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Video Faceoff! New iPhone vs. Old iPhone vs. Palm Pre.

wrestlemania7Still waiting to get your hands on the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 3G S? Here’s something that should occupy you for a few minutes while you wait: A side-by-side-by-side-by-side comparison of four iterations of iPhones going through various speed tests, performed by Pali Research analyst Walt Piecyk.

One unexpected result from the test Piecyk’s tests suggest that older iPhones running on the new iPhone operating system may actually be a bit slower. And yes, I checked with Piecyk–the tests were performed using AT&T (T)’s network, with Wi-Fi turned off, in midtown Manhattan.

But wait! That’s not all! Piecyk also puts the Palm Pre through its paces against the new iPhone and says (pretty hard to tell on this clip) that the Palm (PALM) phone offers a better version of clips from Google’s (GOOG) YouTube. Piecyk’s thesis: Sprint (S) is sending a less compressed version of the YouTube files to the Pre then AT&T sends to the iPhone.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work