versus Blackberry, who wins is up to you.
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The Blackberry wins on points, but the iPhone scores
One hundred million applications downloaded for the
iPhone in two months.
The iPhone and Blackberrys mobile phones seem to be
in competition for the same market, so smartphone buyers
tend to compare and contrast them in the hope of finding
the perfect solution to their mobile communications needs.
Theres a first generation iPhone and a Blackberry
Pearl on my desk and I have to say; the comparison is a
little inappropriate. Its a bit like comparing a luxury
gated community apartment with a premium mall positioning.
Depending on who you are, one or the other is the perfect
place to be.
Still, readers have spoken and inquiring minds need to know.
Both Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) realise that creating
the right phone with the right features will not only win
converts, but will also tempt dumbphone users
The second generation of the iPhone extends its software
further into the realms of the Blackberry, tying its mail
systems into Microsoft Exchange servers and promising the
kind of push e-mail technology (through Apples surprisingly
flaky Mobile Me service) that has made RIMs product
The hot new Blackberry Bold is only a stepping stone toward
the forthcoming 9350 model, dubbed the Storm, which will
implement a full screen face with touch capability.
Out of the box
The Blackberry is a fully authorised and supported phone
in Trinidad and Tobago while the iPhone must be hacked in
order to make it function. You unpack a Blackberry, set
up the e-mail online and within minutes youve joined
the legions of folks who have their e-mail appear instantly
on their hip.
The iPhone requires deft software skills and a willingness
to keep up with new updates in order to keep the phone current.
Last week, Apple issued iTunes 8, which broke previous iPhone
hacks. A few days later, the Pwnage Tool guys had rehacked
the new protocols and restored jailbreak status to hacked
Now I have to apply all these changes in order to update
to the new iTunes and keep the software current. This is
a giant PITA, and remains the costliest part of using an
iPhone locally. Point to RIM.
Both phones send and receive calls with appropriate aplomb,
but e-mail on the iPhone is more like using software on
your computer than the urgent sparseness of the Blackberry
system. E-mails pop up on a Blackberry like SMS text messages.
Until Apple finally gets push e-mail set up right, e-mail
on the iPhone remains a download and read system, a vulnerable
to your forgetfulness.
RIM may also be on the wrong track with a touchscreen Blackberry,
since one of the great attractions of their device is touch
typing, particularly on the larger models that have more
spacious keyboards. You cant type with your hands
under a desk in a dullass meeting with a touchscreen, guys.
Point to RIM
Im getting three days tops on standby with normal,
which is to say minimal, use with the iPhone. WiFi, audio
and video playback will drastically reduce that time. The
Blackberry will run, with its data ports open for incoming
e-mail, for a week. If you have to change the battery on
an iPhone, you must send it back to Apple or crack it open
yourself, not a user friendly procedure. The Blackberry,
like every other mobile phone on planet Earth, has a user
replaceable battery. Point to RIM.
The iPhone has the Blackberry beat like a bobolee when it
comes to the sheer joy of use and showoffability.
With more than 3000 applications available on the App Store
and fluid graphics, theres lots of stuff to, um, demonstrate.
In just two months, Apple reports that more than 100 million
applications have been downloaded from its online store.
Among them is Koi Pond, a gorgeous reproduction of fish
swimming in a pond that responds to touch, the kind of thing
that simply doesnt exist on any other cell phone.
A Blackberry is, well, functional. Point to Apple.
If I still woke up early in the morning and tried to tie
a noose around my neck with blearly, shadowed eyes before
going to work for The Man, Id be all over the Blackberry.
But I dont do that any more and the iPhone vastly
enhances my ageing cool factor...and I can play The Force
Unleashed on it. Think of it as my little black and silver
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copy and paste for text on a device that is, in every other
respect, a mobile computer.
App Store locked down to US only customers.
No memory card slots.
Creating and using ringtones is a fussy software hack.
Two megapixel camera is mediocre, no video capture.