Blackberry or Iphone? for many people the question is a stupid one – a bit like PC or Mac.
Some argue if you could afford one who wouldn’t want a Mac?
Others would argue why spend double the amount on a computer that just comes with nicer software but doesn’t work with the corporate system?
Blackberry’s are the PC’s of the phone world. They work seamlessly with the office based servers, they are cheaper, they have a useful sized keyboard and they generally just work (ok that last one might not be a PC trait). The IT guys at the office are more likely to be pro blackberry for the company phone package. Just like your IT guys are more likely to supply you with a DELL latitude than they are give you a Mac Book Pro.
Iphones – well they cost more, they don’t have as proper keyboard, you can but they have a huge app store with tonnes of exciting apps from those that make weird noises, simulate beer drinking, machine guns, some great games like angry birds and some useful apps too.
So which will you choose? Well the decision might have got a little bit more difficult.
The new Blackberry Torch offers a touch screen phone with a brand spanking new operating system Blackberry OS 6 and a decent sized slide out keyboard.
1. Social networking integration
The new operating system has some lovely features such as a very tight social networking integration – if there’s a hash tag in an email you can immediately click on it to be taken to your twitter application.There’s also an integrated single in box that shows you your facebook messages, email and twitter direct messages.
The 5 megapixel autofocus camera is actually pretty good – (I took these photos of the carol concert i was speaking at it with it.) You can easily zoom and turn the flash on and off. Its has quite a lot of shutter lag – which means there’s quite a gap between clicking and actually taking the photo.
The video quality is pretty good too – with direct upload to you-tube – which may eat your data allocation if you are not careful.
4. The full size keyboard
Great to have access to a full size keyboard – which is especially useful if you are trying to type one handed for some reason.
Its a lovely full size screen that comes with the phone – nice and bright – the spec is: 360 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches
6. Optical Trackpad
I was surprised how useful this is on a touch screen phone – basically when trying to use the phone one handed – its more useful to have a track pad to be able to use with your thumb.
It’s quite a big phone – it does feel solid – but the keyboard makes the phone quite thick and bulky.
My Blackberry Bold 9700 had an amazing battery on it and was nice and small.
Will this blackberry kill the iphone? No. Will it help Blackberry owners feel a little bit more 21st century? Yes.