10 Reasons to Ditch Your Blackberry for the iPhone (Wait-a-Thon!)

Going along with our own Blackberry vs iPhone comparison and Crackberry's 10 Reasons Why the iPhone is NO Blackberry , we realized we should cover some basic reasons why people should ‘switch’ over to TiPb’s favorite toy. With Palm fading into obscurity and Windows Mobile feature strapped and overextended, RIM and Apple have become perhaps the two most relevant phone makers today. Which begs the question, which one should you pick?

I’ll offer you ten reasons why you should leave your Blackberry behind and choose to phone different*

*In this article, I am using the Curve as the measuring stick for all things ‘Blackberry’

Read on for the rest of the article!

10. Touchscreen/Non-Touchscreen

Call me crazy but I don’t miss the QWERTY keypad on the Curve at all. I’ve quickly grown accustomed to the iPhone’s soft keyboard and haven’t looked back. My trick? Type with conviction. And if you asked me if I would rather have the iPhone’s screen or the Blackberry’s keyboard, well I guess you already know which choice I would choose.

It may be just personal preference, but I always thought the Curve’s keyboard to be its weakest point. It was efficient, to be sure, but the keyboard’s quality didn’t match with the rest of the phone. Sure, I got the reassurance of a ‘click’ but it is much too plastic-y and hollow for my liking.

Because a main draw to smartphones (non-iPhone) is the physical keyboard, I think it’s a glaring oversight that RIM included such a sub-par keyboard. Bear with me here, Apple’s soft keyboard has received favorable reviews in its execution while the Curve’s keyboard just seems cheap. Though some folks might never pass that line of moving toward a soft keyboard, being pleasantly surprised with performance is better than missing your expectations in quality.

9. E-Mail

Before I get flamed to obscurity, know this, I acknowledge that the Blackberry is an e-mail beast. Push e-mail is always better than pull e-mail, no arguments about it.

It’s just that the iPhone’s Mail Client is not as pathetic as it is made to be. Even though it isn’t instantaneous, I prefer the interface of mail on the iPhone. Perhaps it’s the bigger screen real estate that allows more fluid and intuitive programming, but the Blackberry just seemed so basic after experiencing mail on the iPhone.

The standard e-mail client on the Blackberry leaves so much to be desired and the white TextEdit-esque background is not elegant whatsoever. Though I’m not a big fan of HTML e-mail, its still much prettier to see all the bells and whistles of HTML e-mail than it is to see the code.

8. Design

Everything about the Curve was thoughtfully approached, from the form factor that fits perfectly into your hand to the rubber grips that outline the edges. The lightness of the phone was also a pleasant surprise, the Curve just felt perfect in your hands. But with the Blackberry, the appeal lessens over time; it just became another device to carry, a design trapped by its phone functionality.

On the flip side, the iPhone’s design is award winning and very likely, the best looking gadget on the market. The one piece design redefines the way a phone is ‘supposed’ to look and by just holding it, you can feel its importance. The benefits of its design don’t stop there, it also is a great playground for developers to create on. Developers finally have the ‘blank slate’ they dreamed of.

7. Sync

My problem with Blackberry was always the lack of Mac support. Right out of the box, there is no solution. Mac Users would have to find third party programs such as PocketMac or the MissingSync to connect to their computer. I tried PocketMac, because it was free, and then I realized why it was free—it needs a lot of help. I hear MissingSync is the perfect bridge between crack and mac but I have personal issues against paying for something that should have been included in my purchase.

So without ever actually syncing the Blackberry to my Mac, I was left living two separate worlds. Though both companies have user communities that are strikingly similar, if the devices don’t sync with each other, Mac and RIM will always be worlds apart.

6. Media

The Curve was supposed to be RIM’s big step into the multimedia world. But without being able to sync to my Mac (and to iTunes), my Curve just languished in non-media purgatory. My 4GB microsd card? Useless. The Curve’s supposedly improved media capabilities? Never used.

The iPhone is as Steve Jobs often puts it, the best iPod in Apple’s iPod line. As Blackberry slowly improves their media capabilities, Apple is already firmly entrenched as the premier media device maker in the business.

5. Web

The premier mobile internet browser is Safari on the iPhone, in fact measuring Safari on the iPhone against Blackberry’s Browser just isn’t fair. It is safe to say that the Blackberry’s weakest point has been their web browser, they seemingly made a decision that for connectivity purposes, e-mail is priority number one and the browser falls somewhere in between the alarm and the calculator (which both need help, as well).

Many people continue to say that they can’t stand the iPhone’s soft keyboard. Well, I’m of belief that web browsing WITHOUT a touch screen is a worse experience. Scrolling the trackball to find a section of a site you want to look at (mind you, it isn’t readable until you zoom in) and then clicking in to zoom is a painstaking, roundabout process. With the iPhone, well we all know the beauty of multi-touch. Combine the fact that text on Safari is readable BEFORE the zoom, it makes the Internet on the iPhone as much of a given as e-mail on the Blackberry.

4. Consistency

What I don’t miss about Blackberry is the lack of consistency in the settings and options. Some programs could be downloaded OTA (over-the-air) while other applications needed to be imported from your computer. Settings seemed to be here, there, and who knows where. It was too much work trying to get things right. In fact, it reminded me of my PC days of yore. It became a chore to find updates and programs on the Curve and a hassle to tweak the settings or even find the settings. The out-the-box experience of the Blackberry is horrid.

With the iPhone, once you clear an amazingly easy activation process. You’re set to go. The settings are clear and easily accessible, the user interface is intuitive, and it works perfectly out of the box.

3. Innovation

I feel that in most aspects, the Blackberry is always a step behind from the competition. Aside from e-mail of course, which they hit the pop culture jackpot with, there are certain features important to me that they’ll always be chasing Apple and other phone makers. That’s how my mindset was when I was using the Blackberry—the programs and applications I used, other phones had better.

A big difference between Apple and RIM is that RIM is rooted in being a phone maker whereas Apple comes from the world of computers. The best phone is probably neither of them, hell it could probably be a Nokia somewhere, but being the best phone doesn’t concern Apple. Apple is reaching for goals that RIM doesn’t seem capable of understanding. Because RIM is trapped in delivering a phone first, they aren’t thinking in a wavelength where innovation in mobility can occur.

