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Blackberry Storm vs the iPhone 3G: Another iPhone Killer?

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When the iPhone was released almost a year and a half ago, it was a revolutionary phone because it was based on an all out touchscreen that could render the internet just like your computer’s browser. Throw in an all out iPod plus multimedia capabilities and Steve Jobs and his team created a winner. Apple set the bar really, really high and other companies had to play catch up.

Some of these so called “iPhone killers” dubbed by the media have turned out more to be iPhone duds. Specifically I’m talking about the Samsung Instinct and HTC Touch Diamond. Sorry guys, but you’ll have to try a bit harder to even surpass the design and intuitive touchscreen of the iPhone. However there is one new offer from Research in Motion that might challenge the iPhone 3G: enter the Blackberry Storm.

The Blackberry Storm is the newest offering from RIM that is button free and is based on a full touchscreen. It has a 3.2MP camera, GPS, 3G, Maps, built in video/audio player, and more. It is going to be available this holiday season from your friends at Telus (Verizon in the US is pricing it at $250US on a two year contract). How exactly will this new Blackberry fare against the iPhone 3G (from Rogers/Fido)? Only time will tell folks. One thing is for sure Apple seems to be selling more and more iPhones compared to Blackberries.

When Apple announced it sold over 10 million iPhones and surpassed sales of RIM’s Blackberry, many people were surprised at the numbers. It’s not that hard to believe though when you think about it. Design a phone that looks sexy all around and actually works, and that’s you get from the iPhone (although there are features lacking that we all crave). RIM has released the Bold, Pearl Flip, Storm, and upcoming Curve 8900 since May. Maybe they should be sticking to quality versus quantity?

People have been lining up to get their hands on the Storm and it was recently reviewed by Walt Mossberg, co-editor of AllthingsDigital. Here’s what he had to say about the Storm versus iPhone:

The Storm has some important advantages over the iPhone. Its screen, while 7 percent smaller physically, offers about 13 percent higher resolution. Photos and videos look beautiful on it. It has much better battery life for phone calls than either the iPhone or the Google G1. While the latter two phones deliver just under their claimed five hours of talk time, in my tests, the Storm lasted a bit over six hours, which is actually half an hour more than its claimed 5.5 hours of talk time. And the Storm has a removable battery, unlike its Apple rival.

Okay, let me also add in copy and paste, MMS, 3.2MP camera, and video recording. These are all the features iPhone users want desperately, but the Storm has them all out of the box.

Regardless, what it boils down to is buying the device that suits YOUR needs. But of course everybody love a cheap fanboy versus fanboy flame war. Just check out this following picture posted on BBGeeks.com (I giggled uncontrollably like a little school girl):

One thing is for sure, until companies can come up with a browser better than Mobile Safari, I’m going to be sticking to my iPhone 3G. šŸ™‚ So what do you guys think? Does RIM have a potential iPhone killer on its hands?

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  • Brian

    lol, you’re asking us, the iphone fans, whether the storm is a potential iphone killer? =P
    it will definitely attract some people, but i don’t think it has the potential to actually outsell the iphone. however, it gives apple a tiny wake up call about the little things the iphone is missing that i’m sure they are fully aware of. those who are with telus who can’t possibly afford to break their contract will now have an option to get a touchscreen phone that is somewhat comparable with the iphone. good for them =).

  • Brian

    lol, you’re asking us, the iphone fans, whether the storm is a potential iphone killer? =P
    it will definitely attract some people, but i don’t think it has the potential to actually outsell the iphone. however, it gives apple a tiny wake up call about the little things the iphone is missing that i’m sure they are fully aware of. those who are with telus who can’t possibly afford to break their contract will now have an option to get a touchscreen phone that is somewhat comparable with the iphone. good for them =).

  • Brian

    lol, you’re asking us, the iphone fans, whether the storm is a potential iphone killer? =P
    it will definitely attract some people, but i don’t think it has the potential to actually outsell the iphone. however, it gives apple a tiny wake up call about the little things the iphone is missing that i’m sure they are fully aware of. those who are with telus who can’t possibly afford to break their contract will now have an option to get a touchscreen phone that is somewhat comparable with the iphone. good for them =).

