Blackberry or iPhone? Pro and Contras…

26th August 2009


In the rough and tumble for mobile phone supremacy, the battle lines between the two titans, Research in Motion and Apple, are becoming increasingly blurred. Research in Motion with its iconic Blackberry is selling at 16 million units per annum while Apple had targeted in excess of 10 million iPhones for 2009.

At time of writing, Apples shares are being traded at $160 as against RIM´s $82.

The ease with which the iPhone plays music and movies makes it the stuff that media-consumer`s dreams are made of. But it does not hold the same appeal for the corporate user. Large companies are reluctant to allow employees to use iPhones on their corporate networks.

But according to market watchers and gadget blogs, Apple is burning the midnight oil on a corporate-friendly makeover of its email software.

Meanwhile RIM has no intention of resting on its laurels. The BlackBerry has been the long established mainstay of corporate users mainly exploiting its email and calendar facilities. RIM is now targeting the high-end users who would be attracted to the device for both work and play. BlackBerrys are now loaded with cameras that take both video and still images and play music as well.

Here are the experiences of a consumer who has been using a BlackBerry 8800 alongside an iPhone for several weeks.

To start with, the BlackBerry with a Microsoft Exchange server has intelligent push email which the iPhone lacks. When an email reaches a BlackBerry account the message is immediately downloaded. The user is notified that he or she has a new message by an LED on the phone.

The iPhone checks out for new messages every 15 minutes at best, and when it does, it has to be checked actively to see if a new message has arrived. Lacking an adequate facility, handling of email on the iPhone is more cumbersome and less efficient. The user has to perform the additional operation of opening the iPhone?s email program whenever they wish to check for new messages which makes for wasted battery power.

The iPhone does not match the BlackBerry´s synchronization either. A BlackBerry user can automatically update information. Any changes to calendar events or contact information on his or her desktop computer in Exchange are automatically updated on the BlackBerry. The iPhone does not have this facility.

Other advantages of the BlackBerry over the iPhone are:

  • A GPS with Google Maps with detailed descriptions.
  • Has cut and paste facilities
  • Possesses keyboard shortcuts for easy navigation between applications
  • Superior phone quality
  • More sophisticated Safari browser.
  • Faster downloads of text pages.
  • A general contacts information for easier contact with people.

A major area where the iPhone scores over the BlackBerry is in battery life. The BlackBerry, because it is used for more tasks requires more frequent charges.

The iPhone has other slick, advantageous features like the YouTube program, weather and stock reports and full-featured web-browsing, despite which the BlackBerry is the preferred choice.