Palms Pre is the latest in a list of gadgets dubbed the iPhone killer, but the first that comes close to living up to its billing. Its an incredibly slick handset, a little smaller than its rival, yet chunkier. The Pre isnt quite as intuitive as apples product, although when you first switch it on a video explains how it works. as well as tapping on icons, you can use gestures -- for instance, to remove programs you arent using you can flick them off screen. Its a well thought-out system once youre used to it, and the interface looks far smoother than apples. The slide-out keyboard is small but just big enough to allow easy typing. The Pre, which comes free with contract, also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and an lED f lash, giving it a big advantage over the iPhone. Charging is a revelation: the idea of dropping it onto the base is a huge step forward, and one hopefully more manufacturers will use. The biggest problem is that there arent many applications to download. While apple boasts 60,000, Palms can be counted on one hand. The music software is a bit clunky and the confusion over whether you can use iTunes is a real disappoint- ment -- from a consumer point of view, its an absurd situa- tion. The iPhone still has the edge due to the huge range of apps and its brilliant music playback. But for the first time its really not an easy choice to make. Palm Pre, available from free with contract at o2.co.uk. Review Palm Pre HHHHI London Lite Wednesday, 7 October 2009 15 2 STANDARD TICKETS FOR 30QUOTE TCLL5 WHEN BOOKING.TICKETS ARE LIMITED* TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT TASTEOFCHRISTMAS.COM OR CALL THE HOTLINE ON 0871 230 7132 * Booking and transaction fees apply. Ticket price includes the official book of Taste of Christmas worth 10. Please collect at the end of the show. LONDON ExCeL DEC 04 06 EXPERIENCE THE FINEST FOOD, DRINK AND SHOPPING THIS CHRISTMAS Top chefs from the UKs finest restaurants will be serving their seasonal specials and cooking up some culinary magic before your very eyes. Restaurants appearing include: Almeida Baltic Benares Bentleys Oyster Bar and Grill Club Gascon Dolada Eastside Inn LAnima Modern Pantry Roast Sauterelle St Pancras Grand Sumosan Tamarind Trishna Special guest star appearance from HestonBlumenthal visitthewebsitefordetailsandupdatesonotherguestchefs iphone killer mobile almost lives up to its billing Saturdays line up for the Jingle Bell Ball It Is the phone you never need to plug in. to charge Palms new mobile, the Pre, you place it on top of a charging dock which beams power wirelessly. Experts say the handset, which will only be available in the UK from O2, could become the iPhones biggest rival, although Palm admits it is locked in a cat-and-mouse game with Apple to give users access to itunes. Heres what the Lites expert thinks... In the dock: the Palm Pre THE SATURDAYS are the latest names to join the line-up of 95.8 Capital FM radios Jingle Bell Ball. The five-piece pop group will perform at the charity concert in December -- along with Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, JLS, Tinchy Stryder, Noisettes, Pixie Lott, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk and Sugababes. The Saturdays, made no plug needed tocharge up now... Inbrief 70 are kebabed by salmonella NEARLY 70 people have been taken ill -- with 20 treated in hospital -- after the biggest outbreak of salmonella poisoning in London for four years. The Shahi Nan Kebab takeaway in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, remains shut more than a fortnight after the first cases were reported. Health and council authorities are investigating the outbreak, the worst since 2005. Worrying can make you fat PEoPLE suffering from common mental health problems including anxiety and depression run twice the risk of becoming obese, according to research published today. The risks increase every time a person suffers an episode of depression or anxiety. The research, from University College London, was carried out on more than 4,000 adults who were studied over a 19-year period. Gig: Saturdays Una Healy up of Frankie, Vanessa, Una, Mollie and Rochelle -- will release their second album Wordshaker on Monday. The ball is once again supported by the London Lite and will raise funds for Help A London Child. The gig will be held at The O2 arena on 5 December. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html