Palm Pre vs iPhone 3.0 vs Blackberry Storm 2 vs Nokia N97

In the next few months four smartphones are going to battle it out

In the next few months four smartphones are going to battle it out. The Palm Pre, the iPhone 3.0, the BlackBerry Storm 2 and the Nokia N97 are all going for the crown title this summer. But which one should you choose?

While not all of these four smartphones have been officially announced, rumors have been flying around for weeks anticipating the new Apple iPhone and the second iteration of the BlackBerry Storm. And there are enough leaks out there to put head to head some preliminary specs.

I'm not going to run you through all the features of these phones, you can check that in this specs table I put together. However, there are a few interesting issues that I'm going to mention.

The latest rumor on Apple's new iPhone hardware says the device will cost US$199 for the 16GB version, while the Palm Pre will cost the same (after rebate), but only for a 8GB version. Even more, the Pre will go on sale a merely two days before the new iPhone gets announced, trying to steal some of the iPhone hype.

As for the speculation that the new iPhone would have rubber corners -- forget it. It is highly unlikely Apple would sacrifice slickness for ruggedness. On the other hand, some sort of a non-slip back panel is more plausible.

Most of the Blackberry Storm 2 rumors point that the device would come with a 5-megapixel camera, but all the recent leaked pictures of the device depict it only with a 3.2-megapixel camera. Some say the Storm 2 could come out as early as next month, but RIM would most certainly leave 12 months before upgrading the current model.

The Nokia N97 is one of the hidden gems out these four smartphones. Though it packs the highest price (as it's not subsidised by any carrier), the N97 comes with some of the highest specs, including the best camera out of the lot.

Which one will you choose?

Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielionescu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesNokiaBlackberryApplemobile phonesPalm Preiphone 3.0

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?