iPhone 3G [S] vs. BlackBerry Storm
I’ve had my iPhone 3G [S] for eight days now. So I felt compelled to write up a comparison with the object that it replaced: the BlackBerry Storm.
There is simply no comparison. The iPhone kicks the proverbial shit out of the Storm. And this is from someone who thought the Storm was pretty good. Here’s the story.
Since returning from the States in May 2006, I’d been using MDA Varios. I got the Vario II, and 18 months later, stupidly, replaced it with the Vario III. Now don’t get me wrong: I hated the first one—with a passion. It was big, bulky, the Windows Mobile O/S was slow. Its only redeeming feature was a proper keyboard that I used regularly. But in a moment of stupidity, I fell for some sales spiel about its infinitessimally-thinner successor, and walking into the shop with my out-of-contract Vario II, I came out of the shop with a new 18 month contract and a reduction in pocket bulge indiscernible to the naked eye—courtesy of the Vario III.
This replacement device gave up the ghost thanks to the force of a 32″ TV, so I adopted a BlackBerry Storm as a temporary measure. And for the three months or so I used it, I liked it. I liked the fact that the screen gave a physical response. And the O/S was a huge improvement over Microsoft’s.
But now I have the iPhone 3G [S]. And there will be no turning back.
The user interface is simply sublime. Everything is so logical, so expected, so beautiful. There is a consistency between the way in which applications are navigated that makes everything so familiar. And, just like Apple’s computer OS, there are little touches that make everything so sleek. When you get to the bottom of a list, for example, the screen tries to go slightly further than the end of the list, before jumping back just a tad when you lift your finger—a tiny feature, but one filled with beauty.
I thought I’d miss the physical response of the Storm’s keyboard. But I don’t. The iPhone comes with a much more intuitive and intelligent auto-correct feature to cater for typos, and the fact that the “keys” on the iPhone jump up in front of you each time they’ve been hit means that you know what you’ve typed. Rarely do I need to go back to correct mistakes I’ve made. And on the few times I do, the interface for backtracking is logical and easy to use.
And, most importantly of all, you’ve got the App. Store: a wealth of applications, free and otherwise, to download at your leisure. Something that was severely lacking in BlackBerry’s RIM world.
My only gripes are as follows:
- The Google Apps Mail application doesn’t tell me when I’ve got new mail—I have to actively go into the mail app. to find out whether there’s anything new for me to read
- The Yahoo! weather isn’t particularly accurate or informative—a single icon for the day. Time to download a new application, me thinks
- I’ve not yet got my head around the tabs in Safari. All seems a bit muddled and random.
But all in all, it’s absolutely lovely. And I thoroughly recommend the Griffin Wave to keep your little bundle of joy safe and sound. £10.50 on Amazon, as opposed to Carphone Warehouse’s “£20 reduced from £27”.