the little headphones packaged with all my Pre's (1, 2, and 3) appears to be the same little earbuds with mic. But i've never used any of them because i have a BT headset.
Originally Posted by davidsdiego
i HIGHLY recommend the LG HBS-700, now called a 'Tone'. I have two pairs from the 1st gen (with orange color in the magnetic earbud holders. The 2nd gen has grey color in the earbud holding slots.) At my local Sprint store, every tech in there wears these. The asst. mgr reported to me his opinion that the 2nd gen had better sound quality and batt. life, but reduced BT range (between handset & headset). I leave my phone on the touchstone charger, and walk around my apartment with the headset on, and i dont have to run to the phone when it rings. i have never run these things to dead in a day's use, charging nightly. Recharges in 1.5 hrs.
i've compared my LG set with 3 different wired, 'over the ear' headphones on display in that store; JBLs, Beats, and some other brand i can't remember. i thought the sound quality and noise isolation was comparable, so my satisfaction was reaffirmed with my LG set. They are available on ebay for around $50. i love them, which is why i bought a 2nd (on sale!) for when/if the 1st eventually dies. (i like to have back-ups ON HAND)
of course, you can use any earbuds with a microphone & 3.5mm jack, with any Pre model. the ones that come with Pre's don't have the rubber 'noise isolation' earbuds. I find they hurt my ears after a few hours and fall out easily. The rubber kind, (like on the LG) I can wear for well over 8 hrs (streaming music) with no complaints. I have a set of $25 Koss wired headphones, which have remarkable low bass response, that I use occasionally as well. (No mic, just headphones) These are also the rubber in-ear, noise isolation buds.
AS FAR AS KEYBOARDS GO, there is a significant difference. The Pre3 keyboard is 1/8" bigger in each dimension, and has a softer feel. It requires less effort to press the keys, so i do type faster with it, and make slightly fewer incorrect keystrokes. The keyboards of my Pre and Pre2 are the same except the orange highlights have been replaced with grey. But they both feel equally firm to press.
Comparing to a BBerry, most BB keyboards cover the whole bottom of their phone, like a Pixi. But I know of no BBs with keyboard that don't also have the limitation of a smaller screen size. So they are easier to type with, but you'll be scrolling around more to view a whole web page.
The BB Torch (9800/9810) was similar to the Pre physically (a 'portrait slider') but i think it's been discontinued. Look for a used one if you'd like to "test drive" it.
If you're not a webOS addict already, you may want to move to android jellybean and not look back. Today's generation phones with the J-series OS are pretty impressive. Remarkably fast, and has SUPPORT, unlike webOS, which addicts like myself have been "keeping on life support" far longer than we should be, simply because we love it too much to let go.