Rumors are exploding about iPhone 3.0 specs and today we finally found out when the Palm Pre is scheduled to arrive, and it’s soon. My big question: which one handles the internet better? The iPhone has been the big winner in its mobile browsing experience since it first arrived, but from all the videos I’ve seen of the Palm Pre, it would appear to have an amazing web browsing experience as well, and it has a physical keyboard (Aside: no matter what anyone says, the lack of a physical keyboard remains one of the largest problems with the iPhone. But but but on screen typing, you say. Pfff, I say.). It also arrives with integrated chat, which the iPhone still lacks.
I currently have a first generation 4GB iPhone that is starting to fall into that slow death of a battery that doesn’t stay charged as long. I’m not on an AT&T contract, so I could easily switch to Sprint. The reported $199 price point of the Palm Pre would be comparable to the iPhone’s price point if it weren’t for that bastardly $100 mail-in rebate. The Palm Pre is $299, which is too much. Sprint needs to change that mail-in rebate into an instantly-applied rebate pronto. UPDATE: Looks like Best Buy will be offering an instant rebate. More here and here. Also, off contract the Palm Pre is a hefty $549. Ouch!
Removing the cost and inconvenience of a rebate from the equation though, I’m starting to think: Why not Palm Pre and an iPod touch? One of the things that I dislike about my iPhone is that I don’t use all the great apps that I have on it as much as I would, because at the end of the day, I need that battery pumping and I need to use it as a phone. Why not enjoy all that wonderful coolness in an iPod touch and have a Palm Pre as my phone? Or get the Palm Pre and just use my iPhone as an iPod touch?
I’m just thinking out loud here. I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks. Feel free to tell me what you think I should do. Get a Palm Pre on June 6th and guinea-pig it for all of you here and on Obsessable, or hold out for the newer iPhone?