March Smart Phone Madness Game 6: Nexus One vs. Palm Pre Plus
Voting has concluded for this contest, but more Smart Phone Madness awaits!
Welcome to the Game 6 of March Smart Phone Madness, ladies and gents, where we saw the BlackBerry Tour–this year’s Michigan State?– pull out a win over the Motorola Devour at the buzzer. Next up we have the Google Nexus One against the Palm Pre Plus. Both phones are equipped with capacitive touchscreens, but the Palm Pre Plus slides open to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard. Will that give the webOS device a slight edge over the Android 2.1 handset?
The Google Nexus One earned an Editor’s Choice, and for good reason. The device, manufactured by HTC, is slim and sleek, but well built. It has the snappy 1GHz Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm which makes opening and running applications on the device a breeze. The Nexus One also has some neat tricks up its sleeve like live wallpapers and support for Google Earth and Google Navigation. Coupled with all the Apps available in the Android Market, the Nexus One is going to be a pretty tough phone to beat.
While it’s only available for T-Mobile USA, AT&T, and Rogers Wireless at the moment, it will be coming to Verizon and Sprint in the near future. Even though Nexus One sales have been slow compared to the iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid, being available for every major carrier could give the Nexus One a huge boost with the right marketing and advertising. Like we’ve said before, the Nexus One is going to be a quadruple threat.
Up against the Nexus One is the Palm Pre Plus for Verizon. The “Plus” means that it has double the memory and RAM of its cousin on the Sprint network, the Palm Pre. The Palm Pre Plus does away with the little navigation ball on the face of the phone for a sleeker look. Sporting webOS, Palm’s gorgeous and intuitive operating system, along with a keyboard that is an improvement on the previous Pre, the Palm Pre Plus is a decent smart phone on a rock solid network. Plus, the phone can double as a Wi-Fi hotspot, a great feature if you need to connect your laptop to the Internet in a pinch.
What we didn’t like about the Pre Plus was its battery life and sometimes laggy performance – two very critical points in using a smart phone. In addition to that, app selection on webOS is very limited and we’re not sure how many developers are jumping on the bandwagon given Palm’s current position in the market.
So, which handset will pull off the win in this round? Will it be the hottest Android device on the market right now? Or will it be the finest webOS handset you can buy today?