Top 10 Reasons Why the iPhone Is NO BlackBerry

Top 10 Reasons the iPhone is No BlackBerry
By Al Sacco on 29 Apr 2008 11:59 am EDT
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I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of hearing about the Apple iPhone.  iPhone-this and iPhone-that.  I can't even walk down the street or ride the train without seeing an iPhone in the hands of some bubbly college girl or Apple fanboy.  And all the tech sites, from Engadget to Gizmodo and everywhere between, are plastered with iPhone "news" each day.  Yuck.  Enough is enough.

I realize the iPhone is cool, okay?  So is my BlackBerry.  I'll even concede that what Apple did with the iPhone's touch screen is both remarkably innovative and revolutionary.  What I will NOT do is trade in my RIM device for one.  And I have ten solid reasons why not.  Check this out.

[ Note: A few, but not all, of these reasons may be addressed when the next generation iPhone is released in the coming months.  Still, Apple's no RIM, the iPhone's no BlackBerry, and that's not going to change anytime soon. ]

Top 10 Reasons Why the iPhone is No BlackBerry 

10. The iPhone's Not Designed for One-Handed Operation

The iPhone is lightweight and thin enough to fit into a pants pocket, but it's also fairly wide and long, which means that most users need one hand to hold the device and the other to type or navigate through applications or surf the Web.

I don’t know about you, but I'm often driving or taking notes when I'm using my phone, so two-handed operation is either dangerous, a big inconvenience or both.   Yeah, I realize driving while texting or Web surfing's never a good idea—in fact it's illegal in some locales.  I often use a Bluetooth headset that lets me dial preprogrammed numbers while driving, so I don't need to use my device's keyboard at all.  But sometimes I don't have the earpiece, and I'm grateful that I need only a single hand to dial a phone number or access my voice-activated Yahoo oneSearch app—which, I might add, is not available for the iPhone.

Try dialing a number with an iPhone in your left hand while steering with your right or typing in an address on that touch screen while jotting down notes. Not so much…And because the iPhone's Safari Web browser requires you to zoom in and out to view text and images on Web pages, you'll need both hands for that funky pinch in and out motion.   Not so with the BlackBerry Browser, which optimizes most pages for your device's screen and lets you scroll down by simply clicking your keyboard's space bar.

9. Every iPhone is Created Equally—At Least on the Outside

There's only one iPhone, no matter how many other handset makers unveil lookalikes, and I say that's a bad thing.  Sure, you can buy an iPhone with 16GB or 8GB of storage capacity but everything about those two devices will be exactly the same, except for the number of tunes you can squeeze in there and the tiny lettering on the rear side that indicates flash drive size.

A plethora of BlackBerry devices are available to you today.  If, for instance, you have small hands or require a tiny device for other reasons, you can pick up a BlackBerry Pearl or Curve instead of an 8700 or 8800 series handheld.  And then you can pick from the line of four available Pearl and Curve devices, the 8x00, 8x10, 8x20 and 8x30, depending on which feature set best fits your personal needs.  You can even select the color of the handset while iPhone users are stuck with that boring trash-can aluminum casing.

On that note, I appreciate the fact that even though I frequently see other BlackBerrys in the hands of my friends, coworkers and strangers, I rarely see my specific device.  I chose the gold Curve 8320 mostly because of its VoWi-Fi features, but I also knew that the Gold casing I selected is somewhat rare because it's a T-Mobile exclusive in the United States.  I've yet to see a single person on the street with the gold Curve, and something about that makes me love my device even more.

8. No Removable Battery, No Backup Power Supply for the iPhone

The Apple iPhone's Li-ion battery is built into the device and cannot be removed.  That's a serious bummer for anybody who uses their device as much as I do, or for folks who are frequently on the go.  Especially since the iPhone is "half-iPod," and is meant to be used as a media player.  Listening to music and watching video are a great way to plow through battery life, and the fact that the iPhone's battery can't be swapped out when drained plain old stinks.

You can pick up extra batteries for your BlackBerry for as little as $20 on ShopCrackBerry.com, so you don't even need to shell out a lot of cash for back up.  And trust me, that $20 is worth every penny the first time you lose track of your battery status and see that amber-colored LED low-battery alert when you're expecting an important call.

Extended-capacity batteries from third-party manufacturers like Seidio are also available for BlackBerry devices, so you can even increase the life of your power supply.

If your iPhone craps out while you're away from a power outlet or don't have a charger handy, well, you're sh…simply out of luck.

7. The iPhone Has No Native Video Recording Capabilities

Currently, there's no way official way to record video clips using the iPhone's built-in camera.  One would think a device aimed specifically at consumers would include such functionality, but the iPhone does not.  On the other hand, RIM's most consumer-oriented devices, the BlackBerry Pearl handhelds, can all capture video clips—with the exception of the 8100.  And the much anticipated release of BlackBerry OS v4.5 will bring video recording to Curve devices, as well.

Supposedly there are a few "unofficial" applications available that can enable iPhone-video-capture, but that means tinkering with or unlocking the handheld.  That voids users' warranties and could potentially damage the device or give Apple warrant to disable it.  I don't know about you, but if I paid the ridiculous price Apple's charging for the iPhone—see reason number six--I'd be hesitant to take those chances.

6. The iPhone Is Too Darn Expensive

Though the price of the iPhone has gone down considerably since its release last June, the device is still way too pricey at $399 for the 8GB version and $499 for 16GB of storage.  (It's also worth noting that Apple "thanked" the first folks who purchased the device by dropping the price two months later. The company then tried to make up for the move by offering an Apple Store credit for half the amount of the price reduction. Dare I say RIM would never insult BlackBerry users like that?)

With the exception of the touch screen and the Safari browser, there's little the iPhone has that you can't get in a significantly less expensive BlackBerry or other smartphone.  And depending on how you use your device—if, for example, you type lots of messages—the iPhone's virtual keyboard can be a frustrating productivity-killer.  I'd even say that the Opera Mini browser is a very suitable alternative to Safari.

Today, a shiny new BlackBerry Pearl or Curve device goes for a fraction of the cost of an iPhone. You can, in fact, find BlackBerrys for free if you keep a sharp eye out—or visit CrackBerry.com frequently.  Even RIM's higher-end devices, like the 8820 and 8830, can be as much as $100 cheaper than the lowest-capacity iPhone.

5. The iPhone Doesn't Support VoWi-Fi—Even Though It Could and Should

The iPhone has Wi-Fi, but the fact that the device does not yet allow for Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi), greatly reduces the value of the feature.

There are currently three BlackBerrys that offer VoWi-Fi: the Pearl 8120; Curve 8320; and the 8820 device.  These BlackBerrys are all available through multiple carriers, but the only ones that currently support VoWi-Fi in the United States are the ones sold through T-Mobile.  AT&T, the largest U.S. wireless provider by subscribers and the exclusive iPhone carrier, sells both the 8120 and the 8820, but it currently blocks VoWi-Fi for fear that the functionality will cut into its profits from data transmission. North of the Border, GSM-monopoly Rogers will soon be the only provider allowing Canadians to get their hands on the iPhone, but unlike AT&T, information suggests Rogers will soon be allowing their consumer customers to take advantages of VoWi-Fi with the addition of the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to their device lineup and the introduction of the Rogers Home Calling Zone service.

It costs $10 extra on top of my T-Mobile bill for unlimited VoWi-Fi calling, and the feature is well worth the price because I don't have a landline phone and I'm constantly on my BlackBerry.

I've heard rumors that JAJAH, which makes VoIP applications, is working a native iPhone app to enable VoWi-Fi, and that Apple will not block the feature on a device level.  But it remains to be seen what role AT&T will play, especially since it has yet to enable VoWi-Fi on its compatible RIM devices.

Bottom line: I've been using VoWi-Fi via BlackBerry for months, while iPhone users are still unsure if or when the feature's coming to the Apple smartphone.

4. iPhone User?  No GPS for You

The iPhone does not have internal GPS.

