Who has owned both iPhone and Blackberry?
I have never owned any smartphone/pda. I am going to get one within the next few months. I was originally only looking at the iPhone and was really excited about the new one being released, but then I found out about the Blackberry Bold. I am torn between the two, but am now leaning towards the BB because of the email, and calendar features. I wanted to get some opinions from those who have actually used both and can compare them.
Are there any features that only the iPhone can do?
Does it have a good calendar functionality so that I can maintain different calendars (work, school, personal) for different people?
Can you maintain multiple phone numbers and email addresses for one contact?
Does it allow reminders to be set?
Does it show missed calls and details about them?
What about call quality?
I have heard a lot of good things about the iPhone from a co-worker, but he really doesn't use it for more than making calls, and occasionally checking the internet.
I really appreciate all the advise I can get to make a decision as to which one would best suit my needs.
I have to add that I am not much of a music listener, but I do like to catch up on my TV shows via the internet so that is a functionality I am interested in. and I am with AT&T.
- 06-16-2008, 07:38 AM #2
I have owned a Blackberry 7250 and 7100i. I do not have an iPhone yet. But plan to purchase one on July 11th when the 3G is released. In my opinion the BB is the king when it comes to push email and calendering. That's why I held of buying an iPhone when it was first released because it did not do this for corporate environments (Exchange Server).
With the new release of the firmware version 2.0, Apple has remedied that. From the demos I have seen it will work pretty much like the push email and calendering available on the windows mobile platform which work very well.
The reason I'm so excited for the iPhone is not because it does video and music (which is very cool). But because it has a full browser and you can have a slew of different applications on it. It really is a little computer with full web browsing in your pocket.
Will you be able to watch live TV over the internet? I don't think that is an option at this time. But you can download via iTunes a wealth of tv shows and movies and load them up on the iPhone.
For me Blackberry to iPhone is like Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. The advancement was revolutionary. Sure there are problems with the iPhone one that remains elusive and no one knows if it's fixed in the new firmware is that copy and paste do not exist. Also no Adobe Flash support.
Disclaimer: Sorry, at the time I couldn't think of a more revolutionary comparison than Windows 95.
- 06-16-2008, 08:49 AM #3
I have the Blackberry 8820, which only came out last October. So i have a very new blackberry. It has wifi, and gps. I originally chose the blackberry because it had these features and also had the amazing push email. If you are an email fiend and spend your whole day writing emails, you might want to consider the blackberry. I love it, the phone is wonderful and there really a joy to work with. I am buying my iphone on July 11th though because i've had enough of paying the $30 a month not to get full internet browsing that the iphone has, as well as the 3G speeds. You are making a really tough decision and you will be happy with whatever you do. But from my personal standpoint you are going to be just a little bit happier if you get an iphone. having the ability to not only have an emailing phone you have so much more.
So again, maybe you belong with a blackberry if you write long emails all day and are continuously having to go back and forth with those emails. BUT if you can deal with the only SLIGHTLY worse iphone email, and i mean slightly because i hear people say it works great all the time, and you can see yourself using the internet on your phone often. Go with the iphone.
Apologies for the rambling.
- 06-16-2008, 08:51 AM #4
I have owned both the BB Curve 8310 and an iPhone. Bottom line:
iPhone has superior interface; vastly superior internet browsing; and much better media performance;
Curve has vastly superior email, calendar, address book; if using Exchange, you can also synch tasks and notes (won' even be able to do that on iPhone 3g).
HOWEVER, with inclusion of Exchange Activesync, I'll be switching back to iPhone 3g in July because of the UI and Internet experience. There were more than a few times I'd swap SIM with the iPhone just to get back to the internet, even on EDGE. In fact, after the iPhone, I just refuse to use internet access on Curve anymore.
- 06-16-2008, 12:59 PM #5
I have been a BlackBerry user for a long time, and I am leaving it behind for the iPhone.
