Advantages of the iPhone over the Storm

Advantages of the iPhone over the Storm

Summary: You've probably heard enough about the Blackberry Storm, but humor me for a second. There are a number of ways that the Storm beats the iPhone because of what I call the second mover advantage.

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You've probably heard enough about the Blackberry Storm, but humor me for a second. There are a number of ways that the Storm beats the iPhone because of what I call the second mover advantage. RIM deftly did what any wise competitor would do, they exploited the demand for features that aren't yet available in the iPhone (copy and paste, a decent camera, for example).

There are also a couple of key omissions and difference in the Storm that don't make it an automatic, however. Here are some key advantages that the iPhone has over the Storm:

  1. Wi-Fi – This one sticks out like a sore thumb and will probably create the biggest wedge between the Storm and the iPhone. Whether I'm at home, the office or any retail establishment I always seek out a Wi-Fi network with my iPhone because it's much faster than 3G. Wi-Fi is much better for larger downloads and doesn't count against AT&T's 5GB download cap. Wi-Fi makes apps like Dictionary (the offline wikipedia reference) can quickly eat away at it possible.
  2. QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode. For some strange reason the Storm uses a SureType keyboard – the weird on with two letters on each key – in portrait mode (pic), which is strange to me. I'm not a fan of SureType and don't know why RIM didn't include a standard QWERTY keyboard, or the option for one, in portrait mode like they do in landscape. I expect this to change in a software update.
  3. Applications – Because the Storm is brand new, there are very few applications available for it expect for a few IM clients, Flickr, Facebook and Verizon's GPS application Navigator. The iPhone didn't have any third party applications when it launched either but now has over 5,000. Expect this to change as developers join the party.Will iPhone devs port their wares to RIM?
  4. Mac connectivity – Out of the box the Storm has no Mac software. It does include Media Sync which will sync your non-DRM iTunes to the Storme. If you don't have a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) you're going to have to rely on third parties like Mark/Space or PocketMac to sync contacts and calendars from a Mac to the Storm. A better option is to install the Windows software in Parallels orVMWare.
  5. Keyboard –Input devices, especially keyboards are highly subjective and highly personal which is why this is on both of my lists. Some people will like the "clickable" keyboard on the Storm while some will prefer the iPhone keyboard. Because I'm more experienced with the iPhone keyboard, the extra step required to physically click the Storm's keyboard slows down my ability to type. But I've also only used it for 24 hours and it's also a function of training, so that will change.

Don't forget to read my post (and the 100+ comments) on the advantages of the Storm over the iPhone.

Would you trade your iPhone for a Storm?

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Mac Connectivity?

    This is honestly in the article about a Mac based phone and a blackberry, come on. First of all the fact that there are no Mac applications on the blackberry make it a very appealing product. And unless you are using an apple for something, you don't need, or really want to have apple applications running on your stuff because it becomes annoying and doesn't perform well.
    drewitz@...
    • What percentage of Blackberry users

      have a Mac? My guess is that the diehard Apple users have run out and gotten themselve's an iPhone, so whats the point of spending time money, and headaches making it connect with a tiny part of their user base's computers?
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • You will never be in marketing

        Apples sells 9 million computers per year. That's 9 million
        fewer Blackberry customers. I abandoned Nokia a few
        years ago because Sony Ericsson had Mac syncability out
        of the box.

        Product managers that leave out market segments,
        especially ones that are well-to-do and decidedly not in
        love with tech configuring, like the Mac community
        (Presidents Bush and President-elect Obama, for example)
        are just not very ambitious.

        The storm might do well with people whose old Blackberry
        is time to recycle but I don't see it taking away iPhone
        sales. The iPhone is just too good and easy to use.
        mlindl
        • With one exception...

          People who like the idea of a touch screen but avoided the iPhone due to AT&T's network. Verizon is a substantially superior network. This is based on personal experience. I hate the fact that I've been stuck on AT&T because my boss is so cheap. I'd switch to Verizon in a heartbeat if I could. To those people the Storm is indeed very appealing.

          As for the lack of WiFi, had the iPhone come to Verizon like Jobs originally wanted it wouldn't have had WiFi either. No Verizon phone has it as they don't allow it. EVDO is superior to 3G though and you're going to get better speeds off the verizon network than most of the crappy hotspots out there.
          LiquidLearner
          • Verizon's lockdown

            [i]you're going to get better speeds off the verizon network than most of the crappy hotspots out there[/i]

            Uhh, no you won't. Wifi is still faster.

            Verizon's lockout of non-Verizon connectivity and capabilities has worked for them thus far, but it remains to be seen.

            I'm with Verizon, but that is the one thing that bothers me the most. I can't plug in my Razr to my computer to put sounds or pics on my phone. For pics I would text them to myself, but for sounds I'm forced to get them from the stupid BuyItNow. Plus they used to let you browse the BIN by using your minute allowance but they switched to data allowance, and unless you've got the stupid VCast package ($15/mo) you pay $2 or $3 per MEGABYTE. F that. So, I just don't use that stuff anymore.

            I like Verizon because of their network quality, but their lock-down strategy annoys the crap out of me.

