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    Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

    How RIM/Verizon's new smartphone stacks up against Apple/AT&T industry standard.


    Not content to stand by while AT&T , T-Mobile and Sprint generate all the wireless hype, Verizon last week announced that it would be supporting Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm smartphone on its network come November.

    RIM's first touchscreen device features a "clickable" screen that the company says simulates the feel of a physical keyboard. The Storm can connect to either EV-DO Rev. A or HSPA 3G cellular networks and features 1GB of onboard memory storage and a card slot that allows for up to 16GB of additional storage.

    But while Verizon (and Vodafone in Europe and elsewhere) is hoping that the BlackBerry Storm will be its own "iPhone killer," questions remain about whether the offering can match the popular Apple consumer device in several key areas. Here's a look at how the Storm stacks up against the iPhone in terms of call quality, data coverage, price and more.

    Call quality

    Year after year, survey after survey, Verizon consistently gets the highest marks for wireless call quality, for the least amount of dropped calls and for overall network reliability. Verizon also outpaces AT&T in terms of customer service and in the cost of service, the latest JD Power survey finds. The bottom line: If call quality is your most important qualification, go Verizon.
    3G network coverage

    Verizon and AT&T boast impressive 3G networks that span across the United States. Verizon's 3G network runs on the CDMA-based EV-DO Revision A wireless technology, while AT&T uses the GSM-based HSPA. A study conducted earlier this year by ComputerWorld showed that while AT&T and Verizon offered similar data speeds for their 3G networks, AT&T offered slightly faster service for peak download speeds, average download speeds and average upload speeds. Added to this, the iPhone is able to take advantage of local Wi-Fi hot spots to download data, while the Storm is not. Thus, the ability to access Wi-Fi as a cheaper alternative to 3G data service gives the iPhone a slight edge in this category.
    Cost

    One of the most striking features of several new smartphones is their low cost. Apple and AT&T got the ball rolling earlier this year after they announced they were going to slash the price of the iPhone 3G to $199. T-Mobile and Google decided to one-up them by selling their G1 smartphone for $179. So far, neither Verizon nor RIM have released details on the retail cost for the Storm, but it will likely have to be in the $200 range if it really aims to be the "iPhone killer" that its makers hope it will be.

    Enterprise features

    The iPhone is seen as a legitimate enterprise device now that it has access to Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync, a licensed data-synchronization protocol whose built-in support will give IT departments the ability to set password policies, set up VPN settings and perform remote data wipes on iPhones that have been lost or stolen. The iPhone also took a big step forward when it gained access to Cisco IPsec VPN, which Apple says will "ensure the highest level of IP-based encryption available for transmission of sensitive corporate data." However, as some analysts have pointed out, the BlackBerry still sets the standard for enterprise wireless devices due to its larger array of security policies, including the ability for IT departments to disable its digital cameras; to enable or shut down specific Bluetooth profiles and set how long the device is "discoverable" using Bluetooth; and to define which applications on a BlackBerry can access GPS capabilities.
    Keypads

    This could be an intriguing matchup, since neither the iPhone nor the Storm has a physical slide-out keyboard like the T-Mobile G1 does. However, RIM says that it is changing the game of how touchscreen keypads work with what it calls a "clickable screen." This means that users can actually press down on the digital keys on the screen and feel them being pressed and released just like they'd feel a mouse button being pressed and released. Thus, users will in theory be able to type much easier by having the touch of a standard qwerty keyboard on the digital screen of their smartphone. Though we won't know for certain until it's tested out by more users, the Storm's keyboard gets the edge here for its ambition and creativity.

    Below is a slideshow comparing the two:
    http://www.networkworld.com/slidesho...smackdown.html
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    Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

    I want a storm, i really do, BUT, its on vodafone, who suck something serious. Also, no flash player. Maybe not that important to some, but thats a deal breaker for me, as is the lack of WiFi. I have a Blackberry 8120, and would love to upgrade, but i reckon i will go iphone. Also, apps for BB you have to pay for.

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      Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

      That RIM Storm really resembles the HTC Touch...
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        Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

        My personal comparison:

        All of my friends with Blackberries, hate them and have nothing but troubles with them.

        All my friends with iPhones, LOVE them and have nothing but fun and good times using them.
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        • #5
          Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

          Originally posted by Gogeta View Post
          All of my friends with Blackberries, hate them and have nothing but troubles with them.
          Could you give examples?

          I don't know about other college campuses, but here at DePaul, the majority of "cell phones" I see are either Blackberries or iPhones. As far as I've noticed, out of 10 people 7 have Blackberries, 1-2 have iPhones, and the remainder have something else.

          I'm also interested in replacing my current phone with a Blackberry in the future, so I'd be interested in learning what sort of problems people have (since DePaul students are usually clueless).
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          • #6
            Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

            My wife has a curve and I have a pearl. We both love our blackberries.
            I know dozens of friends who have BB and they literally can't let them out of their hands. But that's a bunch of women and they constantly text each other and joke about not being able to put them down when they get in the shower. The guys I know have Iphones, and they love them and don't like the BB interface.

            I think it comes down to the interface. If you prefer the BB text style, go for an older model for cheap now, if you prefer the Iphone style, go for Iphone or this Storm is looking really nice. Unless your career is heavily wedded to emails, like law or finances, you probably don't need the BB. The Iphone is definitely more student oriented, imo.

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            • #7
              Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

              So a coworker of mine was able to get his hands on the new Storm... Apparently he is just lucky as he was in a Version Store at the same time a Black Berry Rep was in doing product demos for the Verizon employees.

              First Reaction: beautiful, the screen was crystal clear, and he HATES the 'click' touch. He said that the click just felt unnatural.

              On further discussion he said that the 'click' was counter to how a touch screen should feel, and just seemed weird. However he did also admit that for those who are not accustom to the feel of traditional touch screens that it could be a welcome feeling.

              I don't know I've personally been looking at a new phone and was considering a Black Berry, but I really don't want to pay the extra $30 a month for a data plan, even if it is unlimited

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              • #8
                Re: Smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Storm vs. the iPhone

                I don't pay for a data plan on my personal BB.
                I can't remember what I specifically said, but it should be doable if you get the right rep and ask nicely. I'm on Cingular.

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