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Another iPhone "killer" prepares to enter the market from Smartphone stalwart BlackBerry

Every time a Smartphone with a touchscreen and an internet connection comes out, it's hailed as the iPhone killer. Each time an iPhone killer is announced it makes nary a dent in the iPhone's armor of coolness. Right now, the iPhone 3G is at the top of the Smartphone sales charts with two models from BlackBerry bringing up second and third.

RIM, the company behind the BlackBerry, is getting ready to launch a new iPhone dethroning hopeful called the Storm. As things go today, the handset’s details were leaked ahead of its official launch. cobbled together a series of leaked details from around the web and threw the info together.

So far, the Storm is said to have a 3.2-inch touchscreen and an appearance much more like the iPhone than the typical BlackBerry device. Key features include GPS, Wi-Fi, and the handset will run on the Verizon 3G network.

One feature of the Storm that will make many iPhone users jealous is the built-in cut and paste feature. That particular feature (or lack thereof) is a sore spot for many iPhone owners. Typical BlackBerry devices, like the Bold, feature QWERTY keyboards for typing, something the Storm will forgo in favor of an iPhone-like onscreen keyboard.

BlackBerry one-ups the iPhone in the keyboard department by giving the keyboard the ability to work in landscape mode. For some reason, Apple opted not to allow the iPhone keyboard to rotate into landscape mode for better typing of emails and text messages. Camera quality on the iPhone is decent with 2-megapixels of resolution. BlackBerry has gifted the storm with a 3.2-megapixel camera for higher quality shots.

BlackBerry will even offer an App Store-like area to purchase add-on software. Overall, the Storm sounds much more like a Smartphone aimed at the masses than a business specific device that the traditional BlackBerry is viewed as by many.

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Oops, I ran over my old blackberry...
By austinag on 10/7/2008 4:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are all forgeting one detail: try telling your company to buy you an iphone and you will ifail. A blackberry on the other hand is darn near standard issue.

By Master Kenobi on 10/7/2008 4:58:56 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Oops, I ran over my old blackberry...
By psonice on 10/8/2008 4:04:54 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be so sure on that. I've not heard of any serious deployments at the biggest companies, but it seems to be getting at least some traction in the small/medium ones.

Where I work, we're seriously considering a move to iphones. We currently run blackberry enterprise server, and it seems changing to iphones would cut our costs quite a lot, and also cut the amount of support work. The 'missing features' don't seem to bother people - the reality is that most people use their smartphone for calendar, address book, and looking up information, not editing documents etc. Dunno if the switch to iphone will go ahead or not.

At my wife's company, which is a fair bit smaller, the directors have all got iphones now, and they're considering whether to roll them out to all of their staff. They use normal phones now, as blackberry is too expensive. The interesting part there is that the iphone was being pushed by the company they pay to run their IT systems, so presumably that company is pushing their other clients towards iphone too.

Anyway, to take a pretty simple view, for the smaller companies at least: blackberry means buying BES, which means extra expense and extra support. The iphone will also get the job done, but it'll plug into existing systems easily so it's cheap. I'd guess the end users will prefer it too - we get a lot of people bringing blackberries in because they've broken the software somehow, or can't figure out how to use it (and having used one, I can see why!)

By Souka on 10/10/2008 6:55:31 PM , Rating: 1
Enjoy charging your battery during the day.... unlike the Blackberry which is superior...

also... Blackberry uses push tech... often my Blackberry alerts me to new email before my outlook client tells me.

with the iPhone you'll kill your battery very quick if you try to do this....not as quick, but quick regardless, if you enabled sync every 15min or so....

RE: Oops, I ran over my old blackberry...
By robinthakur on 10/8/2008 5:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
Whilst that was the case in the past, we're at a point now with our company (a bank) that some offices are issuing iPhones on a trial with Apple's management software, and executives over in London regularly demand them along with other Apple products. Apple have certainly come a long way in this regard as I can't imagine the first iphone being so rapidly adopted by business.

I think this is the case because more and more people have iPhones now than they did, and you only need a senior person in management to see an iPhone in action and be impressed, for change to be rapidly affected. This reduces the iPhone's 'coolnessin exclusivity-cache' somewhat though. There were at least 5 other people I counted in the carriage on my daily commute this morning who had iPhones, and whilst I was the only one with a white variant, it considerably reduced my level of smugness for a few seconds. :) Strangers still have that unnerving habit of starting talking to you to ask "what the iphone's like" though. I guess Apple does its marketing job too well sometimes.

Generally you are right though. If I request a Bold I'll get it within 10 mins, if I request an iPhone it will take longer.

By drakore on 10/8/2008 9:44:21 AM , Rating: 2
Very true, at the end of the day the Blackberry will still be kind among big business. I also work at a bank, we considered trying out the iPhone, but at the end of the day security was a concerning issue.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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