Blackberry Curve V. Apple IPhone: War of the Smartphones

I’ll admit it…I can’t live without my Blackberry Curve smartphone. I didn’t have a cell phone until two years ago, and now I can’t make it through a meal or a full night of sleep without checking it. All of my friends have Apple iPhones and they say the same thing, but having tested out their devices, the choice is clear for me.

Blackberry Curve gt; Apple iPhone

1. Emailing and typing. The primary smartphone design aspect that drew me to the Blackberry Curve was the full QWERTY keyboard. I acquired the Curve, first and foremost, for work purposes. I was a bit dismayed by the size of the keys, initially, but soon mastered the trick of fingertip typing. When the Apple iPhone first premiered, I was intrigued by the advertised touch screen keyboard, but after testing it out, I was less than impressed. It was too easy to mistype on the iPhone-one stroke and three or more letters would appear. I spent more time deleting than typing. With the Blackberry Curve keys, your fingers register instant feedback, so you know if you’ve typed additional letters. This assurance makes me more confident about typing faster, and often, I don’t even have to look at the screen until I’m ready to send.

Both smartphones allow you to link multiple email accounts to the device, but the Blackberry Curve’s master email folder allows you to check all accounts at once. The Apple iPhone does not offer such a feed. You can opt to place a shortcut to each separate account on the Blackberry screen, but I find that I rarely ever use these individual icons.

The best (or worst, to some) feature of the Blackberry Curve is the red blinking light on the top of the smartphone that indicates when you’ve received a new email or text message or missed a phone call. I say worst because this little red light takes over your life if you let it-you’ll feel compelled to check every time it starts blinking. With the Apple iPhone, you have no such indicator and must unlock the phone and check each account to see new communications.

Other benefits of the Blackberry Curve:

• sent messages are shown in time order with received messages, if desired;

• fonts can be changed;

• shortcuts can be created to save time in adding signatures and frequently typed words or phrases

2. Phone function.I’ve had no problems with the telephone function of my Blackberry Curve. The smartphone does not get hot, even after lengthy use, and it is super fast when it comes to dialing people in your contacts list. You start typing the name and you are instantly presented with a list of possible numbers to choose from. I also like that you can put the caller on speakerphone by pressing a button and then take notes to memorialize the conversation using an easy-to-open application.

If I had an issue with the Curve, it would be that you cannot download or send any messages while you are actually using the telephone function. This is sometimes a problem when I’m on a conference call and need to reference a quick note sent by another party. You can switch views to see the existing emails, though, while talking. I’ve learned to live with this problem.

3. Size and security issues. Another reason I chose the Blackberry Curve was its beautiful and compact design. For having a full keyboard and reasonably sized screen, the smartphone is still only about 4 x 2.5 inches, the perfect size to slip into a back pocket. Plus, with a rubber skin placed on the smartphone, it is virtually indestructible. I should know…I drop it about once a week. The Apple iPhone, at 6 x 3 inches or so, is just a bit too big to comfortably hold or fit in a pocket. Plus, the new iPhone design is thinner and more slippery, which makes it very hard to hold on your shoulder when your hands are full.

Let me just say that I detest the iPhone’s automatic locking feature. It would drive me crazy to have to unlock the device after every five second lapse of using it. The Blackberry Curve will not keylock unless I lock it, a maneuver that takes a bit of getting used to, but that became second nature to me immediately after butt-dialing my mom at 2 a.m. from a nightclub.

4. Applications.

Camera: I have taken some very good photos with my Blackberry Curve. The screen is too small to see much detail, but there is a limited zoom feature. The Apple iPhone camera, I find, takes too long to capture an image after the button is pressed. Often, my hand moves during this time and the picture is blurry. Plus, the iPhone has no flash or easy-to-use zoom features.

Memory: With the iPhone, the memory it arrives with, which is considerable, is all that you have to work with. For a small cost, though, I can add smartphone memory cards with an additional 16 GB of space to my Blackberry Curve.

Calendar: The calendar is extremely easy to use on the Blackberry Curve. You can enter a quick appointment in seconds, and come back later to enter further information. Plus, you can choose between day, week, month, or next event views. The Apple iPhone’s calendar requires much more effort to us and typing in information presents the same problem described above. Further, you only have a day or a month view. Who uses the month view, really? Also, with the Blackberry Curve, you can choose the day you wish to view.

Blackberry Curve = Apple iPhone

1. Cost. Both smartphones are fairly expensive, though both Apple and Blackberry offer rebates after purchase. I got my Blackberry Curve for $350 minus a $100 rebate. My sister paid $450 for her iPhone, but she did receive a rebate (I’m not sure about the amount).

2. Cleanliness. This issue is a draw between the smartphones, in my opinion. The Blackberry Curve has a smaller screen that is fairly easy to keep clean of smudges, but it does have protruding keys that collect grime and must be cleaned. The Apple iPhone is one big screen that must be used to do everything, so it is constantly smudged and streaked by fingerprints and makeup residue. The touch screen on the smartphone will not work properly unless it is clear, so an owner spend a lot of time cleaning the screen off.

3. Linking up to social sites. I am a big Facebook user, so I downloaded the Facebook application for the Blackberry Curve. I’ve had no problems using it-it keeps me current on new messages and status changes with its instant synchronization feature. The Apple iPhone, though, does allow you to view a FB page as it appears on your laptop, which is often more informative. But, it is sometime hard to refresh the page.

Apple iPhone gt; Blackberry Curve

1. Appearance. I will acquiesce and state that the Apple iPhone is simply beautiful. The picture is crystal clear and the design is spare and classy. The Blackberry Curve can come off looking kind of clunky and the small screen does not afford you a view of websites in image form or details in pictures. Plus, Blackberry technology cannot compete with the iPhone’s cool fingertip picture/website enlarging feature.

2. Photographs. Speaking of pictures, the Apple iPhone can store hundreds of photos without appreciably slowing the functioning of the smartphone. Before I invested in a memory card, I could store about 15 pictures on my Blackberry Curve before the memory filled up. It was worse than an iPad’s memory. Several times, the large photo files caused the device to crash.

This is a quick rundown of the differences between my Blackberry Curve and the Apple iPhone. Goodness knows, each device has its own posse of diehard, rabid fans determined to convince the other of the superiority of its product, but, honestly, both smartphones have a place in today’s market. At this point in my working life, however, I could not be more delighted with my choice of the Blackberry Curve.

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