The Real Winner Of The Mobile Wars: Blackberry Curve VS IPhone 2009

Unfortunately the debate as to what the best mobile phone may be is highly irrelevant. Sure taking a top flight smart, video, picture, and strong multi media phone may be a lot of fun for Twitter in some ways technology still has not delivered the nugget. Smart phones are still in Beta mode. But the companies know that the hype is all that they need. (On the other hand your iPhone may save your life.)
My dream phone would be as adapted to the mobile environment as computers are now into that environment.

These phones still have incredible features and are a part of a fast evolving mobile technology revolution. (one that takes our money and gives us nothing)

First case in point. We have the iPhone which is one of the most attractive, fluid and advanced American Based phones. (I could only image what phones I could buy in Japan) The iPhone pushed the limits of reinventing the touch pad, and essentially scaled down a web browser to the iPhone. The iPhone has a powerful satellite connection where people can remotely surf the web, check email in the cloud, and text and send media to their friends. The iPhone is well ahead of its time.

What are some reasons not to buy the iPhones:
1. iPhones are extremely expensive. We can for instance post pictures and videos on the web from the free phones that the phone companies give with a plan.

2. The power issue is an on going hurdle for Apple to overcome.

3. You want little buttons.

4. The phone bricks up, but all mobile devices do this so the iPhone is not unique. This is also related to your mobile carrier. So if you can never seem to do what the person does in the commercial I bet I know which company you use! Just kidding but not all phone companies are the same. Choose wisely.

5. The phone has too many features and is too simple. You perfer a more simple time when all we did on phones was live chat.

The arch nemesis of the iPhone which may be the Blackberries took the concept of a regular cell phone, smoothed out the rough edges and added more features and in some models many more buttons. I really like how the Blackberry has many models unlike the iPhone that produces really just one model(sorta 2) per generation.(in larger and smaller size of phone and data capacity) The Blackberry has a battery life that borders on 7 hours which is great for such a powerful phone. Blackberry like the iPhone is a good data transfer phone through the net or even connected to a computer.

What are some reasons not to buy the Blackberry line of phones:

1. In many ways they are similar to any other phone in feel, function, and manoeuvrability. This means that you can't really surf the web but you can use it and sometimes faster than the iPhone.

2. The iPhone and G1 phone are aestetically more pleasing. Think round edges and glowy touch screens! This can be important if you are trying to brand yourself in the business world.

3. The buttons are hard to press that many companies chasing the revolution have done much better.

4. The Blackberry can be more frustrating than the iPhone because it is not very fluid on the web or doing the phone functions. This command delay can be frustrating.

The new kid on the block in the mobile wars is Google's G1(next gen Ion also) Android powered phone. This phone was open source and drew inspiration from tablet computers, the Blackberry, and the iPhone. The G1 Google phone Android technology is currently being employed to other companies. This will probably be the future of smart phone production that the companies will exchange technology to close the gap on the many common smart phone problems. In many ways this phone fused the two but still has functionality, scaling, power, control and other basic problems that smart phones are still working out.

Reasons not to buy the Google G1 Phone: This Android phone is first generation. With the Google talent we all expect the second or 3rd gen Google phones to blow all of the competition out of the water. Also Google seems to love giving away free things. Could computers and phones be next? I am preying for that day to happen.

The next set of phones are the late adaptor clones. There are so many of these but they do represent a great monetary value. If you buy these which on contract they are usually cheap or free you realize that a year from now technology will outrun your phone anyways. Many of these do many of the same things that the phones above do and in some cases a bit 'slower.' On the flip site many clones have internet and multimedia technology comparable to high end smart phones for a fraction of the price. The trade off may be in how the phone runs but if price is an issue there are amazing budget phones that can act like a Blackberry, IPhone or Google phone without the wallet draining price.

Reasons to buy the clones:

Some of these phones may be a laughable pieced together puzzle of different features of different phones but many are doing quite well. I really like how many phones bring powerful browsers like Microsoft my personal favorite computer software and internet company.

Reasons to buy clones:

1. Affordability and convienence.

2. You can do many of the same things that their more expensive relatives can do.

3. You can get on the internet with a low price barrier. (often spooled in with other fees like texting, data exchange, and gps)

Reasons not to buy many clones:

Because many are coming out with new and improved models soon that may bust the big players for a tiny price fraction.

What are some of the mobile wild cards?

Keep an eye out on the Palm phones as well as the Black Jacks. Both are going through major changes this year.

Other rising stars in the smart phone wars are Sony, Mobiado, Nokia, Quallcomm, LG, Koolu, Ericsson, HTC, eNV, General Mobile, RIM, Alcatel, Toshiba, Hitachi, IBM, Mivvy, Modu, and the list goes on forever. It seems like every engineer, tech, electrical and computer company is trying to get a foot in the mobile door.

There are also companies that have many regular phones(like motorola) for people who have a perfect little computer and connect type of card and do not want to waste money on making their phone smart. (this is the cheapest and most powerful way to the mobile net to date.)

To conclude the mobile phones will mature around 10 to 20 years from now. Google is obviously the player that is really sending the competition into overdrive. I expect that many overseas companies will do much better and America will see a more wide spread distribution of many companies that at the moment I am not familiar with but have big market shares in other countries across the globe. The internet is changing with the intruduction of the wave which will play into mobile technology and I suspect that the internet will adapt quicker to mobile phones than mobile phones to the internet. Apps are going to evolve and become much more useful than at present. Once again probably Google will drive this home. And finally besides having robots in our phones I predict that there will come a time when we will not even have mobile phones. I suspect more people will use innovations like Google's wave to just communicate camera to camera on small computers. This will happen when innovation outstrips money and the roof will fall which will happen sooner than we all think. But don't throw away your phones yet because much like TV's we love to hold on to (and waste cash on) useless technology forever!

For furthur reading see:

Engadget Mobile

Mobile Crunch


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