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  1.    #1  
    Hello all!
    I decided to go ahead and purchase the Droid to go ahead and test it out and decide whether I should switch over from the Pre. Here's my comparison, coming from a person who has been using a Pre since launch day.

    Design: I personally like the Droid's design, but my understanding is that I'm in the minority on that. The Pre is more elegant, with rounder edges, and more pocketable.

    The Droid is sharp and angular, and looks like a very European product to me. It also looks extremely masculine, which might be a mitigating factor to some.

    (Off topic really quick: When did 'soft edges' become the new design du jour? I mean, looking at reviews for the Hero/Eris, people seem to love the round edges and hate the Droid's square ones. I think the square edges give it a cooler, futuristic look and the soft ones give it a bland look, but that's just me-- either way, the Pre is irrelevant here, since it's not really a rectangular phone to begin with. It's more ovular.)

    One thing that I noticed is that the Droid is considerably heavier, but also feels better in the hand since there's no slippery plastic. However, I really feel like I could drop the Pre and it would be okay. In fact, I have. Several times. The Droid seems more fragile/breakable to me, but I do love that glass screen. It just feels high-end.

    User Interface:

    There's no denying the Pre is 'prettier' than the Droid. It has an overall cleaner look that just seems more consumer-friendly. The Droid, with all the icons on the home screen, can get a bit messy. However, widgets are awesome. Both have notification systems that are the best out there, but the Droid has a slight advantage, because when notifications arrive on the Pre, they shrink the screen space and often slow the phone down, whereas the Droid's pull-down shade is a little more unobtrusive. Another thing to note is the whole gestures vs buttons thing. I think gestures to go back is a cooler concept, however, on the Pre sometimes I feel like my gesture to go back doesn't register, especially if I'm in the middle of a particularly CPU-heavy action. On the droid, the capacitive button helps me ensure that every time I press it, it registers.

    Speed:
    This is really the big difference. The Droid is at least 3 times faster than the Pre. Literally-- no exaggeration. A task that might take about 4-6 seconds on the Pre is INSTANT on the Droid. I mean, opening emails, replying to texts, searching for Contacts, etc.

    The Droid also renders lists and web pages faster. I mean, can you imagine scrolling through your music library or contacts lists on your Pre? It literally makes me cringe thinking about it. All this is smooth as butter on the Droid.

    When I try using the Pre after using the Droid, it just feels so slow. I don't know if I'm impatient or what, but waiting 4-6 seconds for any given action to execute is just painful for me.

    Multi-tasking:
    The Pre really shines here. Though it's slow, the multi-tasking is much better. Even though Android can do the exact same thing, it doesn't feel as cool. For example, say I want to check my flight info on continental.com, and then compose an email with that info. On the Pre, I can have the two cards side by side and flip back and forth (whether the Pre will freeze or slow down is a different story). On Android, it's more of an unseen multitasking process, which has less of a wow factor.

    Battery Life:
    I've noticed that they are both pretty equal on moderate use days. However, with heavy use, the Droid outlasts the Pre.

    Apps:
    I think Android succeeds over the Pre largely because of the apps. For example, the Droid has no multitouch implementation in the browser or photo gallery or maps. There are apps which fix that. Should it be available out of the box like the Pre? Yes. But at the end of the day, it's there, for users of both platforms. I don't necessarily appreciate the Pre any more because it has the functionality natively.

    I think Android also has a lot more usable apps, for me. The redundancy of tip calculators/location-based finders/information aggregators (Sports score for every city in the world!) is just amateur in comparison to the Droid.

    The Droid has excellent games (I love racing games which use the accelerometer), and much more functional apps that are free. That's another difference. Apps which should be free (and are on the iPhone or Android) are generally at least .99 on the Pre. Should we really have to shell out for an air hockey game which is free on the other two platforms? Or a remote for the computer? I don't mind shelling out for apps that are unprecedented and one-of-a-kind (I am t-pain anyone?), but for basics, it's a little annoying.

    The other benefit is the ability to replace stock apps like SMS, Email clients, Dialers, and browsers. Android has had this functionality since a month after the OS was out. Why WebOS doesn't yet is beyond me.

    Camera:
    No question-- the Pre's camera is amazing. Though the Droid's is 5MP to the Pre's 3MP, it's just crappy. The one amazing thing about the Pre's camera which I haven't seen on ANY other cell phone camera is the instant capture of photos. On any other platform, it seems that it takes between 3-5 seconds at least to capture a photo. About 4 seconds on the Droid. Thus, if you want to capture your friend jumping off a huge rock or trying to balance something on their head, you're out of luck, except with the Pre, which is quick enough to capture these things.