Not every BlackBerry has it, either, but every single new model line from the 8100 series forward has at least one handheld with GPS.  For example, the Curve 8320 doesn't have internal navigation functionality, but its siblings--the 8310 and 8330--do.  The Pearl 8100 is GPS-less, but both the 8110 and 8130 also have it.  And all three 8800 series device have built-in GPS capabilities.  So if satellite navigation is of the essence, you've got a lot of options when it comes to BlackBerrys.

Sure, iPhone users can "virtual GPS" like Google's My Location service, but those, like the iPhone's virtual keyboard, just don't cut it. (See reason number two for more on the iPhone's keyboard.)  I'm also not a big fan of toting around external GPS pucks.

An increasing number of new mobile applications are offering some form or GPS-integration features.  BlackBerrys let you realize the full potential of such apps, but iPhone users have to make do without.

3. Want an iPhone?  Hope You're Ready to Switch Wireless Carriers…

In most major markets where the iPhone is sold, Apple has exclusive distribution agreements with local carriers. For instance, U.S. consumers must be AT&T customers if they want an iPhone. Folks in the U.K. who want iPhones must ink contracts with O2. Germans must sign with T-Mobile.  Orange in France, etc. (Again, there's always the option of unlocking the device so it will operate on other carriers' networks, but that can be asking for trouble, and it's something I do not recommend.)

On the other hand, you can purchase a number of BlackBerry devices through all the major U.S. carriers—in fact, BlackBerry smartphones are sold by the majority of leading wireless carriers through the world.  RIM even makes CDMA BlackBerry phones so Sprint and Verizon, the two U.S. carriers who don't operate GSM networks, can offer BlackBerrys to their customers.  Good luck getting an iPhone on the carrier network of your choice.

I'm not sure about you, but I want to be able to select both the device and the wireless carrier that best suit my personal needs, without tinkering with my handset and potentially voiding my warranty by unlocking it.

2. No Physical Keyboard?  No Thanks.

The BlackBerry became king of the smartphone space for a number of obvious reasons.  Its tried-and-true push e-mail system is the best in the biz, and that's huge. And despite a couple recent, highly-publicized outages, RIM has a very impressive record of service reliability.

I could go on, but for me, the feature that takes the cake is the full QWERTY keyboard found on many RIM devices.   I've become so adept at using my BlackBerry that I can type almost as fast on its keyboard as I can on my laptop—almost. The iPhone's touch-screen-based virtual keyboard just doesn't do it.  And, yes, I've spent enough time with the iPhone to get use to it.

Before any of you tell me I'm wrong, I'll say that I understand the whole virtual vs. physical keyboard thing is largely a preference issue.  But I firmly believe that the average person, iPhone experience or no, can type faster and more efficiently on a physical keyboard, mostly because virtual keyboards provide no tactile feedback.  That means you need to stare at the on-screen keys while you type, which takes your attention away from text in the message field.  BlackBerrys with full keyboards are simply better for rapid typing than iPhones, and nothing's going to change that--even if haptic technology finds its way into a future version of Apple's smartphone.  (Haptics would cause small vibrations when device keys are kit, in an attempt to provide that missing tactile feedback.)

1. The iPhone Third-Party Apps Debacle

Finally, the number one reason why the iPhone is no BlackBerry: Nearly a full year after Apple released the device in the United States, developers <em>still</em> cannot create and distribute third-party application that run natively on their devices. That means iPhone user have a very slim selection of applications they can download. And that's downright ridiculous after a year.  How "smart" is Apple's smartphone if it can't be used like any run-of-the-mill PC to add software?  I mean seriously…

Sure the iPhone SDK has been released, and there might be some great apps in the works, but in my opinion, that's too little, too late, as they say.

One of the best things about BlackBerrys is the ability to download third-party apps.  And there are LOTS of them: business-apps and games; free downloads and programs you've got to pay an arm and a leg for; everything in between.  Just search Google for "BlackBerry downloads" and there will be enough options to keep you entertained until your device is obsolete.  Or check out all the great software available in the CrackBerry shop.

There's also the little of issue of how much control Apple will hold over which apps can run on the iPhone and whether or not they'll be available through outlets other than the iTunes Store.  So far, it appears that Apple will have the final say over which programs it will allow to run natively on the device.  And the iTunes store will likely be the sole distribution channel—at least at first.

Oh yeah, the iPhone supposedly won't allow "multi-tasking" of native applications either, and that means as soon as you get a phone call or decided to surf the Web, you're IM app will instantly close, severing your chat connections.  And you know that cool CrackBerry.com branded Viigo RSS reader that updates itself?  There won't be any such thing on the iPhone, because it would have to run in the background while you employ you're device.  Thanks to Mr. Jobs, that probably won't be possible.

So those are the top 10 reasons why I won't be trading in my BlackBerry for an iPhone now or later this year when Apple's next-gen device hits stores.  What do you all think?   Did I miss a reason why your BlackBerry is better than the iPhone?

I'm all ears…

Topics: Editorial

112 comments

Kevin Michaluk

Just a quick note to to officially Welcome Al Sacco to the CrackBerry.com blogs! You can expect to see more awesome editorials and reviews from him in the future. The name Al Sacco will be familiar to the BlackBerry Addicts reading this - Al covers mobile and wireless technologies for CIO.com, where he generates some great content, which include some super-handy BB tip articles. Welcome to the CrackBerry Blogs Al!!

Adlen

Loving the blog AND that graphic!

I feel silly when I think about how bad I wanted an iPhone now.

VoltaicShock

I have been watching the web about the new 3G iPhone (Google Alerts are great). The new one is suppose to have a lot of these features, but I can't imagine paying that much for it. I really wanted an iPhone, but as I have come to use my BB on a daily basis I am not so sure now.

The BB can play most of the music you download off of iTunes anyway, so why would I need the iPhone to do this for me?

I have to agree with you about the GPS (http://www.blackberrytracker.com/). I would love to use this site, but VZW blocks GPS.

want an iphone

i'm getting a 3g iphone as soon as it comes out....yeah i thought about the 9000 but i'm opting with no. i've had a pearl and the 8820...still going with the iphone.

Wifiguy#CB

You sound like a tough guy with all your reasons in not getting an iPhone. With the lack of 3g it's easy to resist the first one. But 3g, gps, and a boatload of support from the coolest companies, you too will succomb and buy an iPhone. You will eat your words and I will say I told you so!!

jackie treehorn

I must say that i am with you on all of your points. i also owned an iphone and it lasted a grand total of a week thats right a week. after trying to type on that danged virtual keyboard and the whole zooming in and out just to see what the web page had on it, i said i quit i hate this thing. The day after i decided to give it up i was in the at&t store returning it. the guy asked me why i would give up such a "cool" phone, i simply told him it flat out sucked. I picked up the 8310 and i haven't looked back or even thought twice about giving up the "cool" iphone. i love blackberry and i will never own another phone, unless of course its another blackberry. again very very well said.

DiabeticDoc2B

Uuuuuuummmmmmmm Let's not forget that you cant even send MMS Messages on the iPhone, (unless that's been changed). And as far as the whole memory for music, I bought a 8gb chip for my Curve and now I have the same capacity as the lesser iPhone. Not to mention that I hate Apple products that I have dealt with because of the necessity to "synch" and erase all the music and reload it back with the new music. I like that I can just add whatever music I want by simply copy and pasting. If I am ever compelled to buy and iPhone, I'll keep my CB and just buy a Touch, because thats all the iPhone is without phone features.

Yank in Ulster

I agree with you. At first I was disappointed my new employer was not with O2 (UK) and thus I was compelled to get BlackBerry Pearl 8310 instead of an iPhone. No regrets, especially re physical keypad and ability to hold with one hand. Indeed, the harder transition was moving from Palm Treo 650, which I loved. However, Palm is tired and I do not understand why they cannot get their devices down to size/weight of BlackBerry Pearls.

But the Apple Touch is genius. Nice large size and screen, a negative for a mobile/cell phone, is a bonus for watching videos and browsing web. Two-finger zooming of photos felt unbelievable at first: very 21st century technology. I'm waiting for the 64GB version, though, to replace my current iPod.

