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BlackBerry Storm Vs. Apple iPhone – Detailed Comparison

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It’s good news for all the BlackBerry fans out there, Verzion Confirms November 21st as the Release Date for BlackBerry Storm. But before you go out and get your new smartphone, you may want to know a little bit more of how the Storm differs with Apple iPhone 3G.

Listed below is a detailed comparison between Apple iPhone 3G and BlackBerry Storm.

Technical Specifications
  iPhone 3G BlackBerry Storm
Size and weight    
Height 4.5 inches / 115.5 mm 4.43″ / 112.5mm
Width 2.4 inches / 62.2 mm 2.45″ / 62.2mm
Depth 0.48 inch / 12.3 mm 0.55″ / 13.95mm
Weight 4.7 ounces / 133 grams 5.5 ounces / 155 grams
 
Color 8GB model: Black 1GB model: Black
  16GB model: Black or white  
 
Memory    
Expandable Memory No Yes, MicroSD card (upto 16 GB)
Onboard/Flash Memory 8GB or 16GB flash drive 1 GB (Onboard) / 128 MB (Flash)
 
Cellular Networks    
UMTS/HSDPA – 850 MHz Yes No
UMTS/HSDPA – 1900 MHz Yes No
UMTS/HSDPA – 2100 MHz Yes Yes
GSM/EDGE – 850 MHz (North America) Yes Yes
GSM/EDGE – 900 MHz (North America) Yes Yes
GSM/EDGE – 1800 MHz (Europe/Asia Pacific) Yes Yes
GSM/EDGE – 1900 MHz (Europe/Asia Pacific) Yes Yes
CDMA2000 1X Ev-DO – 800 MHz No Yes
CDMA2000 1X Ev-DO – 1900 MHz No Yes
 
Wireless    
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Bluetooth® v2.0; stereo headset,phone book access profile, serial port profile supported
Headset support to handle calls Yes Yes
Stream music to bluetooth headset No Yes
Transfer files to other phones using bluetooth No Yes
Transfer files to computer using bluetooth No Yes
Transfer contacts using bluetooth No Yes
Synchronize Data to computer using bluetooth No Protocol supported. Depends on software provided.
 
GPS (Built in) Yes, Assisted GPS Yes (Rumors are that Verizon have disabled built in GPS to promote their VZ Navigator Service)
Map Software Yes, Google Maps BlackBerry Maps
Turn by turn directions No Yes, VZ Navigator (expect paid service)
 
Display    
Screen Size 3.5-inch 3.25-inch
Resolution High resolution 480 x 320 pixel color High resolution 480 x 360 pixel color
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Multi-touch Yes Yes
Clickable No Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Data not available
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously Yes Data not available
 
Multimedia (Audio)    
Audio Frequency response 20Hz to 20,000Hz Data not available
Audio formats supported    
AAC Yes Yes
Protected AAC Yes No
MP3 Yes Yes
MP3 VBR Yes Data not available
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4) Yes Data not available
Apple Lossless Yes Data not available
AIFF Yes Data not available
WAV Yes Data not available
WMA No (use iTunes to convert) Yes
WMA ProPlus Data not available Yes
AAC+ Data not available Yes
eAAC+ Data not available Yes
Ringtones (Polyphonic)    
MIDI Yes Yes
MP3 No Yes
AAC Yes No
User Downloadable Ringtones Yes (must purchase from iTunes @$1.99) Yes
Sync Songs with iTunes Yes, using iTunes (Windows & Mac) Yes, using BlackBerry Media Sync with iTunes (Windows Only)
     
     
Multimedia (Video)    
Video formats supported    
H.264 H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Yes
MPEG4 MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats H.263
Part 2 Simple Profile
WMV No Yes
 
Input / Output    
Screen    
Touch Screen Yes Yes, SurepressTM
Copy and Paste data No Yes
On screen keyboard Yes Yes
Portrait SureType® and Multi-tap, Landscape QWERTY
 
Audio / Microphone    
3.5mm Stereo headphone jack (Standard headphone jack) Yes Yes
Speakerphone Yes Yes
Voice dial No (download custom applications) Yes, dedicated button provided
Record voice notes No Yes
 