    Overall, I think both phones are equal in many respects. Email, SMS, Phone calls, etc. I think they're both great. The reason why I think I'll keep the Droid over the Pre is mainly because of two things: the speed and the apps.

    I know as an early adopter that first-gen products often have bugs and missing features. However, it just seems like those two aspects of the Pre, which are the most important to me as a user, are not even being attempted to be fixed. I think the fact that there's no hope on the horizon for either of these two aspects is frustrating to me. For example, when Android was first released, there were many key features missing. But they were better at updating their community. They said 'Hey, there's this update called cupcake, and it fixes a, b, and c, and it will be out around this date. It gave current users who had shelled out their hard-earned money more incentive to stick around. With Palm, it's silence. When is video-recording coming? Better apps? Speed improvements? There's nothing concrete, just the promise of 'someday'.

    Palm is not opening up the SDK enough for developers to truly USE the phone's amazing processor to it's fullest. Hell, there's not even a timeline as to when we can have voice recording apps.

    Additionally, the speed seems to only be a concern for a minority of Pre users, if this forum is accurate in it's depiction of the general user population. Most people are fine with it being a little slow since most Pre owners are coming from feature phones or basic phones. However, for someone like me, coming from a Blackberry, waiting those additional 5-6 seconds for an action to register just seems ridiculous.

    If anybody has any direct comparison questions, I'd be more than happy to help!
    Last edited by ali.fazal; 12/26/2009 at 09:57 AM.
  2. #2  
    Thanks for the comparison. You addressed most of the issues I have with the Pre. I am going to stick it out for now for a variety of reasons. One, I have 5 of them (business partner, wife, two kids, and me) and the kids show the wife how to use hers. Two, I just love the phone. Hate the lag, but love the phone.
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    sounds to me like this wasn't an honest review. You pretty much gave anything equal to the droid. You are welcome to ur own opinion but don't play this off like it is an objective review.

    waste of time
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    Thanks for writing this comparison. There are some things that I disagree with, and as piaband says it's true that you are too subjective about the differences between these phones, but it's always useful to hear another person's take on the two products.
  5.    #5  
    I think the review is as objective as I could make it. All the features that the Pre was better on, I listed. Like the camera, or the multitasking UI.

    Some people just cannot accept any pre-related criticism, and reading their posts is indeed a waste of time.
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    Thank you for writing a real comparison instead of the all too common "Pre sucks..." fanboyish rants. It sure seems that the Droid fits your needs better, and congrats on that.

    I've tried out the Droid in a local Verizon store. Yes it is fast, but the user interface design just wasn't my cup of tea. To switch between apps, you use the home button, oh yeah, just like good old Palm OS, but it's much more fluid with Palm OS. Switching between live apps with a pop-up menu... I was doing that with KeyQuick's "list recently used apps" function on Palm OS, hmm, that seems familiar. Yet it's all too common that an app that I recently opened is already out of that 10-app list, and Android's grid has only 6. So now you go back to the Apps tray on the home menu, with a list of all apps. I like to categorize me apps, but this tray has no pages. Yes you can put them on the desktop with the widgets, but I like clean desktops.

    Next I tried to access wifi/network controls from the top status bar icons when I am not on the home screen. This is an intuitive, convenient touch in webOS, that is similar to the desktop Mac OS X. Nope, not the way Android works. I also like how I can access the menu of any app from the top left corner in webOS, very Palm style. Also, I blame Palm for getting me addicted to gestures, it is so Graffiti-like

    One last point, the demo Droid registered my taps on listings in the settings menu as swipes instead, and scrolled down the page. I wonder if that Verizon store had a screwed up Droid...

    After that try out, I realized that I am used to a lot of elements from Mac OS X and Palm OS. Disappointed that the iPhone is not as good as it's full size Mac OS brother (everything takes way too much taps), I've found that webOS, although not as good as Palm OS in someways, is my best fit on the current market.
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    Yes, Android is NOT for clean desktops, and takes getting used to in that regard. The only way to have instant access to wireless settings (wi-fi, GPS etc) is to put toggle widgets on the desktop and clutter it up.