  • zorg

    I don’t believe the Storm has WiFi. Then again, neither doesn’t the stone!! Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t include wireless Internet.

  • zorg

    I don’t believe the Storm has WiFi. Then again, neither doesn’t the stone!! Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t include wireless Internet.

  • Nitar

    No wifi is a verizon code sadly.

  • Nitar

    No wifi is a verizon code sadly.

  • SSK13

    Wifi was an important selling factor for a student like me. I can’t afford a data plan but hey I can still access the internet.

    I have no doubt that Blackberry will make a better “phone”. However I think they just can’t compete with the “fun” element of the appstore and the ipod. Just depends what you want out of a phone in the end of the day. I don’t really give a crap about a camera on a phone since at 3.2 MP it still isn’t better than the actual camera i own.

    Hopefully this puts some pressure on Apple to release some of the features we want like MMS (even though I don’t care about that one). Props to RIM for being Canadian though šŸ˜›

  • SSK13

    Wifi was an important selling factor for a student like me. I can’t afford a data plan but hey I can still access the internet.

    I have no doubt that Blackberry will make a better “phone”. However I think they just can’t compete with the “fun” element of the appstore and the ipod. Just depends what you want out of a phone in the end of the day. I don’t really give a crap about a camera on a phone since at 3.2 MP it still isn’t better than the actual camera i own.

    Hopefully this puts some pressure on Apple to release some of the features we want like MMS (even though I don’t care about that one). Props to RIM for being Canadian though šŸ˜›

  • Leonard

    Firstly i love my iphone it doesnt compare to anything else, however working with cell phones i got my hands on a demo, and let me say OMG its actually comparable to the iphone, in general i find the iphone easier to use and the interface is nicer, but the little things that it offers make me think WOW, if the storm was cheap, and i mean like 50 bucks or less on a 3 year i would consider it in a head to head with the iphone.

  • Leonard

    Firstly i love my iphone it doesnt compare to anything else, however working with cell phones i got my hands on a demo, and let me say OMG its actually comparable to the iphone, in general i find the iphone easier to use and the interface is nicer, but the little things that it offers make me think WOW, if the storm was cheap, and i mean like 50 bucks or less on a 3 year i would consider it in a head to head with the iphone.

  • Leonard

    Firstly i love my iphone it doesnt compare to anything else, however working with cell phones i got my hands on a demo, and let me say OMG its actually comparable to the iphone, in general i find the iphone easier to use and the interface is nicer, but the little things that it offers make me think WOW, if the storm was cheap, and i mean like 50 bucks or less on a 3 year i would consider it in a head to head with the iphone.

  • Rey

    I’ve got a jailbroken iPhone so I can laugh at those who like to make fun of the iPhone for simple things I already have like MMS, or even video recording. I do, however, think these things should be included out of the box.

    As for the Storm, it has received some bad reviews from big sites:

    Not sure if this site will take url tags but here it goes…

    I think the Bold came closer to being a killer.

    I’ll agree that this will open Apple’s eyes with all the companies aiming for their heads, but the Storm is not the killer.

  • Rey

    I’ve got a jailbroken iPhone so I can laugh at those who like to make fun of the iPhone for simple things I already have like MMS, or even video recording. I do, however, think these things should be included out of the box.

    As for the Storm, it has received some bad reviews from big sites:

    Not sure if this site will take url tags but here it goes…





    I think the Bold came closer to being a killer.

    I’ll agree that this will open Apple’s eyes with all the companies aiming for their heads, but the Storm is not the killer.