The iPhone is full of potential while the BlackBerry grows more and more stale each year. The BlackBerry OS that is currently in RIM's phones (the Bold included) runs on the same basic core architecture as BlackBerry devices from 3-4 years ago. I can grab my 8703e that was released in 2006 and put it next to my Curve 8310 that was released at the end of 2007, and there will be next to no difference between the two outside of the casing and a few hardware features. Worse than that, I can compare my Curve to a coworker's 7250 from even longer ago, and the same thing applies. Sure, they have added a couple software features, like some mini-menus and video recording, but the core is what determines the OS's future, and the core of the BB OS is old and weak at this point.
The BlackBerry OS is old and is getting outdated. It presents a huge hurdle for future development, and for any sort of strong third party application support. The iPhone, on the other hand, runs a desktop class OS and has the hardware power to back it up. The iPhone OS allows for amazing third party development, and that reason right there makes the future of the OS a very bright one.
If you sign up for the optional MobileMe service and you will get push mail, push calendar, and push contacts. The only one of those things that you can get on a personal use BlackBerry is the push mail.
The built in iPhone calendar doesn't support separate calendars for different classifications (like business, personal, family, etc), but Outlook does, and if you use the MobileMe service, it will push the separated calendars to your phone in different colors, just like it shows up in your Outlook or iCal calendar.
The BlackBerry does not have a stronger calendaring application, and it is easily one of the devices weakest points. If you compare the BlackBerry calendar to the iPhone's calendar without MobileMe, they are about identical in functionality. When BlackBerry OS 4.5 finally gets released, it will finally allow categorization to the BlackBerry calendar, which is something that it has lacked on personal BB devices up until this point. The Bold should have this as well. The iPhone calendar does not support categorization without MobileMe, but it is far, far easier to look at. The one major downfall of the iPhone calendar is that it doesn't have a week view.
In short, when it comes to stock Calendars, neither of them excel. The BlackBerry has week view and will have categorization soon, the iPhone is easier to use and easier to look at. With MobileMe, the iPhone calendar becomes more functional than a personal use BlackBerry calendar due to push services. It is mostly a wash in this department.
Address book/contact management? The iPhone is just as capable as the BlackBerry. They both support contact search, they both allow for multiple phone numbers, addresses, emails, etc; for each contact. They both support categorization. Where the iPhone wins this department is with the addition of MobileMe. MobileMe will allow for push contact support, and push contacts is something you can't get on a personal use BlackBerry.
Email? Email LOOKs a million times better on the iPhone because it is full HTML. HTML email is coming to BlackBerry, but it requires server side changes on the part of your carrier, and nobody knows how well it is going to work as of yet. The iPhone dominates the BlackBerry in the area of attachment viewing as well. The BlackBerry has push email included with the data plan, so you will get your email instantly without the need to subscribe to a MobileMe type service (keep in mind that MobileMe gives you far more than just email though). On the flipside, the iPhone supports full IMAP, which the BlackBerry doesn't. This means when you delete an email on the iPhone, it also deletes on your mail server inbox, if you move an email from one folder to another on the iPhone, the change also happens on the mail server inbox. The shortest interval you can set your iPhone to check for mail without MobileMe is 15 minutes. To me, I can wait 15 minutes to have a much more viewable email experience, attachments I can actually read, and IMAP support. MobileMe, of course, negates the 15 minutes by providing push mail services.
Features? The BlackBerry has more. BlackBerrys have MMS, A2DP, and cut/paste, while the iPhone is lacking these things. All three of them can come via firmware updates however, so discounting them as future possibilities shouldn't be done. These three things also depend on how important they are to you. MMS and A2DP mean absolutely nothing to me, but I do miss cut/paste. I am hopeful that it will still come as well, so that eases the pain of not having it a little bit... How important are they to you?
I would also like to mention that there is a very real, and very easy work around to the missing MMS functionality. You can use email to receive and send MMS messages in the exact same fashion you would use the MMS client. You just need to tell the people that MMS you to send it to your email address. If they add your email address to your contact info on their phone, they simply need to choose it, instead of your phone number, when they send you an MMS as usual.
