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BlackBerry Storm a safer bet than the iPhone

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BlackBerry StormiPhone from Apple has developed a new standard for the smartphone industry. With it’s amazing touchscreen, full featured html browser, google maps with GPS, enterprise email support, ipod, stocks, weather, calendar, application store, etc etc, it has wooed millions of people from across the globe.

But even with it’s extensive feature list, there are a few key elements missing from the iPhone, some of which the BlackBerry Storm may do better than the iPhone thereby making it a safer bet than the iPhone.

For all those Californians out there, ever tried using you iPhone while driving? All is fine, when you get a call, but ever wanted to make a call to someone? Yep, it can get a bit messy. Or how about trying out the Google Maps with GPS on your iPhone when you are driving alone. The ease of use may be the best in the market, but when you are truly lost, your iPhone can just get you into a terrible accident.

It’s nice to have a smartphone which does all those neat things like what the iPhone does. But it takes a nasty turn when you try to truly use some of the main features that enrolled it into the smartphone category.

(For all the iPhone lovers out there… you may not want to read on….) BlackBerry Storm has addressed some of the features that are missing or under-utilized in the iPhone making it a safer bet as listed below

  1. Voice Dial:- Many of you may argue that we do have the same functionality in iPhone. It’s just a matter of downloading an App (like Who or VoiceBoxDial) from the App Store. But all these applications are not truly integrated like in the BlackBerry Storm. A dedicated button on the BlackBerry Storm makes this functionality better and eventually safer than the iPhone while driving.
  2. VZ Navigator by VerizonTurn by turn navigation: – This is one feature I am yet to see on the iPhone. I have not seen any application on the app store that can do this for the iPhone. But guess what? BlackBerry Storm does this right out of the box. It’s true that Verizon would charge for this kind of functionality. But it’s safer than what Google Maps can do for the iPhone right now.
  3. Bluetooth Support – Phone Book Access Profile(PBAP):- Phone Book Access Profile allows exchange of Phone Book Objects between devices using Bluetooth. This feature would allow a compatible Car Kit to extract contact information from the phone. You would be able to see the caller information on the Car kit before you decide to pick up the call. BlackBerry Storm supports this profile where as iPhone does not. So, if your iPhone is kept in your pocket or purse, good luck trying to navigate your car in traffic with one hand on the steering wheel and the other hand in your pocket or purse.
  4. Multitasking – Imagine if your neighborhood is a victim of fire or is in the path of a wild raging fire. Or if you are driving on a freeway and there is a police car chase just a few miles behind you getting closer and closer to you, wouldn’t it be nice if your phone could alert you? Well, if iPhone did support Multitasking, then applications could be built that could alert you regarding an impending fire in your neighborhood or a police car chase a mile away from you. BlackBerry Storm does support Multitasking and this feature can be available to BlackBerry Storm but not the iPhone.

iPhone 3GThere are other unsupported features that make the iPhone less smarter than the average smartphone out there. While some are said to be in development either by Apple or AT&T, the others may not be supported by iPhone at this time.

  1. Cut and Paste: – How smart can a smartphone be without this feature?
  2. Tethered Modem: – This feature would allow you to use your phone as an Internet Modem. AT&T may have this feature out for iPhone but as of now, you will need to hack your iPhone to get this working.
  3. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) via Bluetooth: – This profile is designed to transfer a uni-directional 2-channel stereo audio music to a compatible headset. While BlackBerry Storm supports this, iPhone does not and there is no news of this being added to iPhone as of yet. 
  4. Serial Port Profile(SPP) via Bluetooth:- This profile emulates a serial cable to provide a simply implemented wireless replacement for existing RS-232 based serial communications applications, including familiar control signals. This profile would allow a device to wireless send/receive files via Bluetooth. iPhone at present is unable to send/receive any data (applications, contacts, files) to another phone using Bluetooth. BlackBerry Storm supports this right out of the box.
  5. bbstorm-cameraDownload files via built-in browser:- While iPhone allows only images to be downloaded, BlackBerry Storm is said to allow downloading of files including Microsoft Office files like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  6. Video Recording Support.
  7. Built-in Flash.

Of course BlackBerry has made a blunder by not providing Wi-Fi on the Storm. I know I would prefer Wi-Fi especially because at my home the 3G Signals suck. BlackBerry has to hope that Verizon has a better Network than AT&T if they want to sell their Phone without Wi-Fi.

In the end, it all boils down to what you would do most with your phone. But if you are paying the price to get a smartphone, you should get a phone that is smart enough to do all that you want to do and maybe more….