Thanks for the review. The Pearl is well designed, incorporating physical keypad with 320x240 screen and light weight. Lovely piece of kit.

Brother_Jebadiah

To be fair, you don't have to synch iPods to add music if you don't want to. You just need to change the settings in iTunes.

Jason

Myself

Just wanted to throw another reason that a Blackberry is better than an iPhone: usb connectivity! Apple loves to make their products proprietary (even the usb extension cable with their new keyboard can only be used with that keyboard), and of course they have their 30-pin connector for the ipods/iphone. However, I much prefer the mini-usb connection on the Blackberry since many other products I own and plan to own use this same connection, meaning I can use just one charger for all the products.

I also have to agree with the virtual keyboard. I have an iPod touch, and simply don't find the keyboard to be as responsive as I would like. If they could come out with an iPhone with a slide-out qwerty keyboard (but still maintaining the same size), I think it would be a huge seller and I would almost consider switching, but frankly, I hate touchscreens and much prefer tactile feedback. I know it will do what I want when I can push a dedicated button.

Anonymous

One cool thing I did with the USB - I connected the USB INPUT of my Sony mp3 car deck to the USB of the 8310. This keeps the battery charged while I was using the Garmin Mobile GPS. I could still listen to the radio and CD on the car deck.

Kevin Michaluk

Al - you may have to write a follow up article on this. Another 10 Reasons why the iPhone is no BlackBerry. I just remembered my pet peeve that I experienced in the two weeks I used an iPhone as part of the Smartphone Round Robin.... I hated the fact I couldn't use my Motorola S9s with it! The iPhone is pretty fun for music, but common..wires?! You HAVE to plug in headphones? Seems so 1980. I think A2DP will likely come to the iPhone in an update, but again, it's one of those things they COULD have put into the phone and SHOULD have put into the phone and didn't. Yet another reason why the BlackBerry is still the Rambo of smartphones in my book.

Sandman15

For the most part, I agree with everything stated, very well written. I owned an iPhone for a few months and would like to throw in my .02, with gas prices and inflation, it's probably worth even less! I've since moved on to the 8130 Pearl.

1. I found the iPhone keyboard quite fast after the first month, it's very forgiving if you miss the proper letter and will more often than not spell the right word for you. Keep in mind I'm not at full speed on the 8130 yet, but I'm fairly quick. The numbers and punctuation on the iPhone is poor though, very poor.

2. The iPhone is NOT a PHONE FIRST. The crackberry I can pick up and dial a number anytime with one step(2 if it's locked) but if the iPhone is in a different application it's as many as 6 or 7 steps to make a call - eg. Power button, unlock, click home, click phone, click keypad, dial number, press send.

3. The keypad doesn't give feedback, as stated before, but we're all so very accustomed to dialing phones without looking that the iPhone loses major points here.

4. No voice dial, enough said.

5. When in a call, it's awkward to enable speakerphone, mute, bring up the keypad etc because you have to move the headset away from your face and press the touchscreen. I like the one-touch of the blackberry.

Well written, thanks.

Sandipan

Completely agree with this. BB is the god of smartphones and will remain so...Dont see anybody catching up soon...

agraves1006

I didnt realize how many features DIDNT come with the iphone, till you broke it down. I use my bb 8130 for everything BUT a phone, and love my wireless headset, Motorola S9!!!!!
And i hate that you cant add expandable memory to the iphone like you can bb. :)

m85foxbbb -b

ok, heres my comment to you. i see (read) that you own an 8320, as do i. so on one of your reasons you knock the iphone is for not having GPS, or having to carry a bluetooth GPS puck so my question to you is how do you get "real" GPS when YOUR berry does not have it itself?? oh, and if your reply is i carry another GPS enabled RIM handset, then wow. yes it is less of a pain to carry two handsets, than only one w/ a small bluetooth puck (says sarcastically). and i love how you cry that "oh no unlocking your phone can seriously mess it up, and void your warranty, i know i would never do that" ya, thats it (also says sarcastically). and don't B*tch at me saying i'm an apple fanboy. i use 8320 UNLOCKED BY Tmo w/ Tmo service. so basically ya. seriously

p.s. also don't whine to me about my grammar, i hate English courses, as long as you are able to understand what i'm trying to communicate thats all that matters to me.

D_Town

You seem to have missed his point. His point is that RIM offers several versions of blackberry devices, unlike the Iphone. SO, if he had wanted to, he could have simply purchased an 8310 INSTEAD of the 8320 if he wanted GPS. He wouldn't carry BOTH, he could just get one. Point is the option is there, unlike with Iphone. ALL Iphones are the same. NO variety, no choice. RIM on the other hand offers several versions for all types of consumers. You couple this with all the apps that are available and i think RIM is the winner.

At least as far as choice is concerned.

pjm

"p.s. also don't whine to me about my grammar, i hate English courses, as long as you are able to understand what i'm trying to communicate thats all that matters to me."

I won't complain about your grammar, spelling, and punctuation if you don't complain about not being taken seriously because you refuse to do your readers the common courtesy of following the rules of written English. If it's just too hard for you, you probably aren't smart enough to be worth reading.

Crav

Why do people continually make these statements? How would you like it if you bought a gizmo, and the manual that came with it was written in the form you just posted? You'd have to read it 3 times.
Gee (sarcastically) maybe for your convenience, since you aleady skip adequate grammar, you should also leave out conjuctions and determiners!

You don't even know what those are,
freakin troglodyte

iPhone AND Blackberry user

As one who owns both an iphone and blackberry curve, there are reasons to like both.

First, the tactile keyboard for me is still the way to go if you are texting and e-mailing ALOT. The touch keyboard is fine for short texts every now and then, but that's about it.

Second, the mail app on the iPhone just doesn't cut it. I had to switch back to my curve as my primary phone for these two reasons. That being said...

I will be purchasing a 3g iphone and if it does what I think (and many others predict) it will do, the keyboard will be the ONLY thing I find annoying about the iphone. Safari is simply amazing and with the addition of 3G will be even better. The SDK is going to lead to some of the most innovative mobile software ever imagined. As a consumer primarily and a business user secondarily, the new iphone with 3g, gps and wi-fi with voip capabilities will be a device that does everything I want.

I'll never throw away my 8300 though ;)

serpico

Funny this came out today because yesterday the Best Buy employee was showing me his iPhone. I just picked up a Curve and was coming from an 8700r. The keyboard is the main reason I stay with Blackberry. The iPhone is for a different crowd and fills the void that many cell phones have failed.

I use an iMac and Macbook Pro, so the iPhone would work very well in that eco system. But trying to type on virtual keyboards have never worked for me. Don't care about the zooming in and out, and unlocked is the only way to get them up here working. I'm sure the next one will be nice but if it looks the same, my Curve will be around for a long time.

realjames

iPhone if you're trendy, Blackberry if you're important. End of story.

Anonymous

iphones are for the same chumps that buy lg phones, built for flash and not to last
berrys are for the people who actually want to get things done
btw #11. the blackberry's screen won't be a greasy mess like iphones since your paws aren't all over it!

GaryUSC

Al,

I am a heavy Blackberry user and a big iPhone admirer. For some of your points above, here are some of my counter points:

One handed operation – Even though the iPhone is mostly designed for two handed use, an user can sometimes accomplish tasks quicker using the touch screen gesture commands on the iPhone over the BB. Viewing pictures or listening to music on the devices is a great example. On the iPhone, a simple gesture allows you to zoom, rewind, and fast forward the pictures or songs. On the BB, you will need to click and scroll a few times to do the same. My point is, one handed operation isn’t always more convenient or faster. The iPhone just has a different input interface design and it is at times the better method over the BB.

Removable battery – while I agree on this point as much as you, it really hasn’t stopped me from owning an iPod and same goes to millions of other iPod owners.