When you receive the MMS, you will also get to see your friends' phones' MMS email addresses. Add this address to their contact info, and if you want to send them an MMS, all you have to do is open the picture you want to send, choose send via email, choose their phone's MMS email address instead of their phone number, and hit send. It is the exact same number of steps as sending a normal MMS, and they will not know the difference when they receive it. The ONLY thing that changes is swapping their phone number for an email address, and them swapping yours for an email address. It is very, very simple, and it works 98% of the time. Yeah, there are times it doesn't work, but it seems to be carrier specific, and it also seems that the people that can't receive MMS in this fashion have trouble even receiving it the old fashioned way, unless it was sent from their carrier.
Hardware? The iPhone beats the BlackBerry. It is a better built device, and has stronger internals. The Bold has a 624mhz processor, 128mb of RAM, 128mb of flash storage (used to store/run the OS AND any third party applications), and 1 gig of strictly storage space (can only be used for media). The Bold does support up to 32gig micro SD cards, but the SD card can only be used for media storage as well. Third party applications can't be installed to the SD card, and nothing can be run from there. Not to mention, 32 gig cards aren't available yet, and they are bound to be stupid expensive. A Best Buy bought 8 gig card currently runs about $150...
The iPhone has a 624mhz processor as well, but it has 512mb of RAM. It, as you know, has 8 or 16 gigs of storage that is all inclusive. The 8/16 gigs stores/runs the OS, third party applications, and is used to store media. You are not limited to a measly 128mb of flash memory to house the OS AND your third party applications.
The keyboard is hit or miss. You will either like it, or you won't. If you approach it with an open mind and actually take the time to learn it, I am sure you will be fine. Even if you don't come to love it, you will become adept at using it, and the rest of the features of the iPhone should outweigh your distaste for the keyboard. Only you can decide how your experience with the keyboard pans out...
For me, the iPhone wins hands down. It has an OS that packs a massive punch and gives it absolutely amazing future potential. MobileMe gives Exchange level support to all individual users, and the user interface is second to none. IMAP support is great, and actually being able to read my attachments goes a very, very long way. To me, all of these things far, far outweigh the small list of missing "features."
You do whatever you need to, but I will take the potential and incredible user experience of the iPhone over RIM's famous push email, outdated OS, and extra couple of features any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
I would also like to say again that I am not a 3 week BlackBerry user. Unlike most of the BlackBerry fanboys, I have actually used one for about 2 years, and I have taken the time to learn the device inside and out.
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- 06-16-2008, 02:23 PM #6
I owned a BB Curve until I purchased a refurbished iPhone. I'll simply echo what's been said here alread. The web browsing on the iPhone is much better than the really feeble web experience on the BB. On the other hand BB with AT&T has a better GPS. (Than the iPhone 2G).
Email on the BB is very easy and quick using the hard keyboard. Once I got used to the iPhone's interface an the fact I wasn't dexterous enough to thumb type, I liked the iPhone a bit better. (YMMV).
The visual voice mail on the iPhone is really good and selecting and responding to calls couldn't be easier.
Hope this helps,
- 06-16-2008, 04:19 PM #7
Currently have a BB 8310 Curve, will be switching to a 3G iPhone when available (I'm not camping, so it's not going to be 7/11). Won't duplicate what many have already written (all good stuff) although I will add that I'm in the "need Exchange sync" capability. My cheap arse company has chopped off BES access to only top brass due to costs (BES ain't cheap). Not being high enough on the totem pole to rate access, I'm stuck using BIS and manually syncing with Outlook on the desktop via USB. Which absolutely sucks.
I've done WinBlowz previously and will never own/use/pay money for WinMo anything as long as I live. Having said that, ActiveSync is the one part of WinBlowz that works like a charm so when that became announced for the software upgrade, along with 3G and GPS, that's all I needed.
