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Blackberry Storm vs Apple iPhone

Posted by Gary on October 8, 2008

Blackberry Storm details are coming out fast and furious.  From early reviews, it seems to meet and beat most expectations.  It may certainly be the best corporate device ever built though I’m sure some will argue otherwise.  The keyboard, our big question in previous posts, is getting good reviews and RIM seems to have done a good job of using the capacitive aspects for actions and a hard button interface for selection.  Of course it has the strengths of RIM’s industry leading mail/contact/calendar applications with BES synch.  It appears to be somewhat weaker than the iPhone on the consumer applications side – video presentation, browser, and music.  Especially when it comes to the slickness, design, and hardware graphics acceleration of the consumer application interfaces.  The application store / deck / market has had little discussion so far though it appears from the rumours that carrier’s will control the application they allow in the market.  Payment/account registration etc. details are still unknown.

For us, we are very impressed and can’t wait to get out hands on it.  We don’t know if it will displace our affection for the iPhone – it seems to be missing the lifestyle aspects but it’s our ideal corporate phone. 

Competition is good.  Finally, we can kill the abuse of the term: ‘iPhone killer’.  We now have two very good and different phones to choose from – it’s no longer a one horse market.

Technologizer created a good early comparison table that we’ve copied for you below:

 

The phones
BlackBerry Storm 9530
Apple iPhone 3G
Platform
BlackBerry (Java based)
Apple’s proprietary OS X
Availability
Soon
Now, although supply is occasionally spotty
U.S. carrier
Verizon
AT&T
Price
TBD
$199 for 8GB model or $299 for 16GB model with two-year contract
Data plan
TBD
$30 a month for unlimited data; $5 a month extra for 200 text messages
Locked?
Presumably, to Verizon
Yup, to AT&T
Colors
Just black, as far as I know
Black (8GB and 16GB); white (16GB only)
Size and weight
4.4” by 24” by 0.55”; 5.46 oz.
4.3″ by 2.4″by 0.33″; 4.05 oz.
Screen size and resolution
3.25″; 480 by 360
3.5″; 480 by 320
Input
Multi-touch haptic-feedback touchscreen with QWERTY and SureType keyboards
Multi-touch touchscreen with on-screen keyboard
Buttons
Volume; lock; left and right Convenience; mute/play; send, menu, end, and escape
Home; volume; vibrate
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Headphone jack
Standard 3.5mm
Standard 3.5mm
Bluetooth
Stereo
Monaural
Voice dialing
Not sure
No
Voice recording
Not that I know of
No
MMS
Yes
No
Camera
3.2 megapixels; flash; digital zoom; video capable
2 megapixels; no flash; no digital zoom; no video
Voice
Quad-band GSM and CDMA
Quad-band GSM
Data
Both HSPA and EVDO
HSDPA
Use as tethered modem?
It has the ability technically, at least; not sure if Verizon will permit
Violates AT&T’s terms of service; tethering plan is rumored
Data plan
TBD
$30 a month for unlimited data; $5 a month extra for 200 text messages
Wi-Fi and GPS
Nope on Wi-Fi; yep on GPS
Got ‘em both
Battery
5.5 hours talk time; 360 hours standby; removable
5 hours talk time; 300 hours standby; not removable
Web browser
BlackBerry Browser
WebKit-based Safari
Web searching
Presumably in some form, but I don’t know the details
Yes, via Google or Yahoo
E-Mail
IMAP, POP, BlackBerry Enterprise Server
MobileMe, GMail, Yahoo Mail, AOL; other services supported through IMAP
Calendar
Yes, with to-do list
Yes, but no to-do list
Microsoft Exchange support
Yes–hey, it even supports Notes and GroupWise
Yes
Instant messaging
AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo, ICQ
Only through third-party apps
Office Apps
Documents to Go Office-compatible suite, with editing
Microsoft Office-compatible viewers, but no editing
Maps
Yes (BlackBerry Maps)
Yes
Turn-by-turn navigation
Not standard that I know of; apparently available through third-party apps
No, but may be coming from third party developer(s)
Music
Supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA ProPlus formats
iPod player and iTunes Store; supports MP3, AAC (with or without Fairplay), WAV, Apple Lossless, AIFF, VBR formats
Video
Yes; supports H.264, MPEG4, and WMV formats
iPod player, YouTube; movies through iTunes Store; supports H.264 and MPEG4 formats
Photos
Yes
Yes
Wireless synching
Yes, through BlackBerry Internet Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Yes, through MobileMe
Desktop synching
Yes, through BlackBerry Media Sync
Yes, through iTunes
Application store
RIM is supposedly readying an application store; apps available from third-party stores
Yes, the iTunes App Store
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2 Responses to “Blackberry Storm vs Apple iPhone”

  1. jacob said

    Awesome, keep up the good work guys

  2. Ashraf Sajid said

    Amazing and very informative. An updadate with the missing details will make it even more useful.

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