            If I were to get a smart phone I'd consider switching to another network.
            tikigawd
        • obama

          is a hard-core blackberry user, but nice try.
          rtk
          • I think he meant Mac user not iPhone user

            Regardless, he'll probably have to give up his Crackberry, and by the time he's out of office perhaps Verizon will have gotten some sense regarding their moronic lockdown.

            I'm not holding my breath, tho.
            tikigawd
      • An increasing number

        Ignore them at your peril. And, what about Linux connectivity? That is the biggest growth market.
        jorjitop
    • You misunderstood.

      He's not saying that the lack of mac apps that run on the blackberry are a problem.

      He's saying the fact that you can't sync the blackberry with a mac computer is a problem.
      lostarchitect
      • Which it is.

        Macs may have a minority share fo the market but there are enough of them out there t make this a glaring omission.
        Sleeper Service
  • I got a kick out of this one!!!

    [i]There are a number of ways that the Storm beats the iPhone because of what I call the second mover advantage. RIM deftly did what any wise competitor would do, they exploited the demand for features that aren???t yet available in the iPhone (copy and paste, a decent camera, for example).[/i]

    Are you saying that any device released with copy and paste only has that feature because the manufacturer was reacting to the iPhone? Once again, you admit that MS had a time machine because they must have looked into the future, discovered what the iPhone wouldn't have, and then created a mobile OS that had those features! Next you'll be telling us that any device with MMS and stereo bluetooth support were also created only because the iPhone doesn't have those features!

    Congrats Jason, you've completed the circle! Any phone with a feature that is in the iPhone (even if it was released before the iPhone like touchscreen, gesture support, installable applications, etc.) could never have been created if it wasn't for the iPhone because no one would have thought about including those features in a smartphone if they didn't see it in the iPhone first.

    Any phone with a feature that [b]isn't[/b] in the iPhone (even if it was released before the iPhone like copy and paste and something better than 2.0MP camera) could never have been created if it wasn't for the iPhone because no one would have realized what smartphones were missing if they didn't see it missing from the iPhone fisrt.

    And you wonder why Apple fanboys are the laughing stock of the Internet. :)
    NonZealot
    • I agree....

      ....these IPhone comparisons are getting ridiculous. And they almost always say the the phone in questions beats the Iphone in some areas and then list 2-5 points where it doesn't and proclaim the IPhone the winner. To me that looks like some sort of tie. And half the time the criteria to beat the phone in question looks to be fabricated issues.

      Can people just start judging the damned phones on their own merits and tell us what people will and won't like? Who the phone best suits? This IPhone fanboyishness is out of control.
      storm14k
      • I say, let the market decide ...

        which phone they like better. But beware, zealots and non, the verdict might come out differently than you hope. If in a year from now, the iPhone is still the #1 smartphone, whom will you blame? Those uninfomed buyers? Millions of fanboys?
        financegozu
        • Don't forget good marketing

          Even if there are better alternatives out there, if people don't know about them they won't buy them.

          The latest iPhone commercials focusing on specific Apps that enhance the device's functionality are informative and helpful.

          Kudos to them for not going along the same line as the moronic Mac vs PC commercials. Every time I see one I can taste the puke in my mouth.
          tikigawd
  • Try

    running more than one application at a time with the iPhone.

    Time-saver Tip: Don't bother. You can't.

    Rating: :( :( :( :( :(

    That's five (5) 'unhappy' faces. Oh that's not good.
    no_zd_user_name
    • Could you further define?

      I'm honestly confused by what you mean. I don't own an
      iPhone, but on my Ipod Touch I can listen to music or a
      book while web browsing or playing a game. At the same
      time my e-mail is being pushed down and I get an alarm
      from my calendar or when a new message comes in
      regardless of the application I'm running at the time.

      how is all of that possible if multiple applications are not
      running simultaneously?

      I'm not trying to start a big argument here, I honestly
      trying to understand your statement just for knowledge
      sake.

      Thanks
      any_os
      • here

        http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8217385

        and here

        http://whydoeseverythingsuck.com/2008/03/apples-iphone-sdk-prohibits-real-mobile.html
        no_zd_user_name
        • ...and as soon as I found out about this...

          ...the IPhone fell COMPLETELY off my radar. It really makes me wonder now whats really worthwhile out of those 5000 apps if they have to constantly be active to do anything.

          We'll never know though because reviewers don't actually compare any worthwhile apps from other phones. They go to the sorriest app and bash it. They never address the things that the IPhone doesn't have or can't do.
          storm14k
          • You listen to last.fm?

            I got a kick from this little tidbit about the iPhone last.fm client. If you click on any "link" in the last.fm client (to find more information about a song for example), the last.fm client has to quit and the song stops while you are reading about that song. Great user experience!
            NonZealot
          • WOW!!!

            And the IPhone users find this acceptable???

            It looks like the IPhone is solid on its 1st party apps but then after that...its just pretty. Most of the bashing of any and every other touch screen phone is unwarranted. I'll say it may be the smoothest operating UI but this pedestal it sits on is completely fabricated.
            storm14k