    That's why I said WebOS is overall much cleaner.
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    I'm coming from a Pre, since launch, to the Droid. I received the Droid as a Xmas present on Xmas Eve. After using it for two days, I'm amazed. I've been trying to compare the two in every way I can think of. Literally, the only thing I think the Pre is better at is taking pictures. Like others have said, the Droid is very very fast at everything... it makes the Pre seem sluggish. The Droid comes with 3 home screens, so what I do is put system widgets (wifi, BT, etc) on one of the home screens I don't look at. I can turn on/off wifi faster on the Droid than the Pre. I have no issues multitasking on the Droid, so this is a non-issue.

    I'm not bashing the Pre... it will always have a place in my heart. But, IMHO the Droid blows the doors off any other device out right now.
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    I love my pre the only thing that makes me jealous is the digital compass
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    Thanks for the comparison...it is very helpful. I have been considering switching but I am still unsure. I played with the Droid at BestBuy. I did not like the kybd at all...my accuracy on it was horrible. Also as you mentioned the Pre's multi tasking is by far superior. Overall I like the Pre better...the only thing that may cause me to abandon the Pre is the lag. I can't stand having to wait for an app to open or to open my inbox.
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    had a G1, camera was really terrible, whole thing was terrible. Thanks for the review, any phone I have has to have a descent camera that shoots when you push the button. Lag bothers me on the Pre but sticking with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyg417 View Post
    I did not like the kybd at all...my accuracy on it was horrible.
    I've never been a TS keyboard person, but I love Swype keyboard. I never use the hardware kb on the Droid anymore.

    If the long rumored 3rd android phone (HTC Passion/Dragon) for Verizon hits within the next 28 days, I may trade in my Droid.
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    Interesting, you say it takes 5 to 6 seconds for your apps to open, me, all me apps open in around a second or less. The only app that takes 3 to 4 seconds is the navigation app. I generally don't have a lot of cards open, 1 to 3.
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    I just switched from the Pre to the Droid and I have to agree with almost every aspect of the OP's review. The Droid is near instantaneous when it comes to opening most of the basic apps that generally take a few seconds on the Pre.

    Really the only thing that seems to function better on the Pre is the camera. And that camera functions WAY better. The Pre camera is the best cell phone camera I've ever tried. The Droids camera is TERRIBLE and SLOW. It's especially bad in poor lighting. I tried to take a picture of my Christmas tree with the Droid... Wow did that come out bad.

    I'm not trying to say the Pre is a bad phone though. I absolutely loved using it. The multi-tasking on the Pre really made up for some of the other shortcomings with slower app loading and such. The pre is way more pocketable and lighter than the Droid.

    Neither keyboard was perfect for me, but I actually liked the Pre's keyboard a little better. It was really small and hard to get used to at first but the Droid's keyboard is just weird because all of the keys are so flat. I make a lot of mistakes typing with it so far. Maybe I'll get used to it too but I'm not adjusting very quickly.

    Really the ONLY reason I switched to the Droid though was because Sprint just doesn't have service out at my job... Verizon does, and the Droid is their best phone right now.
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    piaband is an ***** don't listen to him. he can't even convince his own friends to get a pre
  16. #16  
    Quote Originally Posted by ali.fazal View Post
    Hello all!
    I decided to go ahead and purchase the Droid to go ahead and test it out and decide whether I should switch over from the Pre. Here's my comparison, coming from a person who has been using a Pre since launch day.

    Design: I personally like the Droid's design, but my understanding is that I'm in the minority on that. The Pre is more elegant, with rounder edges, and more pocketable.

    The Droid is sharp and angular, and looks like a very European product to me. It also looks extremely masculine, which might be a mitigating factor to some.

    (Off topic really quick: When did 'soft edges' become the new design du jour? I mean, looking at reviews for the Hero/Eris, people seem to love the round edges and hate the Droid's square ones. I think the square edges give it a cooler, futuristic look and the soft ones give it a bland look, but that's just me-- either way, the Pre is irrelevant here, since it's not really a rectangular phone to begin with. It's more ovular.)

    One thing that I noticed is that the Droid is considerably heavier, but also feels better in the hand since there's no slippery plastic. However, I really feel like I could drop the Pre and it would be okay. In fact, I have. Several times. The Droid seems more fragile/breakable to me, but I do love that glass screen. It just feels high-end.