Can you imagine RIM (as Bold as they claim to be) pushing voicemail into something users don’t hate? How about utilizing a slick technology like CoverFlow? Multi-touch? The form-factor of Blackberries will change but I’m afraid the OS might become as archaic as Palm. Compounded with the fact that Apple makes the finest ‘real’ OS (UI-wise) in the land, wouldn’t you think they’ll implement as much of it as they can in the iPhone?

2. OS

I just always felt that the Blackberry trapped everything into that little device whereas the iPhone opened it up. Strange I know, considering there aren’t any 3rd party apps for the iPhone. With the Blackberry, I needed to dig to make it work. Using little menu screens with a slow trackball makes little sense compared to flick, tap, touch. With the iPhone you don’t have to learn a new OS, everything that’s in there is at your fingertips.

Maybe RIM’s reliance on third party apps isn’t a good thing for Blackberry. To use the Curve on a Mac you would need MissingSync, BB Smart HTML E-mail Viewer, Opera Mini, a better music player, a better alarm, etc. For me, all those things are must purchases/downloads if you were to commit to a Blackberry. Well with the iPhone, Apple provides better options than those third party apps, standard. (Now, if only I can just buy push e-mail)

Too many things on the Blackberry were ‘on the verge’ of being fixed and I was told to ‘just wait for the next OS’ too many times. I’m glad that Apple shook up the phone market because it makes companies like RIM react, competition creates two roads: innovation or extinction.

1. The Present Future

Honestly, the customizable nature of the Blackberry confused me. I want things clear-cut, show me what I can have and I’ll pick and choose from there. With the Blackberry I had to constantly double check with other users to see if I was using it correctly and if the programs I chose were the best out there.

I’ve realized that in order to take advantage of everything the Blackberry has to offer, you have to be an active user. Meaning you have to constantly peruse the forums and blog sites to know what’s going on in the Blackberry world. Blackberry does a good job of OS updates but keeping all the users in the know is difficult because they don’t have an outlet like iTunes.

With the advantage of iTunes, Apple has the comfort of knowing anyone who uses an iPhone will know when the next update comes and what it will do. Also the syncing capabilities are clear cut, I am certain that my photos, music and calendars are on the iPhone because iTunes has it checked. In the future, the App Store should also help users remain “in the know” about their devices because a simple click from your iPhone could deliver all the new goodies you need (but of course, you shouldn’t live without TiPb!). The simplicity of the whole process makes it hard for me to ever imagine using a non-iPhone.

I have infinitely more faith in the Apple phone revolution than being in RIM’s boat as it happens. Because I know Apple, I know Mac. I know the simplicity of the user experience and I trust them enough to deliver it to my handheld. From my experience with Blackberry, the entrenched veteran is just as far away as the promising rookie, Apple, from delivering the perfect device. So what does that say?

Final Thoughts

I remember my first thought of the Blackberry was “Is this it?”. Looking at the Curve, I realized that the Blackberry was not as powerful a device as I originally imagined. Productivity-wise, it was fine. But the lack of syncing to Mac, the buried settings, the old-looking OS, etc.—it left me wondering where the heck was the ‘crack’?

But the Apple way of doing things isn’t for everybody. Power users would prefer a gadget tailor made to their likings and usage, and that is fair. I just found the active part of being a Blackberry user too tiresome. I wanted a gadget that just did it for me. And the iPhone was that gadget.

Apple and RIM are each other’s antithesis. RIM locks themselves in being great with what is easy (keyboard, push e-mail) and inches toward improving the more difficult (media, web). Apple, on the other hand, does the opposite: innovates the ‘impossible’ but lacks the commonplace features.

There are some things that the Blackberry does really well that the iPhone needs to learn from. But for the most part, it seems like Blackberry doesn’t have innovation in the areas that have room to innovate. Push e-mail won’t get any better that it already is. But the iPhone can get better, and will.

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Rene Ritchie says:

Awesome article. When the iPhone came out, I tossed my Treo into the St-Lawrence the moment I could get my hands on it.
For me, the iPhone has attained such high mind-share, there doesn't even have to be reasons or even mentions of supposedly competing devices -- they're all too busy trying to make iClones themselves...
;)

Darrin says:

For the I love/hate the iPhone. I wish I could make the iPhone mine. Why cant I have the apps I need like louder and different message tones and rings. Espically louder. Everyone keeps forgetting this is a media phone and as such you shoudl be able to hear the media. As for BB, well it has issues all it own.

WatersWest says:

Interesting article. Although I plan on switching from WinMob to Apple when the 2nd gen iPhone comes out and am therefore an Apple fan, I think this article is a little slanted. In the enterprise, there are business users that need to have their particular corporate e-mail account, whomever the provider might be, pushed directly to their phone. Currently Apple cannot do that (& even with Exchange ActiveSync coming, many users will still be SOL) and for that reason, Blackberry hits a particular niche with the business user that Apple does not, and it will take awhile for Apple to catch up. Therefore, I don't think they target the same customers and direct comparisons between Apple & RIM is like (pardon the expression) comparing Apples to Oranges.

Bad Ash says:

It is a good article. I would like to see it again once the Bold comes out. Really curious as to how the final working browser will look on the retail version of the Bold. That will be a big deal to me.

Tom says:

Good, well written article. You make very valid points, and for that reason the comments section is about to be reduced to nothing more than a war of the fanboy, but it was a good article nonetheless. This coming from a BlackBerry user mind you... (though I am 99% sure I am going to jump ship come the release of the 2nd gen iPhone)

Dyvim says:

Where's Surur? Or won't he jump in unless you're doing a comparison to WinMob?
Interesting article; slanted of course, but I would expect nothing less from TiPB. (And I'm biased towards the iPhone myself- otherwise I wouldn't be reading this site daily.) I've actually been having pretty good luck recently using Yahoo for push email. I'm not a Yahoo mail person, but I set up an account strictly to get push on my iPhone and have my other email accounts forward to it. It occasionally stops pushing, but is more reliable now than with earlier firmware versions.
RIM's a bit of a one-trick pony with their push email. They still do it the better than anyone else, but it's still only one trick. And as soon as others learn that to do that trick almost as well (iPhone v2 firmware I hope), RIM might be in trouble as iPhone can do a few other tricks too.

Luke says:

You mean like comparing apples to blackberries... not oranges.
We have two blackberries and an LG in my small business. We will be getting 3 new iphones in June and paying the early termination fee to Alltel.
Everyday that goes by I hate my blackberry pearl more and more...especially the keyboard.

