BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Which Phone to Buy?
As a true addict of the iPhone, I often think what the whole BlackBerry versus iPhone hoopla is all about! If you want to succumb to cliché, then BlackBerry users are the high-powered business executives, while the iPhone users are the cool techies, the early adopters and the hip gamers. Clichés aside, if you are considering a switch to either phone, this article will help you to select what’s perfect for you.
BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Interface
One of the most apparent differences between the two phones is the interface. All iPhones have touchscreens and a virtual keyboard. Besides the Torch, all BlackBerry models have a physical QWERTY keyboard and are cursor based. Eliminating the keyboard allows the iPhones the space for a larger display. This, along with their superior resolution, makes them ideal for gaming and watching videos. Plus, with a faster browser, iPhones have the edge in web-surfing as compared to BlackBerrys, which are generally remarkably slow!
On the other hand, the virtual keyboard in iPhones is hard to get used to, and many find it easier and faster to type on a BlackBerry. A touchscreen also translates into more fingerprints on the screen, and a tougher time with handling the phone for people with gloves or long fingernails.
With regard to other specs, the iPhone has a better camera and is slimmer and lighter. It is less durable though, as compared to the BlackBerry, which is fairly klutz-proof and can survive several falls with nary a dent. The BlackBerry also has a marginally longer battery life and better phone volume.
BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Email
BlackBerry is the original work phone – it has the capacity to accommodate several different email accounts, it allows you to see messages from all accounts collated onto a single screen, has the option to search through your email and has a superior push email system (a system that automatically pushes email from users’ inboxes to their phones, rather than the users having to manually download or pull email from their inboxes to their phones). Its enterprise server allows quick synchronicity with your Outlook Calendar and contacts, making working on-the-go that much simpler. Added to this, the flashing red light on the BlackBerry lets you know when you’ve messages or missed calls, giving you the workaholic’s dream phone.
To be fair, iPhone 4 has caught up with most of these advances, however, older versions are lacking, with a less user-friendly email system and missing even the basic copy-paste capability (a big drawback).
BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Apps
iPhone is the clear winner when it comes to apps. Want an app for the weather? To find the nearest public restroom? To decide where you should go for lunch? The answer to all the questions is iPhone’s your go-to-guide. BlackBerry’s selection is paltry in comparison – think local general stores versus multi-level mega-market.
Some of the most random iPhone apps? iLickit, which displays pictures of the food on the phone which the user must then physically lick away in the fastest time possible! And the RunPee – this ideal app for the movie buffs researches the movie you’re watching, pinpoints the most convenient scene in which to run out for toilet break along with how much time you’ve in hand to do the deed, and even provides you the synopsis of what you missed! Two of my favorite apps? Shazam, a software that allows you to identify a song that is playing by pointing your phone at it, and Angry Birds, the strangely addictive game that requires you to destroy a series of green pigs by hurting birds of various colors and sizes at them.
Yet, BlackBerry does have one significant app that the iPhone still hasn’t been able to compete with, its tour de force – the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). This built-in instant messenger is one major reason that many BlackBerry users I know, would think twice before switching phones. It’s free, easy to use and allows you to keep in touch with other BlackBerry users world over. In terms of social networking, it spells instant success!
The iPhone does offer a few close alternatives, such as WhatsApp, however, these come nowhere close to mimicking the success of the BBM. The iPhone 4 also allows Face Time – the ability to video conference with other iPhone users – which is nifty, but less frequently used than BBM.
Which Phone Wins: In a Nutshell
So choose what suits you, we’ve made our choice and it’s a house divided!