8 Reasons to go with the Storm, 8 reasons to go with the iPhone
In case you haven’t heard (and you might not of, this is a new Blackberry not a new iPhone) the Blackberry Storm is coming out this week on November 21st. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the new Storm and how it compares to the iPhone. There will be useful lists which discuss each and every little difference in the spec sheets that will try and make it seem as though people are choosing between the iPhone and Bold as though they were trying to pick stocks. This stock has a trailing PE ration of…..
Don’t believe it for a second. The differences between an iPhone and a Bold, for the vast majority of consumers, comes down to the network. Or more precisely, the decision comes down to “I am friggin stuck at Verizon, what phone do they have that is most like the iPhone?” I come to this conclusion by a simple study: On the refrigerator there is a bit of direct mail announcing the Bold and the get in on date. I’ve got an iPhone so I don’t need the reminder. The wife is tied to Verizon but really wants an iPhone. She’ll settle for the Bold and hope it’s iPhone enough (sample size=1, MOE=0).
Back to the predictable punditry comparing the two devices. Today’s list (and I’m sure there will be more) comes from Al Sacco at CIO.com. Al does a great job at making the lists interesting and both lists are worth your time to read (even if not relevant to most consumers). here ae the reasons to go iPhone:
1. It‚Äôs now second-generation
2. Built-in memory
3. iTunes App Store
4. iTunes integration
5. Full QWERTY (virtual) keyboard
6. Wi-Fi support
7. iPod media player
8. Safari browser
The list leaves out the obvious reason: You hate Verizon but does offer some solid reasons in favor of the iPhone. Though the biggest one is a little understated. Safari clocks in at #8 (but with the way the list reads it could equally be #1) and it is the reason (other than the carriers) to go with the iPhone. Steve Jobs said that calling had to be the killer app on the iPhone but he was kind of lying. A tolerable phone had to be present but the killer app is browse anywhere, anytime. Safari is the reason people were really excited about the iPhone and the reason people who’ve got an iPhone can’t imagine life without it.
If the iPhone has eight reasons going for it, the Storm better have eight advantages as well (symmetry is always nice with lists). And it does:
1. Stereo Bluetooth capability
2. Removable battery
3. Expandable memory
4. Video recording
5. Works as a tethered modem
6. Tactile feedback
7. Copy and paste
Again, the biggest reason people will go Storm is Verizon so the list misses the most obvious one. But what about the other points? Stereo Bluetooth Capability? I guess it is marginally better but wireless headphone have terrible reputation for sound quality so I doubt that is going to persuade anyone. The removable battery? I can see the appeal to people stuck on the road, nothing is quite as frustrating as needing your phone and not having it available. Reason 5 is suspect because tethering should be an option with your iPhone shortly. Finally, the Storm has the thing every iPhone user desperately wants: copy and paste. Why o they want copy and paste? Because copying and pasting is very useful when browsing the net. An incorrectly formatted link isn’t clickable but is pasteable. Of course it might not be such a boon on the Storm because Al tells us that the iPhone is way ahead in the browsing department.
So there’s a some reasons to justify your decision. And you know you’ll have to, when people see you rocking the iPhone or the Storm they’ll ask you: “What the hell dude, are you that freakin’ addicted to the net?” and you’ll say “Yes” They’ll retort: “Then why not get get a iPhone/Storm” and you can reply with one of the reasons listed. Or you could just tell the truth and say “AT&T sucks” and/or “I want complete strangers to know I’m wayyyy cool”
Well, I believe everyone has a point about both phones and both carriers. Me personally would never give up Verizon or a Blackberry for an iphone or AT&T. The iphone is a gorgeous phone, has amazing features but nothing compares to the blackberry secured and easy interface. I believe the Storm will be even better than the curve and the features will make this device a true iphone competitor. It’s really up to each individual preference to know which one is the best. Once the phone is out we will have a better idea.
What about multitouch and gesturing? That didn’t come up? iCal sync? All of these are lifelines for me as I tend to travel 90% of the year on business.
The Storm will be much like the DARE in my opinion, only blackberried to the brim with their features and RIM software instead of the silly LG interface.
(P.S.)8gb 2g iPhone user in case you wondered
Bought it this time last year…never looked back.
For those of us stuck with a Groupwise mail system, it’s Storm hands down.
“In case you havenít heard (and you might not of”
should be “and you might not have”
My biggest gripe about the iPhone is the missing features in all the Standard Apple apps. Can’t forward a text message (If only we could copy & paste into a new text message). Can’t delete individual entries in the recent call logs. Can’t save or email Notes (on PC platform). Can’t send or receive contacts, notes, calendar events, etc. Limited repeat options and alert options for calendar events. No search in calendar. Limited search in contacts (can’t search all fields). Can’t add music to slide shows… The list goes on. Having two dozen 3rd party apps to fill in the void is not the answer. Glad to see that iPhone now has 2 strong competitors (Storm and G1). Hope they will pressure Apple enough to tweak the interface.
Ah, the iPhone Matters readers are better at coming up with reasons than Al. You guys should get together and make a really great list. Leave your reasons in the comments and I’ll copy and paste them (obviously without the aid of an iPhone) into a post.
Never underestimate what you can learn from actual users.