  • techbliss

    I was thinking of switching from iPhone to BB Storm when I first read about it on some blog but I immediately changed my mind when I found out that the Storm does not have WiFI capability. Wow! I thought BB would have considered that as a high priority when they were designing the Storm. Being able to connect to WiFi is what attracted me to the iPhone 3G. I agree with Rey that once you jailbroke your iPhone 3G, there are a lot more apps out there that you can get such as video recording, MMS, etc. etc. I think that what makes the iPhone “fun”; the fact that you can customize it according to your own needs. With that being said, mine isn’t jailbroken and I am still happy with it. And I am patiently waiting for the soft-unlock – that would simply be amazing as I am planning a 3-weeks trip to Asia next year. Go DevTeam!!!!

  • techbliss

    I was thinking of switching from iPhone to BB Storm when I first read about it on some blog but I immediately changed my mind when I found out that the Storm does not have WiFI capability. Wow! I thought BB would have considered that as a high priority when they were designing the Storm. Being able to connect to WiFi is what attracted me to the iPhone 3G. I agree with Rey that once you jailbroke your iPhone 3G, there are a lot more apps out there that you can get such as video recording, MMS, etc. etc. I think that what makes the iPhone “fun”; the fact that you can customize it according to your own needs. With that being said, mine isn’t jailbroken and I am still happy with it. And I am patiently waiting for the soft-unlock – that would simply be amazing as I am planning a 3-weeks trip to Asia next year. Go DevTeam!!!!

  • I don’t think there will ever be another phone to take down the iPhone. It set the bar so high, for what a mobile device can do. In the case of the Storm, I think most people would take WIFI over copy/paste, MMS, and a better camera. If they had included WIFI, then we might have a competitor, but does the OS compare? Or is it just a Blackberry with a touch screen. I’m sure the Storm will have a market, but it’s not going to out-sell the iPhone.

  • I don’t think there will ever be another phone to take down the iPhone. It set the bar so high, for what a mobile device can do. In the case of the Storm, I think most people would take WIFI over copy/paste, MMS, and a better camera. If they had included WIFI, then we might have a competitor, but does the OS compare? Or is it just a Blackberry with a touch screen. I’m sure the Storm will have a market, but it’s not going to out-sell the iPhone.

  • I don’t think there will ever be another phone to take down the iPhone. It set the bar so high, for what a mobile device can do. In the case of the Storm, I think most people would take WIFI over copy/paste, MMS, and a better camera. If they had included WIFI, then we might have a competitor, but does the OS compare? Or is it just a Blackberry with a touch screen. I’m sure the Storm will have a market, but it’s not going to out-sell the iPhone.

  • I agree. It is entertaining seeing how these other companies are responding to the iPhone. Like most of you are saying…nice try, try again!! šŸ˜‰

  • I agree. It is entertaining seeing how these other companies are responding to the iPhone. Like most of you are saying…nice try, try again!! šŸ˜‰

  • I agree. It is entertaining seeing how these other companies are responding to the iPhone. Like most of you are saying…nice try, try again!! šŸ˜‰

  • Marko55

    Heh…heh…

    That is correct…we, of the jailbroken iphones out there have all of that…cameras. video…basically anything we ever want or need is already available or will be available to us. We have unlimited applications…unlimited creation…keep up to that Blackberry “breeze”.

    Mwah..hah…hah..haa

  • Marko55

    Heh…heh…

    That is correct…we, of the jailbroken iphones out there have all of that…cameras. video…basically anything we ever want or need is already available or will be available to us. We have unlimited applications…unlimited creation…keep up to that Blackberry “breeze”.

    Mwah..hah…hah..haa

  • Marko55

    Heh…heh…

    That is correct…we, of the jailbroken iphones out there have all of that…cameras. video…basically anything we ever want or need is already available or will be available to us. We have unlimited applications…unlimited creation…keep up to that Blackberry “breeze”.