Sad... says:

Sad to see how many sheeps are here. Just lookout for that wolf that looks like a fat bitten apple. Its waiting to sucker you in and leave you homeless...

Shawn J. Roberts says:

The lack of physical keypad is very difficult for to overcome along with the Curve keypad which is the finest made.
Shawn

Tom says:

@Sad
If someone likes and follows the progress of the iPhone, it apparently makes them sheep; what does that make the people that blindly hate it and instead like and follow RIM and the BlackBerry?
Hypocrisy is a two way street friend.

Tom says:

@Shawn
I prefer the hardware keyboard of the Curve as well, but I would hardly call it "the finest made." I can think of 5-6 devices without hesitation that trump the Curve keyboard... The V, the enV, the Voyager, the enV 2, the entire BlackBerry 8700 series, some of the Sidekicks...

Anthony says:

You know..I really do believe that there are going to be a majority of BB users that will switch to iPhone 2.0 for the 3G and the fact that it'll be fully integrated with MS Exchange, just like a WM device.
I don't know that having a physical keyboard is going to save RIM this time...this coming from a BB user of 3 years..
Look at all of the new features for the next iPhone:
3G
MS Exchange ActiveSync
3rd Party Apps - including some amazing games
MMS - finally
Chat - Thank god
etc, etc, etc...you guys can add on if you want..
Plus, using iTunes as a distribution method for software updates and apps is second to none...
Please respond back!

Trevor says:

Concerns about the iPhone's keyboard are exaggerated. Once you overcome the mental block of not having physical keys, you will soon realize how little added value a chiclet style hardware keyboard provides. I write tons of email and notes on the iPhone, quicker and more accurately than on my old Blackberry. My son and I had a face-off the other day, him on his Curve and me on the iPhone; there was very little to choose between us, sometimes he was faster, sometimes it was me. Personally, I think the iPhone's keyboard is one of the device's best festures.

sh0N says:

I find this totally funny, basically the main complaint is, "a blackberry is to hard to use" Yes the keyboard is tackey, and yes the web browser blows, but atleast i can multi task and not be trapped into apps that only apple approves. Granted, I want an iphone for change, not because my curve is lesser of a device. If apple can actaully release a device that can handle simple things, i.e multi tasking, ability to download through the web, instant messanger and GPS, I shall jump on the bandwagon, otherwise RIM will once again get my money for a Bold. This article is just way to "fan boyish"

Anthony says:

@sh0N
I really don't think this article is "fan boyish", granted it's posted on an iPhone blog website, but being a long time BlackBerry user, I think this article makes some valid points.
I wonder how many corporate fan boys are going to pick up iPhones in June...

xpheene says:

Awesome article. I shall ditch my blackberry for iphone.

Trevor says:

The iPhone downloads emails in the background, allows you to surf the web or take notes while making a phone call, or listen to music while you are using other applications. Plenty of multi-tasking going on there, I think. And once the app store starts filling up with all sorts of great applications, I wonder how "trapped' iPhone users will feel?

Tom says:

@shON
You are on an iPhone fansite/blog first of all.
Second of all, nobody truly knows the fate of multitasking on the iPhone. Rumors have spread all over that Apple is going to allow to a certain degree for certain apps, like IM programs.
Last of all, nobody knows what features the 2nd gen iPhone will bring, and GPS may very well be one of them. However, we do know a lot of features that firmware 2.0 will bring, and saving images from the web/email is one of them. What other downloading do you need? All apps will be gotten either OTA through the built in App store, or via your desktop iTunes. If you get it from the OTA iTunes store, that is no different than navigating to a random website and downloading a program.
That is the thing most people miss in these comparisons, the future. The open minded among us look at the iPhone as Apple's FIRST phone and one that is still LESS than a year old, but already rivals the kings of the industry. We see the future that can come to it and are excited for it, and actually welcome it. The close minded, on the other hand, refuse to acknowledge the future and concentrate on the right now. Honestly speaking, RIM has been making phones for about 10 years now, I would certainly hope they have a slight leg up in features over a first time phone maker...
At least, in its defense, Apple is QUICKLY making changes to improve their device. How many years upon years did it take us to get RIM to listen about certain things? How many of those things we have been asking about for years still go ignored? Threaded SMS, HTML email, more memory, better multimedia, etc. The Bold is the first device since these requests started being made to actually acknowledge some of the bigger ones like memory, browser and multimedia.

Anthony says:

@Trevor
Great points, well said.
RE: Keyboards
I've used the iPhone keyboard, and it does take a little whiel to get used to if you're coming from a physical one, but once the device learns your typing style and you determine where your thumnbs are most effective when typing...it's a breeze.
I'll be taking the plunge on June 9th, or June 27th...whenever they decide to release this thing...

Anthony says:

@Tom
You're last paragraph regarding RIM's slowly but surely approach to new/more effective technolongy is great. I agree with you 100%.
I'm on a BES...HTML email service pack 4 - NO. HTML email on service pack 5 - NO. Now they're talking about SP6...crazy.
Apple is VERY quick to update software/devices, this includes their entire computer line + iPod division.

sh0N says:

@ Tom
I am currently speaking of the current iphone. Hence my patient waiting for apples response to RIM's "bold"
I can for example, listen to music, while using my GPS steering with my knee and responding back to an email, all while recieving new IM's via jive talk on my 8310. When an Iphone can match that, i shall become a fan boy. Please dont get me wrong, an iphone is the sexiest, most innovative device I have ever seen, but it does me no good when there is no functionality to it. I cross my fingers the Apple releases a better device. I would be a happy man.

Anthony says:

@sh0N
How the f**k are you not dead yet?

Tom says:

@Anthony
That is actually a good question... shON, maybe you shouldn't be doing all those things while driving in the first place bud...