Great smartphone round robin over on crackberry.com and it provides excellent perspective for each platform & phone. Best line from there is that the "Curve is the anti-iPhone" and that's true in many ways. A lot of the Bold versus 3G iPhone is going to come down to user preference I think. If you want a physical keyboard or need a CDMA flavor, then the Bold will be your best option (I'm assuming VZW will get a BB Bold version 12-18 months after ATT as usual).
Summary - Curve has been a very worthy road warrior and is the current king of mobile email & messaging. But the browser is a joke, Operamini only helps a little, the screen pales compared to the iPhone, it desperately needs 3G and I wanted GPS over wi-fi (although I now realize I want both). The OS is in serious need of an overhaul. And I have nothing to hold me back from an iPhone now so I'm getting one 'cause it is just the coolest piece of technology I've ever seen. And, like others above, the potential of this platform is going to take off with 3rd party apps coming to the party IMHO. Try getting an OS update for BB out of AT&T!
Also - what's so great about a smartphone in the first place? Phone? Music? Email & messaging on the fly? Internet Access with a real browser anywhere? Games? Watch a movie while stuck on a plane back in cattle car section? iPhone does all of that and better than any other device currently. And is easily the coolest design. As frequently in the past - Apple just turned the industry on it's head and over the past 12 months, you've seen every other cellular handset manufacturer scrambling like heck to try and catch up. Apple left out a lot of stuff they should have included this time around but overall, it's just drool worthy.
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- 06-16-2008, 05:39 PM #8
Iphone vs BlackBerry
CrazEToon is right on with his evaluation with a few exceptions (in my opinion) that might make a difference to a potential iphone purchaser. I too have had a Blackberry for years.
When comparing the iphone to the BB, I have found that the RF performance of the Blackberry is much better than the iphone. Signal levels are always stronger, the audio is about twice as loud in both the earpiece and speaker phone.
The Iphone does not have a real usable reminder or alert for email messages. The existing alert tone for emails on the iphone is feeble at best.
When I operate both my curve and the iphone side by side, the EDGE performance is always better on the blackberry ( most likely due to better antenna and radio)
The Blackberry also has the great auto text feature where you can tap just a few characters that will ultimately fill the screen with any text you like. This feature alone would help make the iphone a better business tool. Especially seeing that there is no "cut and paste" on the iphone.
I would have to admit that the Iphone's screen is fantastic. Browsing the web has the Blackberry beat by a mile.
If the new touch screen blackberry can match the Iphones multi touch interface and gorgeous display, it would be the new top dog....
I just saying...
- 06-16-2008, 06:36 PM #9
I will over-simplify here:
If mobile web browsing, music, and videos are you're focus, then go with iPhone. If e-mail is your focus (particularly corporate e-mail), then go with Blackberry. Personally, IMHO, the only reason to go with Blackberry is if you're a corporate user and have a distinct need for a very powerful e-mail device. Otherwise, go with iPhone .. it is a beautiful device which is a joy to use.
- 06-16-2008, 06:50 PM #10
I think your browser comparison had the results it did for two reasons. First is that the BB Browser first bounces through BIS, and in doing so, it strips and reformats websites to a more friendly mobile view that doesn't require as much data. Safari is a "real" web browser, and doesn't do this.
The second is like you said, reception.
The audio problems are supposed to be remedied as well. All the speakers on the iPhone supposedly got upgraded for the 3G model, which means alerts will probably be better, and earpiece volume should be much improved.
I do agree that the iPhone could benefit from some sort of secondary, or continuing reminder, for new messages though.
I know my Berry has a dictionary that will correct any misspellings that are in its memory, but I was unaware of the auto-complete. I thought it only worked for certain words, like "month?" If I am wrong, please correct me.
- 06-17-2008, 05:58 AM #11
The auto text feature allows you to enter any custom text string.
For example, I use the code "nan" to type the text string" I am not available to reply to your message at the moment".
