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iPhone Vs. Blackberry

Written by  Lou Attia
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Some people would say that comparing iPhone to Blackberry is like comparing apples to oranges… well apples to berries in this case. It’s all fruit right?

I want to make it clear that I’m comparing general features and usability not specific models.


And there is no right or wrong answer to which one should you go for… because we as buyers typically don’t make rational decisions… we make emotional decisions and try to rationalize them.



Here I’m comparing the iphone 3gs to blackberry curve but again not model specific features.


Physical appearance

- They are more or less the same height but the blackberry is a bit wider and thicker but has better curvature. Better to hold as a phone.

- They both use a 3.5 mm headset jack which is your standard earphone jack that’ very useful.

- The Blackberry uses a standard mini usb jack to connect to your computer which is always better than using a specialized one because it can be bought anywhere if you lose it.

- Now in terms of screen quality both have great pixel density which is directly related to how sharp the pictures and videos look.

- Blackberry has an easily replaceable battery… very important.

- But the major difference at a glance is that of course iphone has a much larger screen because as we all know it’s touch screen and therefore has no keyboard whilst the blackberry has full keyboard.


Basic day to day usage

Let’s look at the actual basic functionality of both phones. Keep in mind that iphone and blackberry are not regular mobile phones but are considered smart phones. Dr. MacIver will tell us what those are:



Hello I’m Dr. MacIver… not McGyver… that man convinced you he can make a basic phone out of plastic cups and long piece of string…uh… what? You can do that? Alright fair enough. I’ll give him that one. Right.

- A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary basic 'feature phone.

- Smartphones and feature phones may be thought of as handheld computers integrated within a mobile telephone, but while most feature phones are able to run applications, a smartphone allows the user to install and run more advanced applications based on a specific platform.

- Smartphones run complete operating system software providing a platform for application developers.

- Basically any mobile telephone that combines voice services with e-mail, fax, pager, word processor or Internet access is called a smart phone.

- In order to take full advantage of a smart phone’s capabilities you would usually sign up for what is called a data plan with your mobile service provider.


General features

Again I’m not getting into specifics because that would take all day but more the general user differences between an iPhone and Blackberry and their advantages.


Let’s kick off with the Blackberry


1-Full keyboard and therefore faster typing.

- If you’re a texting maniac having a full keyboard is a huge advantage.

- iphone’s the touch keyboard is ok but definitely not as accurate.


2-Excellent and fast email support.

- You can set up ten email accounts like g-mail, hotmail, yahoo etc.

- And you get notified and you reply the same way you would a text.

- Notifications are much faster than on an iphone.


3- Call quality.

- At the end of the day it is a phone before anything else and you want decent call quality. This is another are where the blackberry is superior to the iphone that has had a reputation for a poorer call quality.


4- Running of multiple apps at once is more superior on the blackberry.


5- Last but most certainly not least… Blackberry messenger or BBM for short… which is an instant messenger app.

- This is where blackberry shines and outdoes the competition. I as a blackberry owner can message, chat endlessly and share photos and videos with any other blackberry owner around the world… for free.


Now let’s move onto iPhone

1- Bigger screen.

- Much better for watching movies, looking at pictures etc. and just day to day visual dealings

2- Internet browser is superior on the iPhone

- The touch screen makes it far easier to navigate… and it just looks better and is more user-friendly. Feels like you’re surfing the web.

3- itunes.

- Although the media function on the blackberry is usable, its not nearly as seamless or as perfected as itunes as a media player. Gotta give credit where it’s due.

4- iphone Applications or apps for short.

- And as far as RIM’s own app store goes, Blackberry app world, it’s pretty ok and definitely a step up from the typical operating system paradigm of “find it and download it yourself”. I remember those days… BUT

- Again the iTunes app store is fantastic – there are just so many applications to choose from and the majority of them are free.

- Yes the most popular ones are available on blackberry but the sheer volume is of apps on iphone is mind boggling.

- Most often the good ones come out first on iphone.


5- Finally the user friendliness of the touch screen.

- Again to give credit where it’s due on a blackberry you are very much in control of every little detail

- BUT on an iphone you feel more physically in control which I think breaks the barrier between you and the operating system.


Final thoughts

Unfortunately the stereotypes are still true for both phones. If you want a great and fun packed multimedia phone with functional text entry then go for iphone.

If you like precision, do a tonne of texting, want to run multiple apps, and want your emails delivered efficiently and promptly. Then blackberry is your direction.

Last modified on Sunday, 06 March 2011 07:48
Lou Attia

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