Jennifer says:

Excellent article! I use an iPhone, a Treo, and a Centro. The iPhone's screen and browser wins hands down. I also tried out a BB Curve. I was impressed with the Curve and did like the keyboard. At the time, I liked the Curve's keyboard better than the iPhone's but I've gotten much better at typing on the iPhone now. I still thought the Curve's keyboard was very nice and was impressed with the tactile repsonse.
I enjoyed reading the article very much and found all your comparisons interesting. Now I'm off to read the 10 reasons... over at CrackBerry. Should be interesting indeed! I already saw Dieter's BB Bold vs iPhone and loved that. The iPhone Blog is looking great! Keep up the great work! ;-)

Stonewall#AC says:

All of these comparison's need to be taken with a grain of salt. The Article is comparing a 1st generation version 1 device, iPhone, to a company that has had years to adapt and improve upon their device - RIM. What is amazing is how the "Bar" has been raised by Apple. Suddenly, as if Apple handed out a magic drink, the technology to make touchscreen devices are appearing faster than Harry Potter movies. Keep in mind also that Apple and RIM are 2 different corporate cultures that attract different demographic consumers. But I think that difference in consumer/business demographics are changing as the world becomes flat (read the "World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman) due to the rapid changes in technology. As we all sit back and wait for June 9th and Steve-O's Keynote address, We are all seeing mobile media/technology evolving towards an iPhonish style. Call the iClones what you will. Until that bar is raised again, we can all sit back in listen to Steve-O on the 9th and relish in the next gen iPhone, BlackBerry, WinMo.....
Great review Casey, thanks for keeping us in the know the best you can.
My 1st smartphone will be a 2nd Gen iPhone.

sh0N says:

Yes, I know. But its the point. I do worry about no tactical feedback on the iphone, it shall make driving, hell even walking and texting rather difficult. Maybe thats a positive. In my defense I have a few co workers who have laptop docks in their vehicles and use their phone and laptop while driving, all while eating lunch. Anyways, i do hope apple pulls a rabbit out of its hat, I am so bored with the bb. Watching the videos of the bold make me think, "thats it?" Its so similar to what the curve/pearl/88xx's already are.

David says:

I have a Mac and use Entourage with MS Exchange to get push email on my BB 8830 on VZW. My contacts, email and calendar all sync wirelessly. I love this. I also like being on VZW. It works on the DC Metro. I also don't think the ATT network is as good. I love reading the NY Times on my BlackBerry. Sure it's not the real internet but the NYTimes has a BB edition that is mainly text and is easy to read. The Verizon network is a lot faster than EDGE. I don't listen to music much. So that's why I have BB.

Bill says:

I like everything about my iPhone EXCEPT the keyboard. My situation is somewhat unique, however. I have had a tremor in my hands ever since I was hit by a car, when I was ten. I landed on my head on a streetcar track in Baltimore. I can single finger type reasonably well with the virtual keyboard on the iPhone but speed and accuracy thumb typing have eluded me. I have a Curve and liked it but needed the web and on Blackberry the web is a non-starter. I could, however thumb type with reasonable speed on the curve and on my Treos (600, 650, AND 680). I'm going to try the Treo 750 and see how that works for me. Opera for Windows Mobile is supposed to be very good. If so, I'll probably spring from a TyTN II to get a bigger screen. I've given the iPhone a fair trial but with my limitations, it just doesn't work for me.

tritan says:

I had a ipod touch for testing sakes to see if my next phone would be an iphone. after using the wifi and sending and receiving mail on the Itouch I came to realize this is not a device for the outdoor trades.Full of grass, dirt and finger oil all the time it was painful. I felt like I had to guard the phone all the time from drops and bumps and the keyboard was extremely slow for me. the word guess was wrong alot and backing up to correct words became the new normal. I will always have devices with hard keys. I need productivity and a replaceable battery. Calendar, contacts,email . That is all and the curve fits that bill.

asd says:

hahahaha, what the morons. fanboys all over the world.

Kyle Chowning says:

I'm just curious why you think the Palm is slipping away. Compare a Treo to a Blackberry, and the Treo is my personal preference all day long. In fact, most of my friends/family have Palm based products.
Just curious, why?

Tom says:

Palm is dying, there is no question about it. They haven't updated their OS in years and years, their products are regularly critiqued for it, and people are just getting tired of the antiquated technology. Palm was the #1 smartphone only a few years ago, as of February 2008, it only retained 9% market share in the US, putting it in last place with Microsoft in 3rd (21%), Apple in 2nd (28%) and finally, RIM in 1st (41%). Even on the worldwide scale it is in last place with Nokia taking 1st at 52%, Rim in second with 11%, and Apple in 3rd with 6%. The actual worldwide numbers for MS and Palm weren't given, sorry.
There may be a few old school diehards holding onto it, but it is still dying, and without a serious rejuvenation effort, it is about over. Yeah, they may keep making devices, but going the way they are now, they will never be what they once were.

burnsaa says:

I'm glad you brought up the fact that apple does some things great but other things like the simple things they just left out. I own an iPhone and am stumped as to why apple hasn't added things like MMS, better predictive text, and copy paste in there plethora of updates. I think if apple wants to compete with BB they are going to have to make some adjustments to their keyboard to not totally piss of their customers used to physical keyboards such as landscape mode for email!!! Also as for the iPhone guessing what word I'm typing I've found that it really only works once you put in every letter except the last one so really how much time does that save. I'm not really sure what BB predictive text was like but I know MS was a crapload better than the iPhones. For me the iPhones keyboard is its weakest link and yes I have used it for some time now since last July. But apple can make it better and I hope they do.

Ryan says:

While it's a fair criticism that the BB does require an (sometimes far too) active user to really get the most out of it, shouldn't the diversity and quality of the third party apps available for the BB still factor into its pluses column? For sure, having iTunes as a distributing point for new updates is ingenious and about as efficient as you can get given the fact that the iPhone and iTunes go hand-in-hand (and RIM should definitely look into a similar distribution strategy), but the fact that it's more difficult to obtain and learn about third party BB programs/apps shouldn't take away from their numerous qualities.
Of course, I'd love it if RIM didn't package sub-par apps with their out-of-the-box phones, but the fan/developer community of the BB is still very much a part of the BB experience. Thus, the apps they create should be factored in as well, no? Most of my favorite BB apps are third party apps, and some of them even institute some of the innovative Apple features you mentioned as exclusive to the iPhone (I'm thinking of CoverFlow, specifically). Now granted, this does render the BB as a member, willingly or not, of the iClone population; but given that Apple has made what is arguably the most popular, if not best, portable music player on the market, imitating some of its features isn't necessarily a step in the wrong direction, right? At the very least, it shows a willingness by the the BB community to take what's good about the iPhone and package it with the qualities of the BB. And it'll hopefully stir RIM into coming up with something just as good, or even better, in future updates/releases (I'm banking on the Bold boat).
To be honest, I haven't had nearly enough hands-on experience with the iPhone to say for certain whether or not my BB is a better device, but just as part of the iPhones charm is its promise for the future, the BB's fan/developer community give RIM a similar hope for future possibilities (And sure, RIM's thereby outsourcing innovation, but isn't that a bit ingenious in itself? Don't be limited by your ego I say--let the innovation come from wherever it will). And at least with what I've seen of the Bold, they're up to Apple's challenge of raising the bar with mobile technology. I guess we'll see this summer how the next gen of smartphones will battle it out.

