HTC Hero and Palm Pre are both offered via Sprint in the U.S. The HTC Hero has a better camera, voice dialing, memory card slot. The Palm Pre has a more vibrant display (24-bit vs 16-bit for the Hero), more built-in memory (8GB) and smartphone features like multi-tasking with several applications, universal search and copy-paste.

Both phones have Webkit-based web browsers.

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HTC Hero (CDMA) versus Palm Pre comparison chart
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Java support Yes No
Hard Drive No No
Calendar Yes Yes
MMS Yes Yes
Keyboard No Layout: QWERTY
Text Messaging (SMS) 2-Way: Yes 2-Way: Yes
SyncML No No
FM Radio No No
To-Do List No Yes
Side buttons Yes volume
Screen Type LCD (Color TFT/TFD) LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Headphone Jack (3.5mm) Yes Yes
Picture messaging No No
Screen Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Music Player Supported Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, WAV, WMA-9 Supported Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV
Games Yes Yes
Voice recorder No No
Weight 4.5 oz (128 g) 4.76 oz (135 g)
Screen Colors 65,536 (16-bit) 16.7 million (24-bit)
Stereo Speakers No No
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, A2DP, AVRC version 2.0+EDR Supported Profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP, AVRC, PAN version 2.1+EDR
Headset Jack (2.5 mm) No No
Operating System Android version 1.5 (proprietary) webOS
Camera Resolution: 5+ megapixel auto-focus Resolution: 3+ megapixel LED flash
Screen size 3.2" diagonal 3.1" diagonal
Infrared No No
Push-To-Talk No No
Wireless Carrier Sprint Tentative Sprint
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Dimensions 4.46" x 2.22" x 0.54" (113 x 56 x 13.7 mm) 3.9" x 2.3" x 0.67" (99 x 58 x 17 mm)
Networks CDMA 850 / CDMA 1900 CDMA 850 / CDMA 1900
Flashlight No No
E-mail client Protocols Supported: [Exchange, Gmail, POP3, IMAP4 Protocols Supported: Exchange Direct Push, POP3, IMAP
Physical design Bar Internal Antenna Slide-out; QWERTY keyboard; Internal Antenna
Memory card slot microSD (TransFlash) 2 GB card included No
Ruggedized No No
Browser WebKit-based supports Flash WebKit-based
Built-in memory 133 MB (internal memory available to user for storage) 8 GB (internal memory available to user for storage)
Voice dialing Speaker-independent (automatic) No
Digital TTY/TDD No Yes
External Display No No
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes Yes
Live TV No No
PictBridge No No
Ringer Profiles No No
Auto-complete suggestions for text Technology: XT9 No
Supports enlarging text No No
Streaming Video Protocol: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV-9 YouTube Protocol: RTSP
Languages supported English only English, Spanish
Video Capture Max. Length: available memory QVGA (320 x 240) resolution No
USB mini-USB connector Version: 2.0 High Speed built-in microUSB connector / supports mass storage mode
CPU 528 MHz MSM7600 TI OMAP 3430
Vibrate mode Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Picture ID Yes Yes
Wi-Fi support Version(s): 802.11 b,g Version(s): 802.11 b, g supports WPA, WPA2, 802.1X
Ringer ID Yes Yes
Calculator Yes Yes
Touch Screen Primary input method: Finger capacitive Primary input method: Finger capacitive
Battery Information 1500 mAh LiIon 1150 mAh LiIon

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