Native Video Recording, VoWi Fi, GPS – Keep in mind that BB has gone through many generations while the iPhone is still on its first. The next generation of iPhone is expected to include many of the current missing features, including push e-mail. RIM really needs to step up on the multimedia front on the BB (larger display) if they like to compete with Apple on the consumer market. Because with push e-mail capabilities on the iPhone, the BB will lose significant amount of its edge on the enterprise market to the iPhone.

Pricing – Apple products, going all the way back to the days of Apple IIc, have always carried a price premium. Additionally, the price premium on the iPhone isn’t as harsh as it sounds. The iPhone comes with 8GB of storage at $399 while a Curve comes with no storage at $150 (crazy Amazon.com deals not withstanding). A 8GB micro SD will cost about $90, which gives you about a $150 price premium for having an iPhone. If the next gen iPhone will add push e-mail and 3G, I will not hesitate to shell out $150 extra for it. Many have already proved they will with the current gen of iPhones.

Third party apps – Again, iPhone is a very young device and third party application support is understandably slow to make themselves available. If you have jail broken your iPhone, some good third party apps are already out there, or so says the iPhone podcast I subscribe to.

I am a big fan of BB and use the heck out of my Curve on a daily basis. But there is no denying that the iPhone is an amazing device. The fact that you are compelled to make this blog says volumes about how relevant the iPhone is in the world of smart phones. RIM has got a very legitimate competitor on their hands.

D_Town

All this MAY be true..but until it is, the Curve is better. At least from a business point of view.

Kwackberry iPwn

I don't see why the world is so black and white. The iPhone and the Blackberry are both smartphones, but with different approaches.

As mentioned by a few, the iPhone is in its first generation. The Blackberry has been out for years. Only recently did it get a camera, video recording, MMS, etc. Some phones don't even have the video recording or MMS yet. So this can't be a beef against the one iPhone.

Also, I don't know why so many people struggle with a touchscreen. First, if you're driving, you should NOT be messing around with a Blackberry OR an iPhone, so that really should be a moot point. That said, you can use an iPhone with one hand. Are you going to be surfing the net while driving? Viewing pictures? I certainly hope not and if so, you should have your cell phone taken away immediately. With those aside, you should really ONLY need to dial while driving, which, needless to say, requires only one hand. If you can't manage that, you're thick. When two hands are available, typing should be easy on both devices. Yes, might need to look down a bit more on the iPhone, but not always. I have an iPod touch and have messed around with some friends' iPhones. I can easily type without looking directly at the keyboard with the exception of some things like numbers and punctuation.

This article is far too biased and seems to miss that both devices are clearly good, but for different reasons.

luc-mobile

I am a little sick of these flame wars between the Blackberry and the iPhone. I have written a similar article myself, but sometimes I regret it because why should we ever care? Let the Apple fans use the iPhone, so long as I am never forced to use one. People make bad choices all the time, that isn't changing anything in the world around us.

But the really worst thing about your article is that you forgot copy-and-paste. Come on! If you're going to mock the iPhone, do a good job at it. You can't seriously mock the iPhone and leave copy-and-paste out of your piece. That is something that will be remembered historically. Just wait and see. And you left it out...

That part about using the phone while driving was a very bad idea too. What were you thinking?

D_Town

I love to copy and paste!

Al Sacco

Hello there, folks.

First of all, I'd like to say thanks to the CrackBerry Maestro, Kevin, for the warm welcome. And thanks to all of you for your (mostly) thoughtful comments.

Because I don't have the time, energy or patience to respond to each and every one—trust me, I wish I did, I've got something to say to you all—I'm just going to hit on a few of the points that caught my eye.

Before I do, let me clarify that I believe the iPhone is indeed an exceptional device for a first-generation product—the adjective I used in my post was "revolutionary"—and nowhere do I say differently. I was simply trying to point out why the iPhone is not a suitable device for many smartphone aficionados like me—or at least that BlackBerrys are more suitable. That's why my article is called "The Top 10 Reasons the iPhone is NO BlackBerry" and not "The Top 10 Reasons the iPhone is a Piece of Junk." I think I'd better understand some of your sentiments if the title were the latter, but what can I say?

On to your comments: I agree, the device's lack of MMS capabilities, a cut-and-paste feature and the fact that you can't use wireless headphones are also great points that could've made my list. However, I must say I'm unsure the missing cut-and-paste function will go down in history as the device's fatal flaw, as one of you seemed to suggest. I guess we'll have to "just wait and see." Anywho, I won't be losing any sleep over leaving that one off my list in the meantime.

Finally, I never said it's a good idea to text and drive—in fact, I said it isn't--but I'm always using my BlackBerry in the car, and on occasion that means dialin' and drivin'. A device that requires two hands to dial or text makes the task even more dangerous. I've got a shelf full of Bluetooth headsets--there's also at least one in my vehicle as I write this--and I try to use ear pieces with autodialing as frequently as possible. But sometimes that just doesn't happen. I seriously doubt a single one of you can tell me you don't ever dial your phone while behind the wheel. That said, I can say I NEVER surf the Web while driving, and neither should you.

Again, thanks for sharing your opinions, and please keep 'em coming.

AS

Crowley

A device that requires two hands to dial or text might just force you to do the proper thing and pull over. You shouldn't be using your phone for dialling or texting in the car, period.

luc-mobile

1) Missing cut-and-paste: not the device's fatal flaw,
but you bet it will be ridiculed mercilessly many years
from now, more or less like we ridicule 640Kb of RAM
today. In the iPhone's case it will be worse, because
it's not an industry standard like the 640Kb of yore.
Many of today's phones copy and paste just fine.

2) Dude, pull over. No call or message is worth
someone's life. It's not necessarily your life, there
are other people on the road.

dargis49

That's my reason. The iphone is really big compared to a Pearl. I put my phone in my pocket. iphone is too big for it to fit comfortably. But about having to pick the carrier that sells the iphone. Not true. You can buy an iphone off ebay put in your sim and use it. But that comes back to price, it's too much. I have a couple of buddies who have done it.
Edit: One more thing negative about the iphone is the fact that it is touch screen. I'm anal. I like my phone to be clean. iphone's always look dirty as all hell from fingerprints, and greasy oil from peoples faces.

Anonymous

I just got my BB curve 8310 and I love it. The only downside in having a BB in Canada is data plan is too much. I don't use this BB for business or work but I'm hoping we don't have to pay too much for data plans in the future. BB rules!

SOUJAH345

Welcome to CB AL, I'm looking foward to learning from you.

goulav

While I agree with some of your points, I have to agree with the post that the iPhone is in it's first generation. I started with the Blackberry with the 7290 and it lacked more than the iPhone does. I know it was a few years ago, but MMS and picture id and mp3 ringtones had already made it's way to mainstream and it didn't offer EDGE. You are looking at this as a fanboy, not a business decision. I use a Blackberry because it serves my needs, I do not use an iPhone because of preference. What you need to take into consideration is what Apple has done to the carriers it partners with, it has taken back control. Yes it's an Apple product so you have to use iTunes to activate, but the carrier does not control what you do with it. I wish more manufactures would take a stance and not let carriers flood their handsets with crap we will never use. If you think of all the stuff the carriers do with their phones, not just Blackberry, imagine how much more we could get out of our phones.

flairbrtndr3

haha the frikkin graphic looks like a terrorist, WELCOME AL great article

dargis49

I was thinking Rambo.

Anonymous

the reason being is because the BB is using AK-47 which is always portray as terrorist weapon of choice by Hollywood/ media, since it is a Russian/USSR made/designed.( back when we are still at Cold War)

dargis49

Rambo did use an AK and wears a red bandana/headband.
Still, a cool pic. Regardless.

Kevin Michaluk

Yeah, It's Definitely Rambo doing some Smartphone Hunting. This image was actually made especially for CrackBerry.com courtesy of our Good Friend Rene Ritchie who typically loves to pick on us BB Addicts! Tell him how much you love his work and maybe we can convince him to do up some other sweet pics for CrackBerry posts.
Rambo...the iPhone Killer

Al Sacco

I've got to say, I love the graphic and couldn't be more pleased that it's atop my post. In fact, I printed the image and it's hanging next to my desk right now.