Any time I type "nan" follwed by spaces, the string is entered. It works great.
- 06-17-2008, 06:57 AM #12
I am also currently an owner of a Blackberry 8830 World Edition.
To be honest, i went to the blackberry, as i wanted to be on the Verizon Network and have a smart phone that wasn't crippled and wasn't palm. I was originally in the market when the Iphone 1.0 came out, and was amazed by the interface, but, i am often unable to utilize the EDGE network as i often work in buildings with little or no GSM or CDMA signal. So i went blackberry.
Now, after last weeks announcement, I have decided to switch to the Iphone. the selling point is the compatbility with my Mac Book Pro, which the Blackberry fails on. In addition, the Verizon BB in general is crippled, both in the A-GPS, and Verizon has crippled some media formats too, such that users of 8800 series besides the 8830 can watch videos that I cant watch on the 8830.
The Iphone 2.0 to me seems like a good evolutionary step in the Iphone world. The App store will be an excellent way to bring programs to users in the most direct way possible. On-board programs will be easily available, and the applications that seems to be coming out are quite interesting. I particularly like the games with use of the extensive tilt interface to make the game steer or tilt; those demos left me jaw dropped.
As far as data, the true-browser sans flash is the closest i've seen to what should be on a phone. i've been required to use a proxy browser (opera) to get my data in a much better way. To be honest, i am Very suprised that RIM has never taken into account the amount of users utilizing Opera as their main browser.
so... in summation:
Iphone improves on BB...
-Push, both have email, but Iphone also integrates Contacts, Calendars, Photos...
-Media, the BB isn't even in the same league as the Iphone in media.
-Accessibility to programs, the BB nearly REQUIRES a PC to install some programs. i need to run Parallels on my mac to install many themes and programs.
-Programs, the Iphone's rich interface and powerful processor will provide a much better interaction with the phone.
-Browser, i woun't go much into depth, but just say that even if we don't have flash on the Iphone, we do have AJAX and a MUCH better browser than Opera will ever hope to be on the BB.
and theres my long-winded post...
- 06-17-2008, 12:20 PM #13
- 06-18-2008, 04:58 PM #14
I have both. In my opinion the curve is better RIGHT NOW. It's very user-friendly for people on the go. It's not meant for anything but serious smartphone stuff. Yeah it's got media players and the like but it's no ipod by any stretch even BB lovers will admit that. But with 2.0 literally the sky is the limit. Business people use their blackberries to communicate mainly but now with the media capabilities of the iPhone combined with superior media it will in my opinion surpass the BB in the business world. I can think of an example. Let's say you're a Medical Rep who wants to show a customer a device which is too large to actually carry to an office. If the customer so chooses, you can whip out the iphone and show him the slick presentation on the phone of your said product i.e. capabilites size cost etc. If the customer also has an iPhone, well then you can just send it to him via ftp server, email etc. One thing I know about buyers, they are usually too busy with their lives to mess with some sales presentation that requires too much effort like giving literature or even a DVD. Minimize the trouble to the customer and you'll win most of the time.
For me the lack of third party support for iPhone 1.0 made me quite disgruntled with the product. I tried to use it as my only phone but it became impossible to stay current. Plus the horrid enterprise integration that came with iPhone 1.0 made it tough. For me I still kept it mainly because of my love for Apple products. I also knew that typical of apple they would improve upon what they have learned and they have.
BTW the stuff people are complaining about like video recording and MMS are fixable with a firmware upgrade and/or third party support. Apple is just extremely conservative. They don't release features into their products unless they are sure it will work flawlessly. What people should be disappointed in is the lack of a major hardware upgrade. WHat I mean is the processor, memory(32gb) and the camera. ALthough they did improve the battery and added a 3g radio and gps.
