I can only assume that Galen Gruman of InfoWorld is trying to spark some feedback with his latest deathmatch pitting the iPhone against the BlackBerry Bold. He has been using an iPod Touch since he retired his Palm/Handspring so it is obvious where his point of view is coming from. I don’t have the time to debase every one of his arguments but some of them are so far off base that I cannot help but offer him some insight. Especially his conclusion of:
Frankly, I’ve concluded it’s time to bury the BlackBerry. A revolution in its time, thanks to its ability to provide instant, secure e-mail anywhere, the BlackBerry has become the Lotus Notes of the mobile world: It’s way past its prime.
- First Galen goes on a diatribe about how the iPhone’s email client is vastly superior to the BlackBerry email client. Need I go further? Truly it is just a matter of preference but I have used both and things like being able to attach files from a user accessible file system is just elementary.
- Galen points out how the iPhone has all the normal email actions such as reply and forward with their own dedicated buttons. I guess he did not bother with keyboard shortcuts such as “R” for reply and “F” for forward… He also claims it is hard to delete messages on the BlackBerry but I guess he did not figure out that the delete button deletes messages.
- Galen admits that the iPhone does not let you search for messages… but then uses that as a reason for why the iPhone client is better at selecting multiple messages.
- He then goes on to say how when you add a contact the BlackBerry does not always catch the senders name and you have to enter it to save the contact. He claims the iPhone is better because it lets you save the email address and enter in the name later… That would just clutter your address book.
- Galen is using the just launched and mediocre App World as a comparison to Apples app store. I admit that applications are limited on the BlackBerry and there are not a wealth of options but the apps that do exist are awesome. For example, Google Talk and all the IM clients… The iPhone cannot even run such applications together!
- Galen then went on to compare Gokivo Navigator to Google Maps on the iPhone. Why did he not compare Google Maps on the BlackBerry? He claims that the iPhone locks onto GPS quicker because of cell phone triangulation but BlackBerry apps have the same function. Not to mention that the BlackBerry also has TeleNav GPS directions which is not possible on a iPhone.
So anybody else want to have some fun tearing apart this deathmatch??? Personally I always found it funny that the so called music phone does not have A2DP support for Bluetooth headphones. Something even the corporate minded BlackBerry has…