I also hope to see more of Mr. Ritchie's work on CrackBerry.com.

Thanks, Rene!

AS

Rene Ritchie

A pleasure, sir, and an honor. Great article!

chillaxin

i am a tmobile bb pearl owner. i am so having fun with this thing. i utilize all there is to offer on my bb. and the 3rd party apps: love trying them out. if i don't like them, delete. i've had my bb pearl for about 3 months and i am still finding shortcuts here and there... more bb sites to download stuff... but esp love crackberry.com :)
OH... the issue is supposed to be about the iphone -vs- bb. hmmm, guess i should comment on that fact. well, i've never owned or tried an iphone. all i know is they cost too much freakin money for me. so i really have no opinion on the iphone. nothing good, bad, or otherwise. i do know that i do love my bb... as does my brother.. though he did ask me why not get an iphone since i was getting an upgrade to what i had. well, my answer was i didn't want to pay a $200 termination fee to go with at&t just to try a new phone. so, staying with tmobile was a no-brainer and now i am a proud owner of the bb pearl. thanks for reading...

msblueline

My points of view are as follows:

1. You are comparing Apples to Berries (had to say it).

2. They are a different world for each.
a. Blackberry is more of a business class device.
b. Apple is more of a model type class.

3. E-mail on the Apple "SUCKS" (I own one).
a. It will not open any file not related to Apple.
b. Blackberry files have to be converted as well.

4. Battery...battery...battery, Apples battery only good for approximately 75 full charges not just a plug it up and go charge but 75 complete charges before it starts to draw down. It then has to be sent off to be changed... WTF!

5. I own a Blackberry 8310 Curve, I love my Curve, find myself waking up at night just to check my mail (a reply from Crackberry.com...yay!) Have never woken up to check the mail on my iPhone.

6. Speaker on the Berry is awsome... on the iPhone it sucks.

7. only "1" style of ear plugs work in the iPhone. One would have thought that there would have been different models of ear plug devices, swap between other "Apple" devices..Nope!

8. I know it takes extra money, but I can create my own ringtone on the iPhone, iTunes made it possible. I'm sure that the Berry can do it, but would have to purchase the ringtone maker or something. Yes, I can download one, but have to download someone elses style of a ringtone.

9. Apples and Berries...Berries and Apples...make a good fruit salad...

10. Get what ever you want, it's your choice. Just remember, what you get you're stuck with. I however, own both. They are at my disposal for whenever I want it. if I want the Berry today, I'll take it. If I want the Apple, I'll take it. Normaly, I have both with me.

As a police officer (DUI Enforcement), Studies have shown that driving while texting, you're just as likely to kill someone as you are if you were drunk. While texting, you may as well be drunk, because you are not paying attention to the road anyway. Be very...VERY cautious when on the phone while drivng, even hands free. Your attenton is still distracted from your driving.

msblueline

Myself

Just a quite little note: you can make your own ringtones for a Blackberry. On my 8320, I can just select a full song and make it a ringtone with no modification or cutting of any sort. If you don't want the beginning of a song as the ringtone, just use any music or sound editing program (audacity, while tricky to use, is free and works well once you figure it out) and cut it to what you want, then put it back on your memory card and it can be used as a ringtone.

Al Sacco

You can also use the Media Manager that's part of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software to edit MP3 files and cut out certain song sections, etc., to create custom ringtones. It's actually quite simple, and no additional media editing software is required.

AS

Jeff in Texas

2. True for now, but that will change with the SDK and Activesync.

3. I disagree, but to each his own. I personally think mail on Blackberry devices sucks. Oh, and the iPhone mail app will open files "not related to Apple". I have opened PDFs, images, Word, and Excel files.

4. Completely false. From Apple.com: "A properly maintained iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 400 full charge and discharge cycles."

5. Don't know what that has to do with the Curve being better...

6. I'll agree that the Blackberry speaker is better, but I don't think the iPhone's sucks. I've heard worse. I still wouldn't rely on the Blackberry speaker to make calls. I see people around the office trying to do this and constantly repeating themselves and having trouble hearing the other person. Get a bluetooth headset.

7. I'm not sure where you get that only "one style of ear plugs work in the iPhone". It's true that the plug is recessed and may require an adapter, but outside of that, ANY earplugs or earphones will work.

8. I also enjoy making my own ringtones. Using Garage Band and iTunes is so easy.

9. MMM- fruit salad...

10. Good advice.

I also agree with your last paragraph. Most people can't drive well when they are doing nothing else. People have no business texting while driving.

To the original article writer, I have no problem using the iPhone one-handed. I do it all the time. However, I wouldn't list not being able to drive while texting as a downside. That is (as commented on above) very dangerous behavior.

martuca

According to BrightHand:

"Apple is very confident about the success of of the iPhone 3G, as it has reportedly ordered millions of units to be ready in June.

Of course, the company has plenty of justification for its confidence. The original iPhone has sold in record numbers, and there's every reason to believe the updated version will too.

To be ready for consumer demand, Apple is reportedly expecting Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to manufacture and ship 3 million iPhone 3G units in June.

The Commercial Times is also reporting that Apple believes it will eventually sell 24-25 million of these devices."

Enough Said ...

cap10mark

I, like a lot of people were really interested when the Iphone came out. I had a Voyager from Verizon Wireless, which was basically touch screen controlled and didn't impress me too much. I actually went and played with an Iphone, while the technology and interface is "cool", I will not trade my Blackberry in for one, even though they announced the $199 price for this summer.
Great article and those 10 points are right on target!

Anonymous

You shouldn't be driving and using a phone...

pjm

The BlackBerry devices are clearly superior to the iPhone for business users with one exception: integration with Mac OSX. I've basically given up on synchronizing my BlackBerry with my PowerBook because none of the available products work consistently. I have to fire up Outlook on my kids' game machine just to synchronize my address book and schedule.

If RIM could address this problem, and allow wireless synchronization while they're at it, I'd stop looking lustfully at the iPhone.

Anonymous

All,

Take it from someone who has one: If you have a temor, you won't like the iPhone's virtual keyboard. After two months of playing with it, I still can't thumb type and am still one finger typing. That plus the fact that my Moto BT headset is unreliable with it, has me looking at returning to either my Curve or a Treo.

Bill

Anonymous

Wow, RIM introduced the blackberry 9000, which mimics the iphone in appearance. But what isn't so obvious is that it's more than twice as thick as an iPhone!

blane64

I think Sandman15 was correct. The BB is a phone first, and I think that is why I like it so much. I mostly need a phone that is reliable and easy to use. The fact that the device can play music, and get online is nice, too. But I need phone functionality first...

Rene Ritchie

Reason 11:

Because the iPhone has mindshare. :)

(BTW, ithe graphic is a riff on the latest Rambo poster (http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ramboposterign.jpg), originally a play on the RIM-AK meme and the AK-47 refs that followed. Anyone who didn't recognize it as such, -10 geek cred.)

ff_emtd

I agree with every point in the article.

One thing more, aesthetics. It's the biggest reason I went from a Palm (I didn't like how the Treo looked and sat in my hand) to my BB -- and I'm glad I did:)

BUT, let's face it, they all have their good points and bad points; Palms, iPhones, and BBs.

AND, from all the related posts here on CB.com, I think we doth protest too much! Do I care if my iPhone friends think I'm behind the curve [sic]? Nope. I like my BB the best!

Finally, I don't like my BB as a phone. I've a phone that I really like and a BB (for stuff like that they're best for) that I really like.

That's my take on it.

Anonymous

i switched from nextel to at&t and got the iphone, 2 weeks later i returned it and got a bb 8310, couldnt be happier. just my 2cents

jego82

Nerds arguing about which phone is better !! hahaha

Colin 8130

Hey I've been a BB user for years and all it took to persuade me otherwise was my jailbroken iPhone. Its so amazing! I'm not sure what vowi-fi is all about but you can even voip with iPod touch and the iPhone. I hold the device in one hand and zoom in/out with my pointer and thumb. Apple will be dropping major apps soon. I wanna step on my blackberry.