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Written by vsa1977

November 18, 2008 at 3:19 am

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  1. Hey, I really enjoyed reading your message about BB Storm. I ordered one after I tried a Iphone. I didn’t like the iphone for 1 distinct reason. No voice commands. I did like that it could stream Pandora.com but that’s about it. It seems you know a lot about the Storm, my concern is streaming some sort of music. I have a subscription to Rhapsody, I’ve had for years. I also like slacker and imeem. What can you tell me about any of these. I understand Rhapsody has something to do with BB but I am not sure what. I learned searchme also does streaming but I don’t know how to change the music. Any light on this would be helpful..

    Jeuke

    November 19, 2008 at 4:10 am

  2. Hi Jeuke,

    Am glad you liked my article. I have answers to some of your queries.

    It seems that Slacker and Imeem may be working on a solution for BlackBerry mobiles.

    As far as the BlackBerry Storm with Verizon is concerned, the Storm will support Verizon’s V Cast Music and Mobile TV services, though not immediately at launch.

    You may also want to have a look at the following links

    Music related applications ‘Built for BlackBerry’

    http://na.blackberry.com/eng/builtforblackberry/music.jsp

    Slacker and RIM Partner to enable Personal Radio on BB Smartphones

    http://www.slacker.com/press/release/09112008-rim/

    I am not too sure about Pandora though. I have not heard anything about Pandora App for BB Smartphones, but am sure they will eventually come out with one as the BB customer base increases with the Storm.

    Hope this helps…

    vsa1977

    November 19, 2008 at 7:14 am

  3. WiFi in the near future for the Storm?

    Jez 31

    November 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm

  4. Hi Jez 31,

    Maybe. But I guess it is network provider specific. BlackBerry Storm was made for Vodafone(UK) & Verizon and maybe they did not want the Storm to have Wi-Fi access. But due to the immense demand RIM might just consider it.

    vsa1977

    November 24, 2008 at 8:26 am

  5. Nice rundown of the feature lists, but “safer?” Really? The iPhone is a proven commodity and the Storm (just got mine today) looks like a slumsy wannabe in comparison. I’m counting on the more robust Exchange support and longer battery life, but your list of missing iPhone features fails to take into account the subjective differences in the look and feel of the two devices.

    If iPhone is a Porsche, the Storm is a Buick. It may be “safe” but it’s just not as much fun.

    Jindo Fox

    November 26, 2008 at 5:20 am

  6. “Phone Book Access Profile allows exchange of Phone Book Objects between devices using Bluetooth. This feature would allow a compatible Car Kit to extract contact information from the phone. You would be able to see the caller information on the Car kit before you decide to pick up the call. BlackBerry Storm supports this profile where as iPhone does not.”

    Actually this is not true…. my iPhone contact list does show up on the my BT capable Garmin GPS and I can dial from it easily.

    As far as overall safety, I suppose if you must have access to all functions on your phone without ever stopping to pull over, there may be some benefits to these features however but IMO not enough to kill the iphone.

    Cunarder

    November 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm

  7. I see nothing that made me want to kill off my iPhone just yet.
    As a multi-media artist, iPhone has proven to be the perfect cutting edge device for displaying my art & animation portfolio.
    Give up the smooth ease of web browsing, Wi-Fi, amazing iPod, and 6,000 killer Apps for “Cut/Past and vid/cam” ???

    Mnnnn…. I don’t think so.

    Overvision

    November 28, 2008 at 3:09 am

  8. Well done people,

    I’ve been reading reviews that go from completely neg to loving the storm.

    IMO it’s all about your personal prefrence give it time I feel the storm will be a everything i need, couple glitches here and there I’m not worried about. Nothing updates wont fix.

    I think people were very harsh on the storm on previous websites but I would find it rediculous to base my opinion about a smartphone from a random person I know nothing about.

    Not to mention right when it comes out, I wonder how many iphones were sent back or were bashed the first couple of weeks

    Patrick

    December 13, 2008 at 7:51 pm

  9. very late reply to the poster above;
    Overvision, I like you claim yourself is a multimedia artist. I would never, in the right mind, would use a phone to display any work-related material. It is very unprofessional and you would probably come off as a sales representative for Apple. Besides that, the screen size will not do justice, given that the work is really exceptional, I’m sure that you already own a laptop to do that work for you. In regards to web browsing, Wi-Fi, 6000 killer apps, you are looking to drain your battery life by consistently having to recharge it. What happens then, oh dud, buy another one. It’s okay, keep defending your iphone, but when that battedy dies out, there would be nothing to. Just like your FIRST ipod.

    QualcomX

    December 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm


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