My BB curve right now handles almost everything very well. It's a mobile office for me. It's extremely good at what it does as well. It also has a wonderful online community which can help you with problems that can and definitely will arise. The email is PHENOMENAL. IM programs great. Enterprise? no problem. Phone? It's ok. Third Party support? excellent. But like many have mentioned in the past, it seems antiquated in it's execution. Time's passed it by
So what I'm saying is that you probably can't lose with either choice. RIGHT NOW, but a year or two down the road I believe it will be a quite different story. Sorry for the long post.
- 06-19-2008, 07:33 PM #15
Many good comments here.
I've used a variety of BBs and Treos over the years. I've been using the iPhone for about a year. There is little that I miss from the previous platforms except the following:
iPhone has a virtual keyboard, the BB and Treo have hard keyboards. I could fly with those for email and for typing articles. The iPhone is for shorter emails.
My article on my blog discusses some of the other deficiencies of the iPhone 1.0 and the expected improvements with the 2.0/3G version. See it at: http://techtrends.billpetro.com/2008...second-coming/
Meanwhile, I plan on upgrading to iPhone 3G, and hope to retire my work BB with the upcoming availability of ActiveSync with the iPhone 2.0 firmware.
- 06-20-2008, 02:21 PM #16
Lots of great opinions. If I may, add my own.
I have had Blackberry, PalmOS, and WM for extended periods of time. I will be getting the iPhone 3G, so I never owned one, but I have used it quite a bit and am aware of some of it's capabilites.
I would get a Blackberry ONLY if it was essential to interface with my company. My old company supported Blackberry and Blackberry only. Not much choice, and regardless, it just means it works best with other coworkers who all have blackberries.
Push email on BB usually works very well. But I don't really like it. It can not render HTML email at all. It does remote exchange outlook contacts and access to the corporate intranet web sites if on BES.
On the iPhone, the display of email is SO MUCH BETTER. It will render full HTML email and with it's large screen and the way it displays email, it is simply far better to read email on an iPhone than on a Blackberry.
Also, I like that you're synced with the email folders, not looking at a copy downloaded to the device like on a Blackberry.
With the addition of Exchange Activesync push mail support, you will essentially get all of the same features of push mail, contacts, and calendar as you do on the Blackberry. It will likely even be a better experience.
Where I work now, we use hosted Exchange (out on the internet) and exchange activesync works for me. I use it on windows mobile, could use a blackberry. But I will certainly be going with the iPhone.
I was essentially waiting for 3G and this feature to get an iPhone.
- 06-23-2008, 10:21 AM #17iPhone Intermediate
- 316 Posts
I think it comes down to what you want more in a phone. The Blackberry is more on the business side. Personally I don't like it's interface, it's ugly and a little complicated. Also web browsers for the Blackberry don't even come close to the iPhone browser. The closest browser that the Blackberry has that's almost real web is Opera Mini but it still isn't that great. Image quality is low and you can't zoom in all the way like the iPhone does. Also everyone debates a real keyboard vs. a virtual keyboard. Once again it's by preference. Both are great but one requires more patience. Lastly the iPhone outshines the Blackberry when it comes to features. The iPhone has a full on iPod built in which cuts out having to buy and iPod if you had a Blackberry. The iPhone has a youtube player which is great because you don't have to load music videos/videos because they are right at your finger tips.
Also the iPhone has iTunes built in, which is a great feature because it cuts out the trip to Blockbuster to buy movies, or downloading movies online, and the quality of Itunes movies/music videos/tv shows are that of DVD quality.
Honestly I would go for the iPhone. I've had both. Actually I'm in transition of getting rid of my Blackberry and getting an iPhone. But like I said, it boils down to do you want something more on the business side or more on the fun side.
- 06-23-2008, 11:33 AM #18
- 06-23-2008, 03:23 PM #19
I really appreciate all the information that everyone is providing.
I have another question - Does anyone know how many different email addresses you can have on the iPhone? I think I read somewhere that on a Blackberry you can have 10, and I thought someone said you can only have 5 on the iPhone. I have 7 different addresses.
Can anyone confirm?
