One of the features of the Pre is it's ability to sync with iTunes, which is handy for loading up with podcasts to listen to on the go.
The Pre's playback management is nice (especially when compared to the iPhone 3GS*), in that is has both a time elapsed and time remaining display, and when fast-forwarding, it speeds up after 10 minutes of elasped time on the meter, so positioning, or re-positioning in an hour-long show is possible. Unfortunately, if you accidentally hit the stop button, or overshoot and reach the end, it reverts to the beginning.
One other minor annoyance: the podcasts seem to get cut off just at the end during playback, that is they stop a few seconds before they should.
*The iPhone has no time display at all, just total time of posdcast. Also, it's fast-forward is audio-cued and pretty slow. For long podcasts, it was impractical to reposition to the 2nd half of the show.