Anonymous

If you want to step on your Blackberry then why are on this site?
If you need a reliable device with great battery life and proven email technology nothing beats the BB. If you want to listen to music and play with your pictures and make the occasional call then buy an iToy.
I really enjoyed it the other day when my brother in law showed me the cracked screen on his iToy after it fell three feet. It made my day...hehe

celph_titled

I realize somewhat why some of my iphone user friends alway asks me how good is my bb pearl. I always say i love it.

Bigmouse1963

The only thang i like about the iphone is the iphone theme.I love! my ! BB 8310.O ty for makeing the theme for my BB.I love it when you tell it like it is.The only ones that are mad is the the ones that have spent all that money on there iphones,and a iphone can't do all that a BB can do!.So keep up the good reports about the BB you did a good job and telling us like it is. the two phones.:)

Anonymous

I hate the iPhone so much I'm going to write an entire article on why I hate it. Dude, grow up. And stop driving while txtng and calling on your cell phone.

Get A Life!

iphone steve

Your reason #10: iPhone not designed for one-handed operation.

Really? I thought that myself and worried about it when I ditched my Treo for an iPhone. It's funny, but now I realize that I'm using my iPhone with one hand all the time. I didn't think it could be done but it can and quite easily, for me at least.

Yeah, many of these reasons are right on, but not reason #10.

Steve
http://www.iphonebysteve.com

adambakri

rock on! Black Berry's are king

sbaughmn

HAHAHA

Your reasons are so feeble I can't stand it!

• obviously no clue how to navigate web on iPhone
• prefers dinky screen and big keyboard
• apparently doesn't have an opposable thumb

The day I bought the iPhone was the day my DingleBerry saw it's last charge.

Sure there plusses and minuses to each, but for me, the iPhone experience is like a flying car compared to a steam-powered DingleBerry locomotive.

Anonymous

As many of you have, I've had and used both of the devices.
I just recently got a Windows Mobile device with retractable keyboard.

I found myself constantly looking for something missing on both devices (iPhone and Curve 8320). I would either want the tactile feel or touchscreen depending on what I use. It was an endless journey deciding on what I really want until I got my Windows Mobile phone. It has both and with a right application you get push email on your device too.

I use this little application (free) which syncs my device and my Outlook. Not only it syncs eamils but calendar, notes, basically everything that Outlook offers, you can sync with your device. Imagine adding an callendar appointment on your device, by the time you are done typing on your device, you have it on your computer. Or the other way around. It's that easy. No wires, no syncing, no messing around...

With all that said, my point is you like what you've grown to like and there is no point in mocking one device over another.
I was a long time Blackberry user for a few years and iPhone for a while then to what I am using right now.

Could I ever imagine carrying a Windows Mobile device when I was a hardcore Blackberry user? Not a chance...

Anonymous

I'm loving my pearl that is now 5 months old and it's a great device. A personal all rounder if i say so myself. One major disappointment of the my device is that it automatically deletes msges once the folders are full. I am personally a crack berry addict at heart and I can send to 50 text a day but sadly i have to delete my msges every 3 days. Pity since my last phone was a sony ericsson and even though it could store less msges at least it gave me a notifier telling me my inbox was full and it's time for me to clean up, not just delete my msges without warning. :(

Anonymous

there should be an option for alerts before deletion b/c my 8310 alrets me.

crackvegas78

Great, just great. I could not have said this any better myself, the iphone is always going to be second rate to bb

robin k

I agree!!! These are just the TOP 10 reasons, there are more for me. The IPhone is innovative, I give it that, but I love my blackberry to a point that I know I wouldn't like an Iphone as much FOR ME and my uses.

Adammmmm

Hey there... I'm not an Apple fanboy, but I've used both the iPhone and my blackbery pearl 8130. I love my bb, it's got many pluses, and 90% of the points you made are true but some of the points are arguable.

I agree with most of the points you made above. Apple really screwed up with certain things, but I have to argue with you on...

No GPS (#4): The iPhone does not have GPS and many of the newer blackberry's DO have internal GPS, BUT, they are pretty much useless. I have a pearl 8130 and for the first month, the GPS worked fine, but after that, the signal slowly deteriorated and now does not work AT ALL (it keeps trying to search for satellites). When I called my carrier, they couldn't give me an answer as to why this was happening, so I called RIM. They told me that the GPS has to be used outdoors, on a clear day (no cloud coverage), I can't be near mountains or tall buildings... so please, tell me how often that happens, when you live in the city????? (btw, it is not an isolated issue. I've read on my forums that many other people have this issue)

My point is, there is no point in adding a feature (like GPS) if you can't do it right, which is probably what apple thought too. Just because the blackberry has the internal GPS radio, doesn't mean it's not a piece of sh*t. If you want to compare a GPS-like function, you should compare internet triangulation, which they both have.

Price (#6): The iPhone may be $399 for an 8GB, but the blackberry pearl 8130 is $499 (without a contract) and it only has 64mb of space. You do the math. On top of that, the BB may have expandable memory, but as of now, you can only add up to a 12GB microSD card. An 8gb microSD card will cost you extra (in excess of $75). So now, to compare, the BB Pearl 8130 with 8GB of space is ~$574 and the iPhone is....... still $399. As far as I know, 16gb microSD cards are not even available yet. The largest microSD card I know of is 12gb and it IS compatible with BB's current firmware. So you cannot even compare the 16gb iPhone, but if you compare the 12gb, it will run you well over $150 for the card alone. So that would be well over $650. So I say again.... not comparable. Not to mention that the only thing you'll *probably* use 16GB of space is music/videos, and the iPhone destroys any blackberry in playing/displaying music, videos and photos.

At this point I may be starting to sound like an Apple fan boy, but I assure you I'm not, I'm simply pointing out many of the things you failed to mention about the iPhone and how obviously biased your points are.

Third Party Apps (#1): As I said in my first point, just because BB has the ability to natively install 3rd party apps, doesn't mean that they are any good. There are a SELECT (and I emphasize "select") few apps for BB that are good and I'll be the first to admit that a lot of the really good apps are amazingly free, but 75% of the applications for BB out there are just plain garbage! The interfaces look like they've been designed by 3yr olds and many of the free apps are very much useless. There are VERY FEW BB applications available today that are useful AND reasonably priced. The iPhone on the other hand has a VERY LARGE community of programmers creating a very large library of applications that are both useful, beautifully designed and best of all free. I know they are free mainly because you need to unlock your iphone which voids the warranty, but in the 10 months since the iPhone has been released there has been an exponentially larger amount of excellent and USEFUL applications released compared to the many, many, many years that blackberry has been out. Don't even get me started with games for the BB -- ugh.

Just to conclude, many of the points you made, like no physical keyboard, can't replace battery, specific carriers, etc are true, but the above should be added as well. You're top 10 was extremely and obviously biased, and therefore you did not show both sides of the argument. I just wanted to inform your readers of those points.
I think that was enough of a rant. I'd love to hear responses.

Adammmmm

I forgot to mention something about the internal 64mb on my BB Pearl 8130. This is a HUGE point:

YOU CAN ONLY STORE EMAIL MSGS AND APPLICATIONS ON THE TINY 64MB OF INTERNAL SPACE. Once you run out, the BB starts cannibalizing itself by automatically deleting emails. Even if you have a microSD card, all you can store on their is media, no data that is used by the BB. I find that ridiculous and a huge downfall of BB's. 64mb may have been more than enough 10 years ago, but not today.

Anonymous

Well, you might want to update your web page, because they do allow third party software on the iphone. and they are coming out with GPS tracking...

frog

right! You nailed it exactaly right. I'm in high school and i bought a Blackberry 8300, at the time, the new "hit" phone to get was the iPhone. In September of last year, i was wishing that I had bought the iPhone... I'm glad i didnt. I completly love my BB 8300. I cant live w/o it. Crackberry.com helps me love it even more! :)

Personally, the iPhone is WAY to popular. and too many people have them. The way i have my BB set up. not very many people have it...