    Mwah..hah…hah..haa

  • Guest

    I love the pic iPhone Fan LOL So true… šŸ˜›
    I am interested in the Blackberry Storm and since its with Telus, Im always game for canceling with Rogers and go back to Telus since I really liked there service and reception, etc. The only thing so far turning me away from the Storm, is no WIFI šŸ™ I still dont have any data plans with my 2G iPhone and always use WIFI LOL I dont wanna pay so much a month for my phone bill to add the data plan. I guess well wait and see once its released…

  • Dusty

    I love the pic iPhone Fan LOL So true… šŸ˜›
    I am interested in the Blackberry Storm and since its with Telus, Im always game for canceling with Rogers and go back to Telus since I really liked there service and reception, etc. The only thing so far turning me away from the Storm, is no WIFI šŸ™ I still dont have any data plans with my 2G iPhone and always use WIFI LOL I dont wanna pay so much a month for my phone bill to add the data plan. I guess well wait and see once its released…

  • Gucci

    So i had a chance to play with the storm as a good friend works for telus and get test phones.. the phone’s functionality was pretty damn good with the exception that the touch doenst seem to be as sencitive as the iphone, when scrolling through pages or pictures i found that you need to push on the screen.. seems to me that being touch screen there should be no pressure needed.. no so with the bb..

    i havent jailbroken my 3g but i do plan on it when possible on the the update. i also am planning on going on a trip to europ for six months but ill just use another iphone i have for that.. mms, i love mms, didnt even know it was possible to get on the iphone. and if you do im sure you have to have some sort of settings correct?.. please fill me in .. how do i go about getting mms on my phone

  • Gucci

    So i had a chance to play with the storm as a good friend works for telus and get test phones.. the phone’s functionality was pretty damn good with the exception that the touch doenst seem to be as sencitive as the iphone, when scrolling through pages or pictures i found that you need to push on the screen.. seems to me that being touch screen there should be no pressure needed.. no so with the bb..

    i havent jailbroken my 3g but i do plan on it when possible on the the update. i also am planning on going on a trip to europ for six months but ill just use another iphone i have for that.. mms, i love mms, didnt even know it was possible to get on the iphone. and if you do im sure you have to have some sort of settings correct?.. please fill me in .. how do i go about getting mms on my phone

  • Gucci

    So i had a chance to play with the storm as a good friend works for telus and get test phones.. the phone’s functionality was pretty damn good with the exception that the touch doenst seem to be as sencitive as the iphone, when scrolling through pages or pictures i found that you need to push on the screen.. seems to me that being touch screen there should be no pressure needed.. no so with the bb..

    i havent jailbroken my 3g but i do plan on it when possible on the the update. i also am planning on going on a trip to europ for six months but ill just use another iphone i have for that.. mms, i love mms, didnt even know it was possible to get on the iphone. and if you do im sure you have to have some sort of settings correct?.. please fill me in .. how do i go about getting mms on my phone

  • MACHOUKI

    Well, I like a lot of features of the iPhone but I really miss synchronizing my tasks and notes. I’d like to be able to edit office docs and do copy & paste.

    But there is somethign about the iPhone that still makes it the best. Until we really know what the Stom is made of…

  • MACHOUKI

    Well, I like a lot of features of the iPhone but I really miss synchronizing my tasks and notes. I’d like to be able to edit office docs and do copy & paste.

    But there is somethign about the iPhone that still makes it the best. Until we really know what the Stom is made of…

  • MACHOUKI

    Well, I like a lot of features of the iPhone but I really miss synchronizing my tasks and notes. I’d like to be able to edit office docs and do copy & paste.

    But there is somethign about the iPhone that still makes it the best. Until we really know what the Stom is made of…

  • Well who ever comes up with a iPhone look alike that has a blue tooth keyboard will have me. I am on iPhone but it is completely useless for answering email because it takes so long. Right now I would pay $199 for a wireless keyboard for my iphone. Er one like this.
    http://www.marky.com/misc/blackberry/bluetooth-keyboard/12s.jpg

  • Well who ever comes up with a iPhone look alike that has a blue tooth keyboard will have me. I am on iPhone but it is completely useless for answering email because it takes so long. Right now I would pay $199 for a wireless keyboard for my iphone. Er one like this.
    http://www.marky.com/misc/blackberry/bluetooth-keyboard/12s.jpg