    User Interface:

    There's no denying the Pre is 'prettier' than the Droid. It has an overall cleaner look that just seems more consumer-friendly. The Droid, with all the icons on the home screen, can get a bit messy. However, widgets are awesome. Both have notification systems that are the best out there, but the Droid has a slight advantage, because when notifications arrive on the Pre, they shrink the screen space and often slow the phone down, whereas the Droid's pull-down shade is a little more unobtrusive. Another thing to note is the whole gestures vs buttons thing. I think gestures to go back is a cooler concept, however, on the Pre sometimes I feel like my gesture to go back doesn't register, especially if I'm in the middle of a particularly CPU-heavy action. On the droid, the capacitive button helps me ensure that every time I press it, it registers.

    Speed:
    This is really the big difference. The Droid is at least 3 times faster than the Pre. Literally-- no exaggeration. A task that might take about 4-6 seconds on the Pre is INSTANT on the Droid. I mean, opening emails, replying to texts, searching for Contacts, etc.

    The Droid also renders lists and web pages faster. I mean, can you imagine scrolling through your music library or contacts lists on your Pre? It literally makes me cringe thinking about it. All this is smooth as butter on the Droid.

    When I try using the Pre after using the Droid, it just feels so slow. I don't know if I'm impatient or what, but waiting 4-6 seconds for any given action to execute is just painful for me.

    Multi-tasking:
    The Pre really shines here. Though it's slow, the multi-tasking is much better. Even though Android can do the exact same thing, it doesn't feel as cool. For example, say I want to check my flight info on continental.com, and then compose an email with that info. On the Pre, I can have the two cards side by side and flip back and forth (whether the Pre will freeze or slow down is a different story). On Android, it's more of an unseen multitasking process, which has less of a wow factor.

    Battery Life:
    I've noticed that they are both pretty equal on moderate use days. However, with heavy use, the Droid outlasts the Pre.

    Apps:
    I think Android succeeds over the Pre largely because of the apps. For example, the Droid has no multitouch implementation in the browser or photo gallery or maps. There are apps which fix that. Should it be available out of the box like the Pre? Yes. But at the end of the day, it's there, for users of both platforms. I don't necessarily appreciate the Pre any more because it has the functionality natively.

    I think Android also has a lot more usable apps, for me. The redundancy of tip calculators/location-based finders/information aggregators (Sports score for every city in the world!) is just amateur in comparison to the Droid.

    The Droid has excellent games (I love racing games which use the accelerometer), and much more functional apps that are free. That's another difference. Apps which should be free (and are on the iPhone or Android) are generally at least .99 on the Pre. Should we really have to shell out for an air hockey game which is free on the other two platforms? Or a remote for the computer? I don't mind shelling out for apps that are unprecedented and one-of-a-kind (I am t-pain anyone?), but for basics, it's a little annoying.

    The other benefit is the ability to replace stock apps like SMS, Email clients, Dialers, and browsers. Android has had this functionality since a month after the OS was out. Why WebOS doesn't yet is beyond me.

    Camera:
    No question-- the Pre's camera is amazing. Though the Droid's is 5MP to the Pre's 3MP, it's just crappy. The one amazing thing about the Pre's camera which I haven't seen on ANY other cell phone camera is the instant capture of photos. On any other platform, it seems that it takes between 3-5 seconds at least to capture a photo. About 4 seconds on the Droid. Thus, if you want to capture your friend jumping off a huge rock or trying to balance something on their head, you're out of luck, except with the Pre, which is quick enough to capture these things.

    Overall, I think both phones are equal in many respects. Email, SMS, Phone calls, etc. I think they're both great. The reason why I think I'll keep the Droid over the Pre is mainly because of two things: the speed and the apps.

    I know as an early adopter that first-gen products often have bugs and missing features. However, it just seems like those two aspects of the Pre, which are the most important to me as a user, are not even being attempted to be fixed. I think the fact that there's no hope on the horizon for either of these two aspects is frustrating to me. For example, when Android was first released, there were many key features missing. But they were better at updating their community. They said 'Hey, there's this update called cupcake, and it fixes a, b, and c, and it will be out around this date. It gave current users who had shelled out their hard-earned money more incentive to stick around. With Palm, it's silence. When is video-recording coming? Better apps? Speed improvements? There's nothing concrete, just the promise of 'someday'.

    Palm is not opening up the SDK enough for developers to truly USE the phone's amazing processor to it's fullest. Hell, there's not even a timeline as to when we can have voice recording apps.

    Additionally, the speed seems to only be a concern for a minority of Pre users, if this forum is accurate in it's depiction of the general user population. Most people are fine with it being a little slow since most Pre owners are coming from feature phones or basic phones. However, for someone like me, coming from a Blackberry, waiting those additional 5-6 seconds for an action to register just seems ridiculous.

