"Palm Pre to EVO 4G -- for those considering the switch"4.5 starson by Gadgetarms
Pros: My pros would have to be screen size, speed, cameras, kickstand, overall hardware, the internet experience, virtual keyboard,call quality, apps, expandable storage, voice commands work Very.. etc.. I can go on and on..
Cons: Weight (noticeable difference from Pre), $10 monthly fee even in 3G only areas, Multitasking
Summary: Let me start off by saying this is mainly for people who are considering the switch from the Pre to the EVO. It's just some of my thoughts.
IMO WebOS is GREAT!!! It's simple to use and extremely user friendly. If you're emotionally attached to cards, gestures, your touchstone and the homebrew community, I'd think twice about getting the EVO. After thinking twice I'd probably still get the EVO. If you're hesitant because there's no physical keyboard, don't be. After my last 2 phones (the BB 8330 and the Pre) I was unsure myself. To my surprise the virtual keyboard on the EVO is good. With the options of portrait, landscape, and even voice to text I find it rather easy to use. The large screen definitely helps with that.
The multitasking on the EVO (or any phone I've ever used/seen) doesn't compare to WebOS. IMO WebOS does this perfectly. Multitasking on the EVO is simple but WebOS is king here. I miss the cards and gestures but not nearly as much as I anticipated. With the EVO my pages and apps load so fast it's a trade off I'm willing to keep.
My gf loves her Pre even more than I do. We still have them lying around.. lol.. One of her biggest concerns switching to the EVO was size. For those of you (especially with smaller hands) who share this concern, I wouldn't let that be the deciding factor either. The phone is not as big as people make it out to be. When the keyboard is exposed on the Pre it is longer than the EVO. The EVO is wider but still thinner than the Pre. My gf is 5' tall with small hands and hasn't complained about the size much at all. It is obviously larger but with that size you'll find it amazing to use for media, internet, email, messaging, etc... I enjoy the screen size so much I'm holding off on a netbook because I'm satisfied browsing on it.
I haven't experienced the "TERRIBLE" battery life that others have. The EVO has lasted both my gf and I longer than our Pre's. This is not to say the Battery life is great however, for us it just hasn't been a con based on our past phone. Maybe this is due to the fact that I'm in a 3G only area. I've read that 4G drains the battery at a pretty high rate. I don't know.
The hardware on this phone is great. It is a lil heavy but a huge difference in quality from the feel of the Pre. The EVO feels like a phone that's worth what it cost. The Pre's hardware as always been an issue.
WebOS to Android and Sense is definitely a transition that will take some getting used to. You'll have to control your thumb from wanting to swipe everything. It's a fun change though and one I can honestly say I'm happy I made. The ability to customize the layout of the home screens, widgets, and app shortcuts are great. The market with access to thousands of apps is great. Google maps as well as other applications just run better on the EVO. It's newer hardware so that is to be expected. I'll always have a soft spot for WebOS and if HP PALM come out with a device I feel is better then I'll consider getting it. I miss my touchstone as well.
With that said I won't be returning the EVO. Our thoughts were we'd buy the EVO and try it out and if we weren't completely satisfied we'd return them and go back to the Pre. Well we're completely satisfied. All the things I miss about WebOS this phone makes up for any many other ways. Both are great devices but this phone is close to perfect. If this thing had gestures and cards it would be perfect.