Trevor says:

If you are still thinking of the iPhone's keyboard as having "predictive" text, you are misunderstanding how the keyboard works. Sorry to be so blunt, but that's the way it is. The keyboard doesn't "predict" like on Win Mob devices, it "auto-corrects", so if I type utter garbage like "ipgobr" or "ezoectes", the software will correct this to "iPhone" and "expected". Try it.
The way to type correctly on the iPhone is just to keep typing without trying to second guess what the software is going to do; don't wait for the right suggestion to pop up, or try to correct a word mid way through. Remember: you do not have to be accurate! The keyboard is designed to cope with people's big meaty fingers, and with people hitting the wrong keys (as in the examples I showed above).
It sounds strange, but it's best to ignore what appears on the screen as you type. Trust the software and it will do it's job brilliantly. But if you're expecting it to work in the same way as Win Mob, it's no wonder you are frustrated.
I find typing on the iPhone a breeze; In fact I type faster and more accurately with just my index finger than I could with two thumbs on my Blackberry and Treo. And if I can do it, anyone can.

jayjay says:

BlackBerry is a communication device first. The 'crack' is simple, quick communication. Period.
iPhone is a media device first. The draw is nice looking, rich media experience. Period.
The lines are converging. Truth is that Apple has media experiences (including UI) done pretty damn well, and RIM has communication experiences (including instant email) done pretty damn well.
Many have tried to knock Apple off the media throne and have failed miserably. There have also been so many "BlackBerry killers" that it should be dead ten times over, yet it's not only number one, it's growing even faster now that iPhone is out there.
Apple does view iPhone as the evolution of the computer, and RIM views the BlackBerry as the evolution of communication.

TroyRific says:

Never had a BlackBerry and thanks to the iPhone doubt I'll ever desire one.

nyc_rock says:

I had a the new Sprint curve for about three days before I ditched it. First of all, Winmo is so much better at email, so long as you have an exchange server. Having to go through the BB servers is an uneccessary step that I just didnt get. Not to mention that trying to get music on the curve was such a pain I finally just said forget it. The browser on the curve was a joke as well. I went back to my touch but will definatly be getting the 3g iphone when it arrives.

Victor says:

For me, the number one underlying reason to ditch that blackberry is the touch screen function of the iPhone.

Braden says:

I had one of the first gen iPhone's that was released, so that might be where some of the issues came from. Great device for surfing, music and the text interface was pretty cool. My issue was that first was the way it constantly overheated and the only way to solve that was to power the phone off for an extended period of time. The non-removeable battery also is hard to get over. The main sticking point was the Apple does not allow my company discount toward the phone, while the rest of AT&T does.

Y'all R Sheep says:

Like somebody said earlier, it sounds like iphone users are kinda sheepish. The comment "Tell me what I can do with my phone" shows that.(Bahhhh....) Blackberry users are more about, "Give me a phone and let me customize it to fit what I want it to do." In general, that means your average Blackberry user is gonna be more tech-savvy. Actually, having a Blackberry will MAKE you more tech-savvy. I don't know about everyone else but if I can learn some things from using my cellphone I think that adds a lot to its value. Also, I had AT&T before and the coverage sucks where I live. To me, that makes the iphone useless except as an ipod.

fmieske says:

I have tried the iphone and found the lack of a few simple features makes me want to stick with blackberry.
Built in task app that will also sync.
notes that will sync.
copy and paste.
and a true gps..
Now with that said I am waiting for the 2nd gen iphone features to become official. and see what deals at&t will do, if any.
Browser on the Blackberry is driving me mad after browsing on the iphone..

Tomer says:

I think, that this article is 99% right because still, the blackberry has some huge advantejes but I think the best thing about the iphone is the touchscreen.

Adam J says:

I really really like my Curve but I really want an iPhone.

teejayhanton says:

Once the enterprise features are enabled, I'm going to push to get some of the new iPhones on our corporate network. I wouldn't mind being the first guinea pig, actually. :-)

Kie Ha Choo says:

Hmmm... the reviewer sounds shady. I think he smoked pot in high school. You should fire him... he sounds like he was a slacker and doesn't deserve to write about stuff like this. Very interesting.

Renata says:

I think that this is a horrible review.
It's all just a matter of opinion without valid reason to back it up.
For example:
I was given an iPhone so I decided to try it out for a couple days. I spent two hours toying with it and then gave it back. I have nails, and the iPhone didn't think about all the girls out there that wouldn't be able to use their keyboard. It's IMPOSSIBLE to use so I happily went back to my Blackberry Pearl.
All your reasons have to do with the fact that you're a Mac user. I'm a PC user and I've NEVER had the same problems you talked about, so technically, the reasons that you have now just talked about are non-existent to me.
Blackberries have so many more capabilities than iPhones without having to crack them.

Dante says:

I am ready to leave my Blackberry. I have had a blackberry for a year and am vary disappointed in it. After seeing the iphone I realized that Blackberry was not moving forward.
Here are my issues:
1) I have Blackberry 8830 World Edition. The vary first thing that went wrong with this phone was that you could not here it ring if you went to another room. I had some many missed calls that were important! I went to alot blackberry websites to find out how to fix this and no one had a straight answer but I also noticed that the majority of these users where having the same problems?! I went to the official Blackbery website and got the runaround.
2) I know the main thing about the blackberry is the email. I really do not like looking at code when I get an email. I do not want to buy software to look at an email the right way. The other thing about email is the I receive the same email multiple times? It gets really annoying.
3) The web browser. I think everybody can see whats wrong without me saying anything.
The last thing that convinced me to switch to the iphone is Verizon. The blackberry I have can view multimedia files but because my phone does not have a camera they disabled all the functions??? Why??? I have to got to a website: vzwpix.com or something like that to view attachments?!
I am going to pay the $175.00 to cancel my phone with Verizon and switch to at&t and to the iphone. I have used Verizon for 8 years.

