Question from a Palm user thinking about getting an iPhone 3GS
I have been using a Palm Treo from the past 5 years. I went from the Treo 650 (Palm OS) to the Treo 750 (Windows Mobile 6) which I am still currently using on AT&T.
I have been mostly happy with the Treo 750 but the fact that it is lacking the "real internet" and is very "average" at receiving and sending emails. I would really like to be able to browse the actual internet and have the ability to send, receive, and open/view email attachments (including .zip and .rar files) with ease.
For several months I have been watching the Palm Pre hoping that it would come to AT&T but as you know it is exclusive to Sprint. I have really been looking at the iPhone 3GS and have heard mixed reviews on its capability with emails compared to a Blackberry device.
My main "needs" for a phone are the following:
- Real Internet Browser
- Capability To Open and View Email Attachments (.zip & .rar)
- Calender/Scheduling/Memo/Task Management
- Text Messaging
My girlfriend recently purchased the Blackberry Bold since they just dropped the price. I played with it a little and it seems to pretty much meet all of the aforementioned needs. I have thought about purchasing the Bold, however, I have been very interested in what the new iPhone 3GS will offer.
The iPhone 3GS will obviously be better for internet browsing but what about sending and receiving emails and opening .zip and .rar attachments. Also how is the calender/scheduling/memo/task management functions?
- 06-11-2009, 02:14 PM #2
- 06-11-2009, 03:05 PM #3
Well, I think I want to stick with AT&T and I am eligible for an upgrade. I have heard good things about the iPhone but I want to make sure it will meet my "needs".
Thanks for the feedback and I am interested to hear from more people here.
- 06-11-2009, 04:19 PM #5
The iPhone is the best multimedia/web-browsing handheld device out there, but its calendar and task functions are limited and not integrated. Workable, but not what you'd get on a Palm device. Based on the requirements you mentioned, I'd make the jump to Sprint and get the Pre (after checking it out in person at the store, of course). Apple's iPhone has a ton of great apps though, and I like it a lot for what it CAN do, but I'm definitely not a "power user". I use the calendar for dr's appts and family events (synced to the Google calendar, actually, which works pretty well), but I don't schedule tasks or multiple events in a day and I read email from multiple accounts but don't need it for my job. What else are you looking for in a smartphone? I had the Treo 750 and I dumped it as soon as the iPhone came out because of the multimedia capabilities of the phone, everything else it does (by way of apps) is candy. I love it, but I don't NEED it.
- 06-11-2009, 04:30 PM #6
I run my own small business. The iPhone is the only phone that I use. I get "push" email just like a BB with the use of Mobile Me. I can open and view any .doc, .xls, .pdf, .tif, etc., etc. as an attachment in an email. I am not sure about .zip files. I get them but I never open them because the ones I get are VERY large, several Gs. I just wait until I get back to my desktop to open them.
I get my faxes sent to my iPhone. I also get my office voice mails forwarded to my iPhone's email as an attachment that I can open and listen to. I can create/edit any office document that I need on my iPhone. I connect to MoMe and Box.net for online file storage. That way I always have my office file with me.
I use Appigo's ToDo for todo's and tasks. I keep up with Memos and Notes (both written and voice) on my iPhone. My iPhone has turned into my Netbook. I no longer take my Laptop when I go on the road for short trips.
Now the Bold and the Pre are very nice devices, and you would not make a bad decision in purchasing either one, IMHO, but do not listen to those who suggest that the iPhone is not for business because it is just not true. Come 6/17 with 3.0 we will have even more features on our iPhones that will make it an even better business tool.
Oh!! The fact that you can play some pretty cool games while waiting in an airport is only the icing on the cake!
Last edited by Brickman; 06-11-2009 at 04:34 PM.
- 06-11-2009, 04:33 PM #7
- 06-11-2009, 06:29 PM #8
To say the iPhone lacks essential business features is by far an understatement.
Is it for everyone, certainly not. Which device is?
I've had numerous Treo's going back to the 600, nearly all the models. Plus, several HTC models. So far, the iPhone has been the most stable, by far.
- 06-11-2009, 06:41 PM #9
- 06-11-2009, 07:14 PM #10
- 06-11-2009, 07:41 PM #11
The iPhone isn't really a business phone, besides the fact that he supports MS Exchange and in 3.0 will have CalDAV etc.
