The Battle of the Smartphones!


December 18, 2009

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The Battle of the Smartphones!

Believe it or not, there are six smartphones on the market right now: iPhone, HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Bold, and BlackBerry Storm 2. This is heaven for a technology girl/boy in a technology world (cue Madonna song). I will provide a ranking for all six power house phones to guide you in what phone will suit you best.

– The iPhone should be your first choice if you’re looking for a phone that will allow you to make Facebook posts, check your email, and download the latest restaurant app on a not-so-great 3G network

-If you access email via POP and IMAP, and you loath AT&T, I’d say to go with the HTC Droid Eris (available with Verizon)

-If touch screens aren’t your thing and/or if you have a job wherein your mobile has to pass certain security requirements, the BlackBerry Bold will be your best friend.

In regards to the other three phones: The Palm Pre was a smart and innovative idea, but it was too little too late and the Droid completely one-upped it. As such, Verizon quickly broke-up with the Palm Pre and quickly rebounded with the new Android devices. The keyboard alone on the Motorola Droid is useless, presenting zero competition to the HTC Drois Eris mentioned above. While the keyboard was found useless on the Motorola Droid, the touchscreen on the BlackBerry Storm 2 wins the award and defines the word unusable. The one and only feature that separates it from the BlackBerry Storm single-handedly makes this phone pointless.

And now, for the scoring in each category…

I Want My Internet

BlackBerry seems to be the last to jump on the Webkit browser boat. All of the other five phones enjoy browsing the internet and website designs in an effective and capable way, while browsing the internet on the BlackBerry still serves to be difficult.

All six phones grant easy access to Facebook, search, YouTube, Twitter, etc. In addition to social media access all phones provide JavaScript support. The only feature that isn’t available by the iPhone and Droids is Flash Player Support. While the Blackberry is the only that can not display QuickTime Video.

Taking Care of Business

The Blackberry may lack in some of the features that are popular on the streets per se, but they dominate when it comes to business connectivity. They compensate in their support for corporate email, calendars, and contacts.

Although the iPhone is used to placing first, it is second in this race. It supports Exchange ActiveSync for e-mail, calendars, and contacts, though there are no clients as yet for Notes or Groupwise.

Both the Palm Pre and both Droids claim to support Exchange, but both have ranked up many complaints about connectivity problems and are proving to be unreliable.

One thing that is consistent across all six devices is support for POP and IMAP e-mail accounts and Google Gmail.

Device Applications

Hands down the iPhone DOMINATES (all-caps was necessary) the app world. They have variety and they are on-point in enhancing how much the apps can flex their muscles, which means cooler apps for you. No one comes close, nor do I think will ever come close, to catching up with iPhone in this arena.

All of these smart phones offer the basic apps: calendars, e-mail, text messages, contacts, maps, photo galleries, social networking, and media players. The Blackberry serves to have the weakest selection of apps, while the Android and Pre have a lot of potential. That being said, if apps are important to you, then iPhone is the way to go. If you could care less about apps, Blackberry would be a great match. If you fall in between, then both the Droid and Pre devices pick up the slack in the app world where the Blackberry doesn’t.

At the end of the day it all boils down to preference, considering the fact that you are not already locked in to a 2 year agreement with one of the cell phone service providers. If you have the freedom to make a choice of what smartphone you want to lug around I advise you to ask yourself: “What features will I be using so much that I get a cramp in my hand!?”. You are going to pay $299 plus, in addition to the phone and data plan with the provider, so choose carefully. Try em out, test ride your friends phone, go down to your nearest department store and hang out for an hour and just play with the phones and you will find your smartphone soul mate.

By: Professional Custom Web Design in Southern California | Jackie Taferner | JT Website Design – JT Website Design specializes in professional custom website design, flash animation, ecommerce website services, and more. Located in Southern California (SoCal).

Jackie Taferner

Jackie Taferner has over 15 years experience in website design and development. Jackie has a wide range of expertise, from PHP code development to marketing strategy, and enjoys working on challenging, creative, and unique projects.



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