Mike Rand says:

Thanks to all of you who contributed to this comparison.
One major complaint with ALL of the online threads comparing phones: it may seem radical to you 'techies', but some of us actually want to make person-to-person TELEPHONE CALLS on these devices!!!
Yes, actual live conversations...
Texting, photos, MP3, browsing, email etc. are luxuries -we actually make a living TALKING TO OTHER HUMAN BEINGS -frequently, two at a time on a three-way call.
I urgently need to know how these IPhones and the Curve handle common telephony: 3-way phone calls, call waiting, cool fax systems, switching between callers etc.?

Neil says:

What you fail to mention is poor signal quality, dropped or never ringing calls, and battery life issues on the iphone 3G...
When you can only get 4-5 hours of life when using Exchange Push e-mail how do you use that as a corporate user? Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/10426319/2/iphone-battery-falls-down-on-t...
Other fine reviews:
JR @ Jul 17th 2008 2:35PM
I live in the middle of Tempe, AZ and according to the AT&T coverage map I should have the best possible signal. When i sit in my room right next to a big sliding glass door my bars go from 0-1 to full .. back to 0 .. One call turned in to three when it dropped my calls twice last night. I know from talking to people I have missed at least 15 calls in a 4 day period where it goes straight to my voicemail. Most of the time I usually have 3G turned off so I am using Edge to save battery. Also I was sitting at my desk at work where I have great coverage and called my iphone 5 times .. it finally rang on the 5th call. I am really really disappointed in this purchase and wishing I stayed with Verizon. This is pathetic. I just dont understand how coverage can change so much when you sit in the exact same spot.
Rob @ Jul 17th 2008 4:25PM
Function number one of the iPhone is "to be a phone." If it can't do that with flying colors, then all you have is a flashy iPod. People need to stop making excuses for Apple's and AT&T's half-baked product and services. I have absolutely nothing against any of the companies or products mentioned. But, it really bothers me when people behave like blind sheep instead of smart consumers. But, unfortunately, we live in a "me too" society and everyone feels like they must buy a phone that is no better than any other smart phone out there. Oh well. It's not my money anyway.
Enjoy your new expensive toy, you will pay for it for years on AT&T...

Brian says:

:-)
IMO, jayjay (post#36) hit the nail on the head. The iPhone is first and foremost a media player, while the Blackberry is first and foremost a communications device. That statement is the crux of the whole argument. RIM targets corporate customer needs, while Apple targets consumer entertainment needs.
I have supported BES and Blackberry devices since 1999. This was before converged devices, so you had to carry a Blackberry along with a cell phone if you wanted mail and voice. The focus was/is/always will be secure and reliable delivery of corporate/business information. That used to be just email. Now it has grown, along with the market, into IM, SMS/MMS, and voice services. RIM also focuses uniformity which results in reduced TCO (delivery platforms, support costs, etc). Apple OTOH will follow the market direction when it comes to consumer entertainment preferences. Things like multimedia and web browsing. The iPhone ROCKS in these categories.
Look at it this way. RIM pioneered mobile messaging communication via the Blackberry. They found that their customers did not want to carry two devices (phone and email), so they converged the phone and data. Apple revolutionized the portable music player with the iPod. They found that their customers did not want to carry two devices (phone and music player), so they converged the phone and the iPod.
At my company, we have decided not to support iPhone 2.0 devices. Several factors drove us to this decision, but the primary reason is intended device usage. The iPhone is for those who primarily need portable media functionality (iPod) but don't want to carry a second device for communication services (voice and data), while the Blackberry is for those who primarily need business services (email, voice, data, corporate applications).
Basically, the iPhone becomes another fair-to-midland cell phone if you take the music and video functionality out. But with the media services removed, Apple's target audience is eliminated as well. The same can be said of the Blackberry if the messaging functionality is removed. But then RIM's target market is gone too. Which brings me back to my initial point: the iPhone is for media lovers while the Blackberry is for corporate customers. Any comparison of the two devices is apples and oranges until one of these companies changes their focus to the other's.

Carlos says:

Alright honestly... I wanna switch my Curve for an iPhone. But this article is a little too Apple iPhone love... I wouldn't mind getting used to the iPhones touch keyboard which is actually pretty easy (when looking of course) but the Curves keyboard is way better. You just can't beat a physical keyboard no matter how good the touch keyboard is...
Another one is the email.. Blackberries email is so easy to use and its quick. I don't know much about the iPhones email but if its anything like my brothers iTouch (my brohters) then its not that good.
everything else on the iPhone i personally like better because im a college student, but for business the blackberry is the top gun.
the sync for the music on the blackberry is terrible, they should make it syncable with iTunes but you gotta use Roxio Media Manager.
I want an iPhone, but the Curve is still one of the best phones out there and neither the iPhone or Curve would be a bad choice.

Glitch says:

