Blackberry Benefits - Smart Phone, Smart Plans
So every friend I know has been on my case to switch to iPhone. With good reason. The iPhone has revolutionized the handheld business with its AppStore, ease of use interface and synergies with the Mac ecosystem of innovative products.
Sure the advantages of the Apple smart phone are immediately visible, even compelling when comparing it to its main rival to date, the Blackberry. But the Blackberry also has numerous advantages, almost all of which are “behind the scenes.” Blackberry is the intellectual introvert, competing against a flamboyant rival with eloquent rhetoric.
Since the latter speaks loudly for itself, I’ll address the advantages of the former... and the reason why, even in the face of intense pressure, I still consider myself a Blackberry Babe:
1. Most Blackberries have keyboards, so you can type fast with no errors. Helps while tweeting, driving (tsk tsk), walking, carrying something in your other hand – all the time. iPhone: well…
2. Blackberry can be used on my carrier - and on almost every carrier in the world (over 475 of them!). In the US, the iPhone is available on AT&T and Verizon only.
3. Blackberry is available in five form factors – large or small keyboard, no keyboard, flip phone, and candy-bar.
4. My Blackberry is on T-Mobile USA, which offers unlimited WiFi calling from anywhere in the world, with my existing number. iPhone cannot do this. I’ve saved over $100 a day while abroad. More mula in my pocket = happy girl!
5. Phenomenal email interface and Blackberry allows communicating peer-to-peer (very cool!). This could save you literally thousands of dollars in text and data usage. And multiple Blackberries can receive the same email feeds simultaneously. Awesome for collaborating with collegues.
6. Blackberry can sort the address book entries by company name, so you can scroll down a long list of names you don’t remember if you just want to see who works for which company. Aside from sorting, the iPhone can take several seconds to search your address book. Good luck if you have several thousand address book entries. Blackberry isn’t slowed down by having, thousands, even 100 000 address book entries. Try using an iPhone with 10 000 address book entries.
7. And the iPhone is limited to 200 emails. Sure the iPhone has a remote look-up capability, but that doesn’t do you any good when you’re on an airplane or are otherwise out of coverage.
8. Blackberry has expandable memory. iPhone is fixed - sold at 8, 16 or 32 gig only.
9. Blackberry can be synchronized to multiple computers simultaneously.
10. Blackberry also synchronizes with iTunes – and every other media management program.
11. Skype on the Blackberry? Yes, from anywhere to anywhere. Skype on iPhone? Only if you’re on WiFi.
12. Free Google Voice on the Blackberry. Google Voice on iPhone? Verboten.
13. All major instant messengers are available on Blackberry.
14. Blackberry is available with multiple browsers from multiple suppliers. iPhone is available only with its standard Safari browser.
15. Better screen resolution on the new blackberry - 480x360. iPhone is 480x320.
16. Price: Unlimited iPhone voice/data service, including unlimited SMS, is $150/month. Blackberry can be had for much less. For example, unlimited Blackberry service is offered on Sprint for $100/month, T-Mobile USA $125/month, and MetroPCS $50/month
17. Prepaid “no contract” flexibility (love this!). The iPhone is sold with a 2-year contract only. Once upon a time you could get a “contract-free” iPhone if you paid close to $899 up-front for the iPhone itself. In contrast, you can get prepaid no-contract Blackberry service on any T-Mobile Blackberry for $70/month (unlimited minutes/ SMS and Blackberry/Internet), or you can get unlimited-everything prepaid $50/month service from MetroPCS. That’s ONE THIRD the cost of the iPhone, and there is no contract.
18. Blackberry has MUCH better calendar functions over the iPhone. I can create a meeting on my blackberry and invite a person, then synch up with Outlook. The Outlook todos synch too. 3rd party apps can't write to or use the iPhone calendar so we have to wait for Apple to offer an enterprise grade calendar and todo synch.
19. The BlackBerry software development kit gives developers more freedom than the iPhone SDK. Not only can you develop apps that run in the background, but you can gain access to the phone, email and BBM logs. You can't do this on iPhone.
20. Blackberry is an encrypted military-grade security platform, with 100% market share at FBI, CIA, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, major consultancies and major investment banks. In contrast, iPhone has security vulnerabilities. See how it compares against the iPhone and Microsoft Mobile platforms (.pdf).
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