  • Well who ever comes up with a iPhone look alike that has a blue tooth keyboard will have me. I am on iPhone but it is completely useless for answering email because it takes so long. Right now I would pay $199 for a wireless keyboard for my iphone. Er one like this.
    http://www.marky.com/misc/blackberry/bluetooth-keyboard/12s.jpg

  • dom

    i have played with both the iphone 3g nad the blackberry storm, the iphone is a better phone hans down. then i wen and played with the iphone and instinct and the instinct was the better phone hands down.
    HERES MY TOP 7 FAVORITE PHONES.
    1. SAMSUNG INSTINCT
    2. IPHONE 3G
    3. SAMSUNG OMNIA
    4. SAMSUNG ETERNITY
    5. HTC TOUCH DIAMOND
    6. BLACKBERRY STORM
    7. LG DARE.

    SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!!!!!
    TOP 7 BEST PHONES IN THT ORDER!

  • dom

    i have played with both the iphone 3g nad the blackberry storm, the iphone is a better phone hans down. then i wen and played with the iphone and instinct and the instinct was the better phone hands down.
    HERES MY TOP 7 FAVORITE PHONES.
    1. SAMSUNG INSTINCT
    2. IPHONE 3G
    3. SAMSUNG OMNIA
    4. SAMSUNG ETERNITY
    5. HTC TOUCH DIAMOND
    6. BLACKBERRY STORM
    7. LG DARE.

    SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!!!!!
    TOP 7 BEST PHONES IN THT ORDER!

  • dom

    i have played with both the iphone 3g nad the blackberry storm, the iphone is a better phone hans down. then i wen and played with the iphone and instinct and the instinct was the better phone hands down.
    HERES MY TOP 7 FAVORITE PHONES.
    1. SAMSUNG INSTINCT
    2. IPHONE 3G
    3. SAMSUNG OMNIA
    4. SAMSUNG ETERNITY
    5. HTC TOUCH DIAMOND
    6. BLACKBERRY STORM
    7. LG DARE.

    SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!!!!!
    TOP 7 BEST PHONES IN THT ORDER!

  • Rob

    There is no doubt that the 3G IPhone is an amazing smart cellphone.
    I really enjoy it alot.
    But let’s be realistic. The BB Storm is a better smart cellphone because of its add features hands down.
    I would trade the IPhone for a BB Storm in a minute just for the A2DP Bluetooth functionality.
    We could also compare the Push feature but lets not.
    MMS I don’t really use.
    The haptic touch in my opinion is superior so I’m not constantly clicking links while browsing the internet. So annoying.
    Full IM’s without having to pay for them.
    Removable battery for quick changing.
    As much storage room as the amount of SD cards that I can puchase.
    WiFi connection isn’t important as long as my data package is large enough.
    I never use wifi on my IPhone with my 6G package.
    And just to let you all know, even the BB Storm is not the best smart cellphone on the planet.
    If HTC didn’t shot itself in the foot the debate would have already been over.
    The HTC Touch HD is the best smart cellphone. Too bad we can’t get it over here on our 3G network. The reviews over in Europe already showed that the IPhone doesn’t even compare to it.

  • Rob

    There is no doubt that the 3G IPhone is an amazing smart cellphone.
    I really enjoy it alot.
    But let’s be realistic. The BB Storm is a better smart cellphone because of its add features hands down.
    I would trade the IPhone for a BB Storm in a minute just for the A2DP Bluetooth functionality.
    We could also compare the Push feature but lets not.
    MMS I don’t really use.
    The haptic touch in my opinion is superior so I’m not constantly clicking links while browsing the internet. So annoying.
    Full IM’s without having to pay for them.
    Removable battery for quick changing.
    As much storage room as the amount of SD cards that I can puchase.
    WiFi connection isn’t important as long as my data package is large enough.
    I never use wifi on my IPhone with my 6G package.
    And just to let you all know, even the BB Storm is not the best smart cellphone on the planet.
    If HTC didn’t shot itself in the foot the debate would have already been over.
    The HTC Touch HD is the best smart cellphone. Too bad we can’t get it over here on our 3G network. The reviews over in Europe already showed that the IPhone doesn’t even compare to it.

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