I must say I love this article. It's as interesting as the people that claim the iPhone to be superior to all cell phones. iPhone as in "I" for innovation? More like Intolerable! Let’s relate the truth with the humorous statements in this article.
10 Touchscreen/Non-Touchscreen
“Call me crazy but I don’t miss the QWERTY keypad on the Curve at all.”
That’s your opinion and that’s why there are many cell phone makers today aside from Apple and RIM, because not everyone in the world needs all the features that both phone provide.
“And if you asked me if I would rather have the iPhone’s screen or the Blackberry’s keyboard, well I guess you already know which choice I would choose.”
Well that’s great! Good for you! But when the touch part of the screen dies on your phone (and it already has on my friend’s 1st gen iPhone) you might as well replace the paper weight on your table with your phone. It becomes almost entirely USELESS! (Aside from lighting up a room) You can’t even use the phone feature on it anymore. Now on the BlackBerry however you might have a dead keyboard but you’re still able to make outgoing calls and pick up incoming ones as well. Cause Apple guessed that well who’d want voice dialing right? Not so….. Innovative now are we? Also blackberry is releasing a touch screen phone towards the end of 2008 or early 2009. RIM is just going to expand in the market of cell phones.
9 E-MAIL
That’s a pretty easy one. In case you haven’t heard/read RIM has already released their new OS for “OLDER” (as well as new) blackberry phones to be able to read HTML e-mails just fine. Also what’s the point in getting e-mails with attachments when you… can’t even download them to your 8-16GB phones for? BlackBerry phones allow you to save the attachments you receive NOT just view them! Apple’s behind in more than just e-mail, cut and paste has been around since your grandmothers were born! What’s so innovative about a phone that can’t copy paste information on a text message/e-mail/web browser? I mean… OLD Macintosh computers did that!!! WTH!?
8 Design…
Yes, I must admit the iPhone does look impressive but that’s where it ends, In the looks department. Feel and use is totally different. I love watching people trying to use their iPhones with 1 hand juggling the device around trying to keep the slippery thing in their hands long enough to type out an IM to a friend that spells out… HI! Amazingly funny! Blackberry has always been easy to use with device resting in your hand as opposed to battling to use the device with both hands. You can indeed use it with both hands but you have more flexibility when you are able to use it with just… one!
7 Sync
Ohhh wow…. PC’s are such a dreaded horror that almost anyone in their right minds today uses the PC as opposed to an Apple. Apple is soooooooooooo great at making OS’s that they… went the UNIX root… Hmmm… not so innovative there either I guess. Better to steal more ideas like they did in the past with Xerox then… create fresh stuff to call their own! Apple’s are becoming the thing of the past… They’re a great history lesson and we should all learn about their breakthrough in history with the first PC but, that’s it! Not much sense in buying a car where “ohhh sorry sir if you want to use that stereo you’ll have to buy compatible speakers for it or it won’t work.” or… “Sorry sir that fuel isn’t compatible with your engine you’ll have to continue your quest in space in search for compatible fuel for your engine”. Give… me… a… break… and you talked about it being a hassle to find blackberry software… well sure because of course… the whole world revolves around… iTunes. Out-of-box = Vegetable-User-Friendliness.
6 Media
Hands down the iPhone wins there, or does it? I have a custom ringtone in my 8820 that well… I MADE! At the end of the day I felt good I was able to pick out a certain portion of a song I like as opposed to certain portions they have online, which I’m not interested in. I also put the file in there myself once I plugged my phone to my computer (having the desktop manager installed of course NOT used just installed for driver purposes). No iTunes sync, limitations or need to download iTunes to do something as simple as… LOL copy paste an mp3 file to the ringtone folder. Custom iPhone ringtones? Is that even possible if you jailbreak them? LOL that’s a good laugh. However, yes movies do look great on widescreen even though the sound isn’t all that great on an iPhone to begin with. Apple is great at presenting the media, just not so great at sharing/moving it around. Blackberry also has more compatibility for more media types than the iPhone does. Bluetooth stereo headsets anyone? What good is a media device without the ability to listen to music/movies on your… stereo headsets? Another loss there?
5 Web
Yes, FINALLY! We got to something Apple has better then a blackberry! Very true indeed the web browser is of something of the past on blackberry phones. RIM recently stated that in the near future they will be able to display flash movies on the browser of the phones with just an OS upgrade. As for the iPhone can only show… youtube videos. The new OS 4.5 for blackberry phones already does this… so what’s the big deal? Also if the browser is something of a big deal and you want to show it off that much then well… Safari isn’t even really… the best browser! Skyfire is the first TRUE desktop like web browser for mobile phones and it even lets you play flash movies directly from the page as they’re loaded into the cache of the phone! No plugins, software or tweaks to make that possible it COMES already set like that. So again! Apple is “BEHIND” in having the best web browser for a mobile phone!
4 Consistency
Wow… back to the dreaded iTunes. I guess if it makes your life easier to install a product Apple forces upon you, to make your so called media phone function as a media phone, without the capability of 3rd party software and easier to use/maintain for the vegetable part of society that needs things to work right out the box but in actuality still doesn’t. Consistently tapping that screen to get an e-mail/SMS message every time rather than just pull it out of your holster and have it instantly displayed on your phone… Then I guess sure… why not.
3 Innovation
“A big difference between Apple and RIM is that RIM is rooted in being a phone maker whereas Apple comes from the world of computers”
Yet has a long way to go in passing today’s PCs that are cable of doing the office stuff AND gaming stuff.
“There are certain features important to me that they’ll always be chasing Apple and other phone makers.”
What? What are these so called features? All I read was you blowing all types of different temperature heat out of your mouth without listing any key features… AT ALL! You want to list a “FEATURE” how about GPS and Stereo Bluetooth? Features Apple has yet again… FAILED to add to their 2nd gen iPhone. What’s next a 3rd gen iPhone that has Stereo Bluetooth and no REAL GPS? What are you going to buy 5 different gen iPhones before they finally… Get it right? I think Apple is the one behind because they still haven’t even gotten something as simple as cut and paste on their 2nd gen iPhones down. Hurry up Apple! At least the PALM had cut and paste and that OS is almost dead…
2 OS
Anyone that has anything on the OS issue should go buy a 1980’s Mac and sit there in the corner and drool over OS X. Yes that’s what we all want to do, because what’s the point of making improvements and moving forward right? Apple surely doesn’t seem to understand such a marketing strategy as they themselves have issues moving forward. As for hardware the BOLD will have the most powerful processors available for mobile phones when it comes out. So the most important part of an Apple, the thing that always set aside Apple products from the rest of the groups… is about to be left behind.
“Using little menu screens with a slow trackball makes little sense compared to flick, tap, touch.”
Which as my friend put about his 1st gen iPhone, get’s really old really fast when you need to access your e-mail quickly, and just… can’t. Tap Tap Tap Tap Tap… almost there! Tap Tap Tap Tap! Finally, DONE! Another tap, and back in pocket! Anyways, like I stated before if the trackball failed for whatever reason only that part of the device died and you could still use enter to open programs and such. If the screen died on the iPhone… you had a brick. An OS can’t fix that! But it can sure fix the ability to unlock the phone! Keep you depending on Apple for… everything…
1 The Present Future
“Honestly, the customizable nature of the Blackberry confused me. I want things clear-cut, show me what I can have and I’ll pick and choose from there. With the Blackberry I had to constantly double check with other users to see if I was using it correctly and if the programs I chose were the best out there.”
It’s called flexibility and as PC Magazine state with the Hacking article they wrote about. There’s only 2 reasons to hack something. #1 you admit the product sucks! #2 You hack it to fix it’s “Flaws”. Congrats Apple your product SUCKS, and users hack them to fix your Flaws.
“I’ve realized that in order to take advantage of everything the Blackberry has to offer, you have to be an active user. Meaning you have to constantly peruse the forums and blog sites to know what’s going on in the Blackberry world.”
How many don’t already do that with their jailbreak iPhones? What new stuff can I add to my phone? What emulators can I download!? What programs can I finally have that Apple is withholding from me!?!?!? The questions come pouring on those forums as well…
“With the advantage of iTunes, Apple has the comfort of knowing anyone who uses an iPhone will know when the next update comes and what it will do.”
Isn’t that the same as an OS upgrade? Ohhh no right… just a small service pack.
“In the future, the App Store should also help users remain “in the know” about their devices because a simple click from your iPhone could deliver all the new goodies you need (but of course, you shouldn’t live without TiPb!)”
Goodies? Didn’t you say earlier you didn’t want/need all these different apps and the so called out-of-box experience was the best? More hot air then I guess huh?
“The simplicity of the whole process makes it hard for me to ever imagine using a non-iPhone.”
There’s no simplicity in downloading and learning how to use that new app you got on your phone from the iStore… It’s back to dun dun duuuuuuuhhhhhh! Complicating your life again!
“I have infinitely more faith in the Apple phone revolution than being in RIM’s boat as it happens. Because I know Apple, I know Mac. I know the simplicity of the user experience and I trust them enough to deliver it to my handheld. From my experience with Blackberry, the entrenched veteran is just as far away as the promising rookie, Apple, from delivering the perfect device. So what does that say?”
What faith? What future for that matter? Apple locked themselves out of ANY future they thought they had by claiming they won’t use a keyboard anymore. Their market of products… just shrank the second Steve spit that out on the stage! He basically said “We’re going to keep making touchscreens till people get tired and BORED out of their minds on them!” Well Steve… good job I guess. Not the greatest man to do marketing since he split Apple and Mac and made both companies fight with each other continuously bashing Macintosh as a thing of the past. This is a guy that put down his own workers in shame that they made a worthless product!? Not the best business man in my eyes that’s why Steve Wozniak left him to crumble his company in shame all on his own. Don’t forget that Microsoft owns Apple so please stop picking on PC’s. Not that I’m a Microsoft fan I’m just pointing out that big brother came to rescue them from remaining in the history books. As for products blackberry has released their new flip pearl, a new touch screen is coming out soon and the future for marketing is just going to pick up for them as they bring out more and more devices for both consumers and corporate users to enjoy!
The REAL Final Thoughts
In the end it doesn’t really matter what you use as long as you’re comfortable using it. If it suites your needs and does everything you can ever dream a phone could in your eyes that’s the most important part. I think that’s the true goal for BOTH companies at the moment. I am not an iPhone fan nor will I ever be but I must admit they have a decent product! I hate the company to hell but in the end the truth is I want them to last longer than their expected 2-3 years in the mobile market, for the simple fact that they bring new stuff like others to the table and push companies to compete! If there were no other phone aside from an iPhone you’d be paying $1K easy for the phone cause no one else would have the technology and there would be no competition! So be happy people compete with Apple! Be happy they target that phone! Because in the end the ones that benefit from anything those companies do is YOU! I hate the phone to death, I think its over-rated, I think it’s poorly thought out, too early into the competition and shamelessly feature packed (no cut and paste -.-) but they are here in the competition and they are the fuse that lit the flames in RIM’s development team! So go head to head and compete bring out all types of goodies for EVERYONE to enjoy and stop all the fighting! And as I will post this later on at both sites… long live crackberry.com and long live theiphoneblog.com!!! You guys bring the community of 2 successful mobile companies together and you provide a place/forums for us to finally call… home!