    If anybody has any direct comparison questions, I'd be more than happy to help!
    I'm curious. What version of WebOS were you running for the comparison? I'd be interested in a similar test if it were run against the latest Pre OS (1.3.5). It might also be worth seeing some real timings in the comparison rather than impressions.
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    I agree with the op, except on the samsung moment. It opens everything almost instantly, the app catalog is amazing, multi tasking is easy (just not as pretty as the pre's). With 3 home screens, it's easy to make to middle one clean. The only thing I dont like, is there is only one launcher page, which is very cluttersome. But, there's an app that you can organize with pretty easy, and just dock it on a home screen, so that fixes that also. Also, a big thing, is android is a deep os, webos is not. What I mean is, like the old palms and winmo's you have options for everything, the pre simply doesn't. So sorry, but i also think the android os beats the pre down every which way. The pre does have a nice camera though, although without zoom or a real video app (no offense) it becomes very limited.

    I think it's easy for people that haven't fooled with one much, to get bent out of shape about it, but it is what it is. Most people wont believe anything they dont want to anyway, even if it's proven or caught on tape.
  18. #18  
    Wow, great write up. I spent a lot of time with the Droid before getting the Pre, and I learned some stuff about the Droid from your notes. I have some questions for you:

    1) are you switching from Sprint-Pre to Verizon Moto-Droid? I'm curious how the higher service costs played in to your decision.

    2) Were you comparing the Droid to a stock Pre, or one running the 800mhz kernel? I found the Pre+ to be slower as you said. But, once I added the 800mhz kernel I would call them even.

    3) How is the process for applying patched (ROMs?) to the Droid. Everything I read made it sound much more complicated and not accessible to a "hacker lite" like me. Has that proven to be easier or harder for the "average" user?

    I agree that the Droid screen is the right size, and a glass screen would be preferable. I know Palm chose the plastic wrapper design to meet their size and style targets (no seems, no edges holding the glass in place, etc). My week eyes wish for the bigger display, but not enough to make me switch.

    The aspect of the Pre camera that impresses me is that you can crank off photos about 1 frame per second (even with the flash) and my expensive digital camera can't quite match that speed. I didn't think that would be a big deal until I started taking pictures of kids and puppies that don't hold still. I found I can crank off several shots knowing one would be good. Did you find the "recovery time" on the Droid to be slow? I thought it was, but I hadn't played with a Pre yet so I wasn't really paying close attention.

    Anyway. Thanks for the review. Your needs and criteria aren't the same as mine - but that's why there are more than one phone available. I'm old enough to remember when every home phone was the same black box with a rotary dial. Choice is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ali.fazal View Post
    Hello all!
    I decided to go ahead and purchase the Droid to go ahead and test it out and decide whether I should switch over from the Pre. Here's my comparison, coming from a person who has been using a Pre since launch day.

    Design: I personally like the Droid's design, but my understanding is that I'm in the minority on that. The Pre is more elegant, with rounder edges, and more pocketable.

    The Droid is sharp and angular, and looks like a very European product to me. It also looks extremely masculine, which might be a mitigating factor to some.

    (Off topic really quick: When did 'soft edges' become the new design du jour? I mean, looking at reviews for the Hero/Eris, people seem to love the round edges and hate the Droid's square ones. I think the square edges give it a cooler, futuristic look and the soft ones give it a bland look, but that's just me-- either way, the Pre is irrelevant here, since it's not really a rectangular phone to begin with. It's more ovular.)

    One thing that I noticed is that the Droid is considerably heavier, but also feels better in the hand since there's no slippery plastic. However, I really feel like I could drop the Pre and it would be okay. In fact, I have. Several times. The Droid seems more fragile/breakable to me, but I do love that glass screen. It just feels high-end.

    User Interface:

    There's no denying the Pre is 'prettier' than the Droid. It has an overall cleaner look that just seems more consumer-friendly. The Droid, with all the icons on the home screen, can get a bit messy. However, widgets are awesome. Both have notification systems that are the best out there, but the Droid has a slight advantage, because when notifications arrive on the Pre, they shrink the screen space and often slow the phone down, whereas the Droid's pull-down shade is a little more unobtrusive. Another thing to note is the whole gestures vs buttons thing. I think gestures to go back is a cooler concept, however, on the Pre sometimes I feel like my gesture to go back doesn't register, especially if I'm in the middle of a particularly CPU-heavy action. On the droid, the capacitive button helps me ensure that every time I press it, it registers.

