuff would work, and one time it wouldn't charge. Rebooting has always fixed the issue and the amount of time it took didn't really bother me to much but I did notice it did take awhile.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWarren Parks

Your rarely turn off the Palm Pre. You only have to power it up out of the box. The rest of the time... It's always on and ready to go. If you go on a plane, the Pre has airplane mode (which is different than Powering off). Airplane mode simply turns off the GPS and phone feature. Upon landing, you turn off aiplane mode and the Pre is ready to make a call or give GPS directions within 5 seconds (no kidding). I'm an airline pilot and must use airplane mode feature often. The power up issue is a non-issue!

Get the Palm Pre. Best phone at the best price!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRic

I have only powered it off once since I've had it. Linux is windows and doesn't need to be rebooted often!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNobel

I reboot my pre once a day (actually when I'm plugging it in for the night). It takes forever but who cares, I'm brushing my teeth and going to bed!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM in pdx

* I meant linux ISN'T windows

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNobel

Now try browsing with your pre over 3G in Canada or anywhere else in the world and let's see how fast or amazing it is. Calling WebOS more complex than OS X mobile is like calling a ford focus a better performing machine than a porsche--it just doesn't reflect the facts.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermosamjc

@mosamjc I will never go to Canada, ever.

What is OS X built on idiot?

UNIX dumbass! Linux is a free Unix-type operating system (Free BSD)

Linux = Palm Pre.

Bite me!

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDantheMan

Does the C in CNET stand for Ching-Chong?

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaha

canada has a huge evdo rev a network so whats the point.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentered

Don't call me an idiot when you don't know the world of difference between real unix and bsd operating systems and Linux. Seriously, don't open your mouth when you don't know the difference between unix/bsd and an operating loosely based on unix.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermosamjc

One "real" world test does not prove anything. Perhaps the Sprint network IN THAT LOCATION AT THAT CITY was faster than the iPhone's connection. You do know network signal varies in different location, right?

Here is a more comprehensive benchmark:

The iPhone 3GS wins hands down.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkingsy

@kingsy is right. This CNET test is meaningless. It's not the Pre that's faster it justs Sprint's network coverage. Even the playing field over WiFi and I know you'll see something different.

Head over to ANANDTECH to get some real numbers... over 3G.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames

The Pee might have cool software, but the build quality is just low... plastic, plastic and plastic. I mean, even the screen... come on Palm, get into the game, plastic screens is so 80ish.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArtin

I could never go back to a physical, slide-out or otherwise, dust catcher keyboard after using the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.

No thanks to the Pre with it's small screen and slide out.

I will stick to the iPhone.

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeo

Dumb test...that would be like testing one of the phones on WiFi via DSL connection and the other on WiFi via cable broadband or fiber even.

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

For those people who are citing anandtech's *review*, you could see that the tester *always* started with the iPhone, then the Pre. How can that be a comparative test when the iPhone always had a head-start? What's more, during the test, the iPhone *hung* after switching from 3G to wi-fi. Woo-hoo.


June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFurball

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