-Lauren

ascsimon

I read that one of the reasons for an iPhone was for its 3G capability. While this is something over a BlackBerry, I also know that the surrounding towers need to have the 3G capability. In my case, the towers do not and when I ask about it, all I am told is that 3G will be coming ... earliest date will be 2010, and by then I am certain there will be improvements for both BlackBerry’s as well as iPhones. So if you are relying on the 3G aspect of the iPhone, ask to see if your towers are capable of the technology.

Danny Boy

Do you really think you should be able to get away with saying that it is OK to use your phone to text and take notes "one handed" while driving?

There's no difference between you and a drunk driver - and that's not my opinion. Reputable studies show it (like this: http://www.dui.com/dui-library/related/cell-phone-drivers).

If you were comparing the how much easier it was to drink wine from a screw-top bottle verses one with a real cork while driving, everybody would agree that you were a total ass. Rationalizing that one-handed use of your blackberry over the iphone's two-handed use somehow makes you a safety champ doesn't change the truth of your obvious lack of care for the safety for others, if not yourself.

I don't know where you live, Al, but please: don't come to my neighborhood. Don't run over my children.

You desperately need to think over your priorities. Maybe spending your time figuring out why one silly phone is better than another shouldn't be the first thing at the top of *your* list.

Danny Boy

One more thing:

I know you attempt to explain yourself:

"Finally, I never said it's a good idea to text and drive—in fact, I said it isn't--but I'm always using my BlackBerry in the car, and on occasion that means dialin' and drivin'.'

Al, that's not good enough. And the flippant use of the informal apostrophe ending shows that you really don't get it - you're trying to mitigate and make light of what is clearly *your* poor behavior. It really doesn't matter whether or not other people do or don't do what you do. The point is that you do it. It is proven to be deadly to yourself and others.

So stop. No excuses. No rationalizations. Just do the right thing and stop.

And by the way, there are those of us who actually don't text or even use our phones while driving, and don't care whether you "seriously doubt" us or not.

zenbot

Far out at number 10. Yes, the iPhone discourages criminally irresponsible behaviour, how terrible. One of my primary complaints of the iPhone is that it doesn't shoot bullets.

gopi

I'm trying to understand why so many people ask for MMS?

Every single MMS system I have seen lets you send to email, and lets others email you. They also always charge per message - instead of the flats rate data plan you get with an iPhone.

Can somebody explain to me why it is important for the iPhone to send pictures the more expensive way?

Regarding the SDK - how is it 'too little'? It looks like the most full featured SDK I have seen in almost all regards. Good 3D graphics, GUI app development, real time profiling, etc. It doesn't seem like too little.

The SDK is too late? The sales figures say it isn't too late. When did RIM ship an SDK? Within their first year?

re: email, I haven't pointed a blackberry at my 40 folder / 12k message IMAP mailbox. My iPhone handles it; my Series60 phone choked. I have been very happy with the email support.

Bucky Slingshot

What the hell are you doing using any type of phone while driving? NO phone is safe to use while driving - and it's even less safe if you are trying to type one-handed on it.

This is illegal most parts of the world, and even if it's not illegal where you are you should use more commonsense, and put safety ahead of an obsession with gadgets.

laura s

I retired my Treo last winter and tried a Blackberry worldphone for about 10 days. I hated it and returned it. I didn't want to go with AT&T but wanted a phone that was not stuck in the 1990s interface-wise. Frankly the Treo was better than the Blackberry. I got an iphone and haven't looked back.

And #10 is why I don't want to be anywhere near you on the highway.

Anonymous

Really, please. Don't be a 'tard and don't use your phone in the car. Turn it off.

Otherwise. Highly unbalanced and opinionated post with very few actual facts but hey, I guess the website's name should give me a clue.

Al Sacco

My point in the article (Reason #10: The iPhone is Not Designed for One-Handed Operation) is just what the title of that reason suggests: you need to use two hands to perform many functions via the iPhone's touch screen. My point is NOT that driving while on the phone is a great idea.

Those of you who are fixating on the fact that I talk on the phone occasionally while driving--and I do, I admit it--are missing that point. Whether you are strongly against dialing while driving or realize that it's a very common--albeit dangerous--activity, or both, that fact remains the same: you CANNOT perform many of the same function on an iPhone with a single hand as you can with a BlackBerry, whether you're behind the wheel of a car at the time or at your desk.

For example, while surfing the Web via iPhone using the Safari browser, you can zoom in on text by tapping the screen with a thumb, but there is no way to zoom back out with one hand. I use the Opera Mini browser on my BlackBerry and I can zoom in, zoom out and navigate anywhere I want on a given page with just one hand.

Please keep the comments coming, but enough about how I'm a "tard" for using my phone while driving. (On a related note, you may want to check out this recent study by the government of Alberta which suggests that having loud children in a car while driving, eating or even fiddling with the radio station dial is more dangerous than talking on the phone:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=167605)

AS

Jeff in Texas

I have no trouble using my iPhone one handed.

gopi

double tap to zoom in, double tap to zoom out.

I suggest you find a regular iPhone user to test your theories out on. I don't have any problems using my iPhone one handed. My wife seems to have no trouble with one handed iPhoning, but having a 3 year old improves your skills for operating anything with one hand.

Anonymous

If you were to crash into me whilst checking email on your Crackberry one-handed you can be damn sure 'tard is the mildest of my insults, and the point you made about it being easier to use whilst driving has been quite rightly questioned by people - you just shouldnt use it.

Besides, what on earth are you doing with your other hand that you absolutly have to use only one on a phone?

Try asking people who have ACTUALLY used the iPhone. Its VERY easy to use one handed.

I cant say the Crackberrys any easier as I dont have any intention of ever buying one.

Danny Boy

1) I agree, mostly, with your points about Blackberry's advantages.

2) You still seem to insist that it is OK to use the thing while driving. And your definition of how you use it seems to be a moving target.

3) You invite criticism and responses, except in this case, it seems, where you've decided enough is enough.

Fine. Enough is enough. I'm not engaging in name-calling. Please try to figure this one out. It is genuinely important.

Good luck to you.

kenwolf

While I concure with your 10 reasons, you are somewhat out of date, as there will be a new i phone in June. You wouldn't do a review on the Blackberry 8800, with the Bold around the corner. You need to do a review of the new i phone vs Bold, that would be more meaningful.

Danno Bonano

Come on man! If you are comparing the next version pieces let's look at the 3G iPhone and counter your points:

10) 2 handed use. I can use the iPhone with 1 hand. I get your gripe but very weak.
9) While Apple might come out with some cheaper smaller models, you are describing while Dell is faltering and why Apple is winning. Dell offers every option in a million different models - no one has any clue which one to purchase. I KNOW people who HIRE people to help them order a Dell. Apple keeps it simple and doesn't create product confusion. Besides, they are doing really well with just 1 version.
8) Removable Battery- I agree. It would be great for heavy users to swap the battery on the fly.
7) Possibly in the 3G version in June
6) Not expensive when you are getting a cell phone plus an iPod touch. Remember though that CrackBerries are subsidized by carriers. The iPhone might be too when it comes out as speculated by AT&T rumors.
5) It will with iPhone 2.0 software
4) 3G version in June
3) Coming out globally to a huge number of competitors
2) Having the physical keyboard take up half of my reading and viewing screen? No thanks. Physical keyboards are becoming useless. 2 weeks on the iPhone and I was as fast or faster than my BB.
1) Third party apps solved with the App store in June

On top of it all, I use 80% of the features on the iPhone compared to 20% on the BB. Mostly due to a terrible interface on the BB. I had to jump through hoops just to change a ring tone. Apple's is simple to use. On top of it, mail is 1000x better to read and use than on a BlackBerry. And browsing on a BB just is horrible. On the iPhone it is far superior.

I used to hate Macs but I just can't argue that they are better than PCs. Much like the iPhone is better than the BBs.