Video / Camera    
Built in camera Yes Yes
Camera resolution 2.0 megapixels 3.2 megapixels
Digital Zoom No Yes, 2x digital zoom
Flash No Yes
Cature Picture Yes Yes
Capture Video No Yes
Photo geotagging Yes Data not available
 
 
Power / Battery    
Standby Time Up to 300 hours Up to 15 days
Talk time Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours on 2G
Up to 5.5 hours
Internet use time Up to 5 hours on 3G
Up to 6 hours on Wi-Fi
Data not available
Video playback time Up to 7 hours Data not available
Audio playback time Up to 24 hours Data not available
User removable battery No Yes
 
Communication    
Email, Messaging and Chat    
SMS (Text) Yes Yes
MMS (Multimedia) No Yes
Email Integrations    
Microsoft® Exchange Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
IBM® Lotus® Domino® Data not available BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
Novell® GroupWise® No BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
Personal email account Yes Yes
POP 3 Connectivity Yes Yes
IMAP Connectivity Yes Data not available
Push Email Limited availability
Yahoo
.Mac (Mobileme)
Data not available
Chat Application Support Downloadable custom applications (push support in development) Yes
Windows Live™ Messenger No Yes
Yahoo® Messenger No Yes
AOL® Instant Messenger® No Yes
ICQ® No Yes
Email attachment support Images – .jpg, .tiff, .gif
Documents – .doc, .docx, .pages
Web Pages – .htm and .html
Presentation – .ppt and .pptx, .key (Keynote);
Excel – .xls and .xlsx, .numbers (Numbers);
Adobe – .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat);
Text – .txt
Contact Info – .vcf
JPEG,
Adobe® PDF,
Microsoft® Word
Microsoft Excel®
Microsoft® PowerPoint®
Other formats: Data not available
Edit Documents No Microsoft® Word and Microsoft Excel® (limited functionality: Copy and paste, change font size, colour bullets, numbering and more)
Synchronize Data with PC    
System Requirements PC with USB 2.0 port         

Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later

iTunes 7.7 or later

PC with USB or serial port
With a USB port: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista™ including x64 bit support         

With a serial port: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista

Optional Bluetooth® connection on computer with Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher

Multimedia (music, videos, photos) Yes, using iTunes only Yes, using iTunes with BlackBerry Media Sync
Business (calendar, contacts) Yes, using iTunes only Yes, BlackBerry Desktop Software
Applications Yes, using iTunes only Yes, BlackBerry Desktop Software
Synchronize Data with Mac    
System Requirements Mac computer with USB 2.0 port         

Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later

iTunes 7.7 or later

Data not available
Multimedia (music, videos, photos) Yes, using iTunes only Data not available
Business (calendar, contacts) Yes, using iTunes only Yes, BlackBerry for Mac
Applications Yes, using iTunes only Data not available
Browser file download support No Yes (limited)
Browser Flash files support (.swf) No Data not available
Background processing support (run multiple apps at the same time) Limited only to iPod feature in iPhone Yes
 
Hardware (Input / Output)    
Data transfer (computer) 30-pin doc connector Micro usb port
Built-in speaker Yes Yes
Built-in microphone Yes Yes
3.5mm audio out jack Yes Yes
Volume up/down Yes Yes
Home / Escape key Yes, Home Key Yes, Escape Key
Call key No Yes, dedicated key
Menu key No Yes, dedicated key
Sleep key Yes, dedicated key Yes, dedicated key
Mute Key No Yes
Voice dial key No (Voice dial not supported natively) Yes
Camera key No Yes
Lock key Yes Yes
 
Security    
Password protection and screen lock Yes Yes
Sleep mode No Yes
Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server No Yes
FIPS 140-2 Compliant (FIPS Validation in Progress) No Yes
Optional support for S/MIME No Yes

Note: The above mentioned technical detail is for information only. This data is not to be used to for decision making.

References:
1) http://blackberry.vodafone.co.uk/storm/specifications/
2) http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
3) http://www.blackberry.com/blackberrystorm/specifications.shtml

If you find something missing or wrong, you could post a comment and I will make sure I will update the same.

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Written by vsa1977

November 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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  1. Does that mean I have to use AT & T as my iPhone service provider Yes. Evelin Enterprise

    Evelin Enterprise

    November 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm


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