ocbf says:

Interesting take, from what I can take is your biggest problem is mac support. I think that's a problem with 80% of all devices, but I won't argue it.
I have played with the iphone, and I just couldn't work with the on screen keyboard, I will admit that the screen is amazing and the marketing department at our office is trying to push one on me in hopes that I will make the decision to move away from blackberrys and into iphones for our mobile email solution.
I don't have anything negative to say about the iphone, I think it's a great little device, I think it's changing the idea of what a phone can do, that's all great, but my preference is blackberry. I like the "feel" of my keyboard, as an IT technician and network administrator I rely a lot on my camera, I can take pictures and send them to vendors when I am at remote sites, so I think that's an aspect that apple should look at and consider. Not a huge issue for the average user, but for someone in my type of career, it's a requirement. Also, BES is huge for me, I set it up, it's great and for my users it's a great advantage.
Overall, I don't see the need for the debate, there's treo users that will never use another phone, there's blackberry users who feel the same, and iphone users seem to love their phones. No need to trash another device, just like the PC/Mac debate, odds are no ones opinion is really going to be changed, but if you feel it's best to go on a tirade to prove your point, more power to ya.

Larry Brown says:

I am not an IT guy by any stretch. 44yrs on this earth and trying to keep up with all of the electonics. I bought the phone because it is so much easier to learn how to use as you go. Email is no where near as easy and fast as the blackberry, but most importantly to me is the phone service. I have dropped more calls in a day then I did with my last 3 phones and Verizon combined. No joke. I don't know whether it's the phone or At&t. The 2.1 upgrade helped but this is a huge problem for me. I use 3000-4000 mins. a month. I'll give it until the end of the year. Any recomendations for a bluetooth earpiece??

Jesse says:

I made the switch from my Blackberry Pearl to the iPhone YESTERDAY... I must say that the iPhone is definitely a lot more palatable for me, but I still have love for RIM and how they've blazed the trail for phones like the iPhone.
With that said, the main reason why I switched from BB to iPhone is because of the little glitches here and there (temporary RIM outages, call logs and messages being deleted out of NOWHERE just to make room for more space, etc.) that added up in the end. I would rather not have to search for ways to troubleshoot the problem... I don't want the problem to be there in the first place.
I travel A LOT for work, and the iPhone kept me so much company today while at the airport. I have no problems accessing my MS Outlook, Calendar, etc. This allows me to get a lot more work done on AT&T's 3G network.

iPhoneDemand says:

I have experience using the Treo/Blackberry's and I find that the iPhone is the #1 business phone out there. If you are an internet guru, this phone is for you.

Jamie @ Midland 4G Wireless says:

Hi there, just wandered by. I have a Midland 4g site. Amazing the amount of information on the web. Not what I was looking for, but good site. Have a great day.