iPhone   Vs   Palm   Vs   Windows Mobile

Feature

iPhone

Palm

Windows Mobile
Power &
Versatility
Not so productive, not
for business it's for
the party!
6
Very powerful
and tons of
customizations.
8
The most versatile of
all and you use it
almost like a laptop.
9
Easy
Installation
With a touch of finger
whether you are on
the go or connected
to a desktop.
10
Quite simple syncs but
not many over
the air installations.
8
Bit troublesome
syncs and many
steps involved.
7
Medical
Library
Just started, but the
growth rate is fast
3
Mother of all apps
but somewhat
shrinking recently.
9
Almost every medical
tool is compatible
except few
palm faithful apps.
9
Prices of
Medical
Programs
Amazingly low and
many free apps. But
wait for the big
players to come (e.g
UpTodate)
9
Used to be cheap with
big free library but this
is somewhat changing
recently as more apps
commercialize.
8
Many are free but also
many are very
expensive programs.
7
Non Medical
Utilities
Wonderful fun and
personal tools.
9
Not many utilities
compared to others.
8
Tons of productivity
applications and
personal tools.
9
Keyboard
& Typing
No keyboard, no dial
pad and quite difficult
soft keyboard specially
for the big thumbs.
7
Many devices with
built-in keyboard which
is easy to use.
9
Many devices with
built-in keyboard which
is easy to use.
9
Tweaks
& Unlocking
Can't change anything
unless you jail break it
with hackers help.
4
Pretty much tweakable
and many themes
available.
7
Some recent apps can
even make it look like
the iPhone!
10
Connectivity
& Internet
No GPS, No MMS, No
Infrared, Limited
BlueTooth.
6
Some BlueTooth issues
otherwise great.
8
Everything from
Infrared to 3.5G
technology.
9
PDA Version
The iPod Touch can
be regarded as
a PDA version.
8
Many are available
and for really
low prices.
9
Windows Mobile Classic
is specifically designed
for non-phone devices.
8
Non-Touch
Phones
Not available, Touch
is the essence of
Apple devices!
6
Not available but may
have dial pads.
7
Window Mobile
Standard just
for non-touch phones.
9
User
Interface
Phenomenal and
fantastic simplicity
and wow factor.
10
The symbol of simplicity
and with a minimalist
themes and fonts.
9
Quite complicated and
many steps needed to
go for the required tap.
7
Manufacturers
& Carriers
Apple's monopoly
and even
carrier monopoly.
6
One manufacturer
but many carriers.
7
Great manufacturers
such as HTC, HP, Dell,
and Motorola and
almost all carriers.
9
Size &
Hands On
Irresistibly
attractive.
10
Nice feel and
fits in the hands.
8
Many shapes and sizes
but usually
not so tempting.
7
Storage
Capacity
No expansion slots
but comes with up to
32 GB version, more
than enough for
medical purposes.
8
Built-in memory is low
but you can add
memory cards (pay
extra money).
8
Built-in memory is low
but you can add
memory cards (pay
extra money).
8
Battery
Life
Good life but you
can't change the
battery if it dies!
8
Great battery life with
hours of
extensive use.
9
Getting better recently
but because of the
increasing power it
stays limited.
7
Documents &
Editing
No Such things, You
can't even read pdf.
7
Third party apps can
do many functions.
8
Built-in Office apps
and lots of third
party software.
10
Prices
& Costs
Not very high though
you have to stick to 2
years contract if you
get the iPhone.
9
Variable prices but
mostly reasonable.
9
Varies, but mostly
expensive, it can
go up to $1500.
7
September 16, 2008
It could always be the question on what
could be the best device and ultimately what
could be the best operating system to use
in clinical practice.

And with the rise of iPhone as a serious
competitor to it's old mates the Pocket PC and
Palm one might ask nowadays
which one is better!

The following table presents a comparison
among the iPhone, Palm, and Windows Mobile
systems with regard to the various features.

The final choice is yours!
Total
iPhone      126
Palm      134
Pocket PC      141
    The score is obviously in favor of Windows Mobile, however there are two caveats here: 1) some of the
    points are subjective and represents personal opinion and you may agree or disagree and 2) these
    systems are constantly changing with new applications everyday and frequent firmware updates so visit
    this page later for possible changes in the score.
    So now let's see what do you
    think.
    Vote for your best operating
    system and see the results.
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