RoundRobin: CrackBerry Goes Frenemy # 1 - iPhone 3G

By Kevin Michaluk on 9 Dec 2008 08:03 pm EST

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The iPhone 3G. It is without a doubt my favorite smartphone frenemy. Whether you like, dislike, love or hate the iPhone 3G, you certainly can't deny it. You can't deny the sales figures Apple has quickly achieved with the device and you can't deny all those things the iPhone 3G does well. At the same time, you also can't deny all of the iPhone 3G's many faults. Remember our Top 10 Reasons Why the iPhone is No BlackBerry and Top 10 Reasons Why the Iphone 3G is STILL No BlackBerry articles??

iPhone and BlackBerry enthusiasts will always disagree on these points, as many of the gripes go beyond the device itself and into the realm of smartphone philosophy, and both Apple and RIM have different ideas on that (think on the go vs. stop and use). If you missed last year's Smartphone Round Robin, be sure to check out my iPhone Initial Impressions and iPhone Final Review. Despite the iPhone 3G being an improved device over the original iPhone my overall opinion hasn't really changed - it still lacks the Crack.

Take a look at the slightly too long video above (my apologies - waiting on all those dang iPhone screen to screen transitions soaks up the time). I give the iPhone 3G some love and some hate, in the way that only best frenemies could. Enjoy the show!

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RoundRobin: CrackBerry Goes Frenemy # 1 - iPhone 3G



I'm not a fan of either iPhone or Bold.

However I think these two phones are probable the best match for each other.

I can't stand the small non-touch screen of the Bold, but what it does it does it better than almost any other phone.

I can't stand the lack of simple basic features in the iPhone that can be found on $10 phones. But nobody gets even near to its fantastic interface.

Get the one half of the iPhone and the other half from the the Bold and VOILA!! the almost perfect phone.

I love my iPods and think the iTouch is cool (other than its currently limited capacity)and I appreciate what the Storm offers - you can like them all obviously.

One is geared toward iPodders and the other to Crack addicts but it was odd you mentioned the Storm but didn't demo it against the that because they're for different audiences and it would've been an apples to oranges comparison?

Very nice. I do think the iPhone is more the night life we are all going out phone lets have some fun where as the Bold is more during business hours we have stuff to do and need it done quickly. I'm going into a more professional career so i will go with the Bold.

Basically this is the same device as last year, wich thats ok really the Iphone is truly a great piece of technology.