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:

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”.


5 Responses to “iPhone 3G [S] vs. BlackBerry Storm”

  1. Kate Congreve on June 27th, 2009 23:38

    Oh Dear… you really are in love arn’t you…? Lets meet in the canteen next week to share and spread the i-phone 3GS love.
    PS yeah get a better weather app. : ) x

  2. Katya on July 1st, 2009 10:42

    You can try and use Firefox or Mozilla instead of Safari. I have Mac computer for 5 years now and the laptop and Safari always failed me, unfortunately. So using Firefox for Mac or iPhone will be much easier and simpler!
    Also photo app iPhoto is very poor for Mac still…

  3. neal on July 3rd, 2009 17:30

    Ok, so what about the comparison of the mail features between the two. I am told that the mail functions are dismal compared to the storm’s. Is that true?

  4. Dan on July 3rd, 2009 22:37

    I can only comment on configuring GMail with each.

    On the BB, GMail was fine. I used the client application, and things worked well. It notified me of new mail, and allowed me to fully manage my email from the mobile device.

    On the iPhone, I started out using the Google Apps download. It was frustrating. I could only use it when connected, and the connection delayed things unacceptably. I was surprised that Google hadn’t released a client app., but had rather gone with a browser-based interface—despite having released a client-side app. for the BB.

    I subsequently instead configured the native iPhone mail client to talk to GMail, and this is a much more pleasing experience. It doesn’t come with the threading of GMail, but that’s not the end of the world.

  5. Sascha Rojtas on July 4th, 2009 20:24

    You can set the iPhone to check your mail in regular intervals, just go to settings and tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Then tap on Fetch new data (it may say push beside it), and tap the fetch interval there (mine is 15 minutes). Then your iPhone will check your mail to the interval you set.

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