So, it seems to me that almost everybody has a Blackberry. First, of interest only to workaholics who obsessively checked emails, now even François is on BB!
Why? Because they are SO cool! Seriously, the Blackberry platform is exceedingly stable and reliable. It seamlessly combines a well functioning phone with a mobile office built on ‘push’ technology. BB ‘pushes’ your email from multiple email accounts to your phone.
The Pearl, Curve, Bold and soon to be available locally Storm, all boast a bright, sharp colour display, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi for super fast browsing and Bluetooth with Fort Knox type security.
But what makes it really cool is BB Messenger. Sure, most BB’s come preloaded with computer based instant messenger services like Yahoo!, MSN and Google Talk, but they all use data transfer which may be at a cost. BB Messenger is handset to handset from EVERYWHERE at no extra cost.
Cooler still, you can send voice notes and pictures through BB IM. Coolest of all! You can have multiple participants in one conversation or multiple conversations.
As for the iPhone, this is true touch technology, like we were introduced to on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Like the BB, the iPhone can make and receive calls, but iPhone is so the wrong name for this palm top computer. You can listen to music, watch recorded TV and movies, send and receive email and text messages, run all sorts of really cool aps, browse the internet, take pictures, view maps and satellite images (almost out of breath). But, Bluetooth is a problem, stability is a problem, cut and pasting is a problem.
My verdict, the iPhone is a great entertainment device; the BB is a great business tool. Good thing for me, I have both.
Challenge: Which is better?