- 07-03-2008, 03:13 PM #21iPhone Newbie
- 34 Posts
iphone all the way
My wife had a blackberry pearl and I have an iphone. If from nothing other than the ease of use, I would say take the iphone. Blackberry tends to be somewhat hard to use, and there is a pretty steep learning curve, where the iphone is incredibly simple. There are my 2 cents.
- 07-03-2008, 03:50 PM #22
I far prefer my iPhone over my BB Curve...however...if there were no iPhone (and there wasn't when I bought my Curve) the Curve is one of the best converged devices made. The downside is that it is so 1995 - often menu driven (which is a good thing given no touch screen); icons look crappy; plain text email; but worst of all
THE SMALL SCREEN
I'm sorry, but once you've tasted 3.5" of high resolution glory, you never go back.
- 07-03-2008, 04:16 PM #23
I have owned 5 BlackBerrys and one iPhone. I ditched the iPhone and went back to my BlackBerry, but this was because it was a 1.0.9 iPhone that I couldn't upgrade because it was unlocked, and I only had a 25MB plan at the time.
I think the thing I'll miss most about my BlackBerry, when I get the iPhone3G, is the push E-mail and the reliability of it. I'll also miss BlackBerry Messenger (free BlackBerry to BlackBerry instant SMS messaging)
- 07-03-2008, 04:58 PM #24
Robin, as this is an iPhone blogsite/fansite, you should expect to see comments mostly preferring the iPhone. If you post the same question at Crackberry.com (you may have as I didn't check), I suspect the responses will be quite different.
I am a long time BB user (BES) and a year long iPhone admirer. I consider myself as fairly impartial on the subject of iPhone vs. BB.
I currently have a Curve 8310 and I absolutely love the device. Push e-mail, phone features, contact list, calendar, and to do list all work perfectly. What's better is that it and my office PC sync to each other OTA perfectly. But I must add that I am a BES customer and my company pays for the service. I know the service fee for BES is quite expensive and I can’t vouch if being a BIS customer will have the same quality of service as I currently have.
I also love the Curve for one more function and this is something the iPhone can't do. The Curve can double as my mass storage device. I can download podcasts from any computer and listen to them during my commute. No iTune required and no worries about erasing my music files on my Curve by syncing to an iTune with the wrong library. I also store lots of pictures of my kids on my Curve and upload them to my parents' PC when I visit them. Finally, don't believe it when people say that BB has a high learning curve. The Curve is just incredibly easy to use and so versatile and functional. If there was no iPhone in this world, the Curve will hands down be the best smartphone, IMO.
But then I saw the iPhone in the Apple store, and I instantly felt in love with its form factor, its big and beautiful display, its touch interface, and its full HTML web browsing capability. It is such a media powerhouse and so hard to not like this wonderful piece of gorgeous hardware.
That said, the iPhone has its limitations but many people are able to tolerate them. First and foremost to me, the virtual keyboard takes alot to get used to. I play around with my co-workers' iPhone all the time and I still have trouble typing half as fast as on my Curve. Secondly, it does not have a removable battery. If you are often on the road for extended periods of time, a fully charged iPhone will not last you the entire day. To have spare batteries to fall back on would be nice. You can get aftermarket battery sleeves that attach onto the iPhone, but it makes the phone bulky and Apple shouldn't have forced its customer to do that. Thirdly, the iPhone does not support external memory cards which is a shame. I find external memory cards a very convenient way of swapping large media files while not taking up valuable drive space.
At the end, both BB and the iPhone are phenomenal smartphones. I don’t think you can go wrong with either decision. The BB works well and is a productivity demon while the iPhone is just so beautiful to look at and operate that you give in to its limitations. I decided that I must have both devices so I am keeping my Curve and my wife will get the 3G iPhone, best of both worlds.
Wow, sorry for such a long post. I guess I had a lot to share.
Last edited by GaryUSC; 07-03-2008 at 05:03 PM.
- 07-04-2008, 10:38 PM #25