The mobile Safari is great and think you'll be satisfied with that, however, like other said, the iPhone doesn't support .zip or .rar files in email.
I think the Calender is good. It syncs seamlessly with Macs and it works with MS Office on PC as wel. There should be something called CalDAV in 3.0 that will push appointments from directly servers. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) It might not have the same features / functionality as the palm cal but it would serve you well.
Text messaging is also good.
- 06-11-2009, 07:51 PM #12
- 06-11-2009, 11:22 PM #13
I am a heavy business user withmy iPhone. I run 5 email accounts (1 exchange, 1 MobileMe, 3 gmail) and all three can sync cals with ease. I love accepting meeting invites right from the phone. I am a heavy calendar user as well. Numerous appts per day, no problems. I also use ToDo for task management.
I can't think of one thing I miss from my years of blackberry use. I would recommend you try the iPhone for 30 days, then decide.
- 06-11-2009, 11:31 PM #14
Its a great business tool. I also own my own business and I think the iPhone is great. I have installed Quickoffice and QuoteSales too for processing quotes on the go. Like others have said, it doesn't crash at all and I love it
I run 3 email accounts and they are all rock solid and get pushed to me right away.
No need for a Pre or BB here.
- 06-12-2009, 03:40 AM #15
- 06-12-2009, 06:42 AM #16
I think the iPhone would be a great choice. If you run a Mac, getting a .rar file is great because the rar expander on the Mac is free, you have to pay for it on Windows.
Plus, if you ever need a credit card charger program on the go, the App Store has several so you can process credit card transactions with your phone.
- 06-12-2009, 07:12 AM #17
Bad Ash and JohnH59
The iPhone might have those functionalities but I don't believe apple is targeting the iPhone as a business device but more of a consumer device. Most business go to RIM and WinMo for business phones.
I might be wrong and ill eat my words if i am but that's my perspective. Apple showed how 3.0 could integrate with hospitals monitoring systems but how many hospitals are going to really do this ? Sure that's opening more oppurtunities but at the end of the day , blackberry phones will appeal better as a businesa communication device.
- 06-12-2009, 07:34 AM #18
Just because Apple isn't targeting it as a "business" phone, you can still use it as a "business" phone. You can text, email, calender, yada yada yada with it, just like a Blackberry. What more does it take to make something "business" class?
- 06-12-2009, 07:40 AM #19
OmariJames, I would certainly agree with you in saying that BB has a much greater hold on larger corporate business. Especially those that need high security. The three reasons that most larger companies choose BB are: Security, Verizon (let's face it their network is pretty good in most places), and Habit (BB are what they have always bought)
Although, One of my good friends who is second only to the Director of NASA carries an iPhone as his "company" phone. No BB in his pocket.
- 06-12-2009, 08:25 AM #20
- 06-12-2009, 09:02 AM #21
- 06-12-2009, 09:44 AM #22
Why is Blackberry considered to be a more "secure" phone?
Also, I never sync my calender with my computer. I do everything on my cell phone so that wont be an issue. As long as my 2 personal gmail accounts work as well as my Outlook account for work I should be fine. I also like to have the ability to add important dates and meeting to my calender and have a program or app that I can keep notes and radom tasks.
Do Blackberry's have the ability to open .rar and .zip files from emails?
Thanks for all the feedback. There is a good chance I will be pre-ordering the iPhone 3GS this week.
- 06-12-2009, 10:52 AM #24
I agree with everyhing you said including the habbit of using RIM. RIM only recently started making more consumer friendly phones ( Storm ). They began as a company targeted for business users.
I have never owned a black berry though I almost have back in feb so I wouldn't be able to compare the iPhone to the Bold or 8900 to really say what the iPhone will take to become more business friendly. However , We both know that RIM is chosen over the iPhone and that might be hard to change.
That's my take on that. Maybe in the future that will change when apple introuces some revolutionary feature business users and companies can't deny.
- 06-12-2009, 11:09 AM #25
It's all based on people's perceptions of the device. Once people realize that the iPhone can be used for business, then the perception will change. But right now, people's perception is that the Blackberry does email and is for business, even though people who actually use the iPhone will say otherwise.