    Speed:
    This is really the big difference. The Droid is at least 3 times faster than the Pre. Literally-- no exaggeration. A task that might take about 4-6 seconds on the Pre is INSTANT on the Droid. I mean, opening emails, replying to texts, searching for Contacts, etc.

    The Droid also renders lists and web pages faster. I mean, can you imagine scrolling through your music library or contacts lists on your Pre? It literally makes me cringe thinking about it. All this is smooth as butter on the Droid.

    When I try using the Pre after using the Droid, it just feels so slow. I don't know if I'm impatient or what, but waiting 4-6 seconds for any given action to execute is just painful for me.

    Multi-tasking:
    The Pre really shines here. Though it's slow, the multi-tasking is much better. Even though Android can do the exact same thing, it doesn't feel as cool. For example, say I want to check my flight info on continental.com, and then compose an email with that info. On the Pre, I can have the two cards side by side and flip back and forth (whether the Pre will freeze or slow down is a different story). On Android, it's more of an unseen multitasking process, which has less of a wow factor.

    Battery Life:
    I've noticed that they are both pretty equal on moderate use days. However, with heavy use, the Droid outlasts the Pre.

    Apps:
    I think Android succeeds over the Pre largely because of the apps. For example, the Droid has no multitouch implementation in the browser or photo gallery or maps. There are apps which fix that. Should it be available out of the box like the Pre? Yes. But at the end of the day, it's there, for users of both platforms. I don't necessarily appreciate the Pre any more because it has the functionality natively.

    I think Android also has a lot more usable apps, for me. The redundancy of tip calculators/location-based finders/information aggregators (Sports score for every city in the world!) is just amateur in comparison to the Droid.

    The Droid has excellent games (I love racing games which use the accelerometer), and much more functional apps that are free. That's another difference. Apps which should be free (and are on the iPhone or Android) are generally at least .99 on the Pre. Should we really have to shell out for an air hockey game which is free on the other two platforms? Or a remote for the computer? I don't mind shelling out for apps that are unprecedented and one-of-a-kind (I am t-pain anyone?), but for basics, it's a little annoying.

    The other benefit is the ability to replace stock apps like SMS, Email clients, Dialers, and browsers. Android has had this functionality since a month after the OS was out. Why WebOS doesn't yet is beyond me.

    Camera:
    No question-- the Pre's camera is amazing. Though the Droid's is 5MP to the Pre's 3MP, it's just crappy. The one amazing thing about the Pre's camera which I haven't seen on ANY other cell phone camera is the instant capture of photos. On any other platform, it seems that it takes between 3-5 seconds at least to capture a photo. About 4 seconds on the Droid. Thus, if you want to capture your friend jumping off a huge rock or trying to balance something on their head, you're out of luck, except with the Pre, which is quick enough to capture these things.

    Overall, I think both phones are equal in many respects. Email, SMS, Phone calls, etc. I think they're both great. The reason why I think I'll keep the Droid over the Pre is mainly because of two things: the speed and the apps.

    I know as an early adopter that first-gen products often have bugs and missing features. However, it just seems like those two aspects of the Pre, which are the most important to me as a user, are not even being attempted to be fixed. I think the fact that there's no hope on the horizon for either of these two aspects is frustrating to me. For example, when Android was first released, there were many key features missing. But they were better at updating their community. They said 'Hey, there's this update called cupcake, and it fixes a, b, and c, and it will be out around this date. It gave current users who had shelled out their hard-earned money more incentive to stick around. With Palm, it's silence. When is video-recording coming? Better apps? Speed improvements? There's nothing concrete, just the promise of 'someday'.

    Palm is not opening up the SDK enough for developers to truly USE the phone's amazing processor to it's fullest. Hell, there's not even a timeline as to when we can have voice recording apps.

    Additionally, the speed seems to only be a concern for a minority of Pre users, if this forum is accurate in it's depiction of the general user population. Most people are fine with it being a little slow since most Pre owners are coming from feature phones or basic phones. However, for someone like me, coming from a Blackberry, waiting those additional 5-6 seconds for an action to register just seems ridiculous.

    If anybody has any direct comparison questions, I'd be more than happy to help!

    Ok, so several software updates have hit both The Pre & The Droid since the OP was written, and 4 months have passed by, as if it were a dream, so what is the verdict now? Anybody like the Pre better now???

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