Jon E

I used to have a Blackberry Curve and recently switched to an iPhone (my wife still has a BB Curve). Maybe i am riding the fence, but i have to say that both are equals in my book. I think the BB is far better in terms of email and organization (the BB has a native password keeper which is huge, whereas the iPhone requires a web app--for now). And that is key; with the new update to the OS (2.0) which includes SDK and Exchange, many of the issues that the iPhone currently faces will be addressed. My biggest issue with the Blackberry is that my employer, like many in this economy, are doing everything to cut costs. So, they stopped support for Blackberry due to the costs and are utilizing Activesync, which will soon be available to iPhone users. Overall, i think the BB has great advantages in terms of email, organization, and customization, and the iPhone is great at multimedia, an excellent and easy interface, and a much better web browsing experience. I think either device will make you happy; my advice would be to wait for the 3G iPhone and the BB Bold and then make a decision!!!

vernonthego

I'm sooo glad someone finally said all the things we BB addicts know is true! I'm not a Mac fan and despite lots of friends who claim their iPhones are better, my best friend and I have BB's and WE LOVE THEM!

bojo

The new Iphone 3G is only 199.99 for 8GB and 299.99 for 16GB
and comes with GPS NOT bad!!!!!

Eric Maniloff

WELL PUT!! I agree with everything, couldn't have said it better myself!

Anonymous

This needs serious updating. Many of the points on this page have become obsolete after Steve job's presentation at WWDC 2008.

Anonymous

I guess you have to do another review now. I have a Pearl with VW and just got a 3G iPhone. I think the iPhone just kicked BB's but and I have wireless sync for $100 per year and not $$ per month like with my BB.

The iPhone has come on strong no doubt...

Anonymous

I was convinced i wanted an I phone but I read ur top 10 reasons why u wouldnt and i have decided i will keep my Blackberry. I have the 8310 Curve and i like it but i get a lot of e-mails that have video attachments and it is frustrating that i cant view them. I am by far not even close to utilizing all the potentials of my Blackberry mostly because i dont know what kinds of software do what and the lack of knowledge to bring it to life. I am still considering upgrading my phone to the Blackberry Bold in April of 2009. I am a AT&T user and I would value ur opinion.

tnewton3

I just got around to reading this and all valid points, obviously some up for argument but I do not like the iphone for alot of these reasons. Number 1 for me is no keyboard I hate the touch keyboard on the iphone. All the rest I really don't want to address, not enought time to write a book.

Vicky Gooda

i had an iphone for about a month and there is no bluetooth to send things to mates, no video record and is gennerally to large it always froze because they try to do to much to fast. i can't wait to get my blackberry pearl just need to save my money haha! totally agree with the blog i hate the iphone now. xxxx

vevans2

I had an Itouch and a verizon phone before I bought my new friend the Blackberry Storm. With that said the Ipod touch got sold and now I only need one device that does it all. I bought my storm near launch and it was a great purchase. A few leaks later and the storm is a monster multi media device. I definatly will be keeping this phone for a while and I am they type of guy to go through gadgets but there is just too much this thing can do.

johntkong

I have nothing negative to say. Every point made is a valid one. iPhone just isn't built to be a work horse. Regrettably, like many others, I wanted an iPhone. I came to my senses, thankfully, and opted to not become an Apple fanboy.

CrackBerry Nation Proud! (that's one app iPhone can't make)

speedroadrunner

And here is funny reason : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rMet2E_eJ4 just found this on youtube...

NizmoVII

ok first off i'm new to crackberry, when i first got t-mobile i bought the pearl 8100, the phone wasnt bad, camera sucked yes, no wifi suxed, custom themes were ok..so i decided 8100 was not for me so i traded mine for an iphone 2g, unlocked it for t-mobile and used that phone for a yr and a half, i dropped the phone in water and was quick enough to pull it out, it had a few errors afterwards but i delt with it, and i used one hand to type with while i drove but i rarely txted so i didnt mind, i had the 8GB one and it was enough memory, i loved the apps for it..no it didnt have GPS but i had a GPS stand alone, anywayz i decided the water damage was annoying me so i traded my iphone for blackberry 8520, and ive had the phone for a week or so now and i want the iphone back, yes the BB has wifi but i cant even get gmail without data plan..wtf is up with that sorry for my language and google maps doesnt work without data plan that sux i already pay for wifi why get another data plan??? with iphone 98% of all the apps worked over wifi no only 10% like BB so no offense but i give apple iphone A+++ while BB get a B-, and this post is missleading, but thats my 2 cents. oh and i forgot...it annoys me when the BB vibrates first then rings then vibrates..well u get the point..iphone did both at the same time..yes there is an app for the BB to over come that but i dont like running to many apps in background..but ok i'm done!

CodeAvenger

The introduction of the iPhone was a technology revolution.

Apple is a visionary company.

That device *really* raised the bar for all the other device manufacturers. I've owned iPhone 3G, various BB devices and a Droid. All are good at what they do best, but iPhone is more than a phone, it is also an iPod and is a portal to the Apple ecosystem. Think "iTunes" and you'll start to understand that.

sexxyperv

Early 2010 I got a blackberry storm unlocked for t-mobile. It was the second one i had bought off somebody from craigslist, the first one didn't last 15 minutes after the guy drove off. I threw it away. Bought another one, this one worked but because it was unlocked for t-mobile and not verizon the internet didn't work which I wasn't concerned about at the time. The phone worked perfectly for about a month before the screen stopped showing images, only the backlight. Tried everything to fix it but couldn't. Neither Verizon nor T-mobile were of any help so I dealt with it until it just stopped showing images all together. I got really pissed off at the phone one day and threw it at the wall in my bathroom. Not only did the screen crack and chip off on a bottom corner, it landed in the toilet. I felt sorry for it and fished it out. Surprisingly the screen never went off. I did lose touch sensitivity for an unknown amount of time because I turned it off and threw it in my closet. Fast forward a few months. I got a new phone and found the blackberry (without it's back or battery) in my closet. Remembered seeing the missing parts around the house and collected them. Turned the phone on and SURPRISE the damned thing worked wonderful.
i wasn't surprised when it started not showing the images again and decided to just use it as an mp3 player since I already had another phone. It always sat on my kitchen counter charging because the battery life sucks ass. Well my sister accidently spilled a whole cup of red kool-aid on it and i didn't know about it until hours later. By that time the touch sensitivity was shot again and it had luminescent spots under the screen from where it got wet. Got pissed off again and threw it in my drawer. 3 weeks later i find it AGAIN and turn it on. SURPRISE, it works wonders. Tested it for a few days and the screen never went black again. Got in contact with t-mobile and they helped me put internet on it for the first time. The sound that went out because of the toilet incedent had came back as well. (I was using headphones) The blackberry works amazingly now and I switched from my other phone to the storm. The spots in the background don't bother me because they look like stars and make my pictures look 3D. I chucked the crack and chip at the bottom to bad luck and now see it as adding character to the phone. Needless to say, I'm amazed by my blackberry that has been through hell and back!
p.s., I was an iphone user before I got the blackberry. I accidently dropped it one day and the touch sensitivity stopped working. It never came back no matter what I did. There are only 2 apple stores in the Columbus, Ohio location, both over a half hour away. Drove there anyway just to find them of no help AT ALL! they told me the only thing I could do was buy another iphone. I tried replacing the screen myself but have you ever seen the back of an iphone?! it's not possible!! I only needed a screwdriver and sharp knife to replace the screen on my bb, not a whole tech crew and a blessing from God. Never again, Apple. Never again...

DocBlood

Time will tell... Oh... It already did.

lillydew

In hindsight ; Oooouchh.... but hey, you got one thing right : The iPhone is NOT a Blackberry. Other than that... Great article (ha ha ha!!)

Just Me

Too funny, especially the part about the price and 3rd party apps.

Splange

Don't forget the "you have to switch your carrier for it" part.

The one handed use argument seems inaccurate even for the time, the first iphone was a good size for one handed use. But it's even more dated now that (a) blackberry's made a few touchscreen phones (storm, torch slider, full touch torch, upcoming bb10 phone) of the same size and (b) android phones like the gs3 and htc one x are getting even bigger while still allowing one handed use.