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MacBytes
Jan 17, 2007, 02:48 PM
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aristobrat
Jan 17, 2007, 03:03 PM
I hate trick questions like that. :D

apfhex
Jan 17, 2007, 03:14 PM
What's with the picture of the Linksys iPhone next to the Apple one?

They don't even mention monthly fees... but I don't know who'd pick the Blackberry over the iPhone (in this case, since it probably wouldn't be for professional purposes). :D

Mal
Jan 17, 2007, 03:36 PM
LOL, even though the poll was horribly done and obviously trying to push people towards the Pearl, the iPhone is at 90%. Duh. What's this guy trying to prove here?

jW

Stella
Jan 17, 2007, 03:45 PM
A Perl, definitely, its more flexible due to no controlled 3rd party software environment.

OK, so the GUI may not be as good, but looks aren't everything.


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IEatApples
Jan 17, 2007, 04:15 PM
The iPhone! :)

...(Stupid question). :D

Silentwave
Jan 17, 2007, 04:20 PM
iPhone for sure. Some of my friends and relatives have the Pearl and I can't stand it!

j_maddison
Jan 17, 2007, 04:26 PM
I've sold Pearls, and I currently own one. If you're not looking to have corporate e mail, I have to say its a pretty terrible device. Its not the most user friendly phone in the world and its not as quick as a nokia for predictive text input. Its a big improvement over previous Blackberry offerings, but for consumers I'd say there are much better phones on the market. Just my opinion.

I'd take the iphone everyday, and i personally don't see why the lack of 3rd party access is a problem. I have no third party apps running on either my pearl nor my nokia 8800.

Is the Pearl really $199 after subsidies in the US? They're free in the UK, in fact I can't think of an instance where you'd have to pay for one on contract.

Jay

nagromme
Jan 17, 2007, 04:35 PM
OK, so the GUI may not be as good, but looks aren't everything.

Nor ease of use ;)

aristobrat
Jan 17, 2007, 05:06 PM
A Perl, definitely, its more flexible due to no controlled 3rd party software environment.
This statement really makes me wonder if you've ever used one for more than 5 minutes. :eek:

phungy
Jan 17, 2007, 05:10 PM
Maybe the poll should have specified 4GB or 8GB iPhone but of course people are going to choose the iPhone for free!

aristobrat
Jan 17, 2007, 05:13 PM
I was wondering about the 4gb/8gb myself, but since it's pretty clear that the cheapest an iPhone will be for the next year or two is $499, and it's pretty easy to find a Pearl for $49.99, ....

$499 vs $49.99 ... hmmm

Tough choice. :)

cloudnine
Jan 17, 2007, 05:19 PM
A Perl, definitely, its more flexible due to no controlled 3rd party software environment.

OK, so the GUI may not be as good, but looks aren't everything.


Just out of curiosity, what are all these 3rd party applications that people aren't able to live without? Just curious... that seems to be the biggest complaint in regards to the iPhone, but I really can't see what you wouldn't be able to live without... I have a blackberry pearl, and I'm gonna drop it in a second when the iPhone comes out... the only 3rd party application that I use is google maps and the gmail client, both of which will be accessible on the iPhone. Oh, and a Livejournal.com client, but I can easily live without that...

j_maddison
Jan 17, 2007, 05:42 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are all these 3rd party applications that people aren't able to live without? Just curious... that seems to be the biggest complaint in regards to the iPhone, but I really can't see what you wouldn't be able to live without... I have a blackberry pearl, and I'm gonna drop it in a second when the iPhone comes out... the only 3rd party application that I use is google maps and the gmail client, both of which will be accessible on the iPhone. Oh, and a Livejournal.com client, but I can easily live without that...

I agree with your point of view, but in a corporate context GE Jobsmart, database integrated applications, development platforms etc etc. There are some applications that some companies would suffer without.

jay

Hummer
Jan 17, 2007, 06:16 PM
Couldn't I just take the iPhone and sell it to buy the Pearl, having some money left over.

Stella
Jan 17, 2007, 06:21 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are all these 3rd party applications that people aren't able to live without? Just curious... that seems to be the biggest complaint in regards to the iPhone, but I really can't see what you wouldn't be able to live without... I have a blackberry pearl, and I'm gonna drop it in a second when the iPhone comes out... the only 3rd party application that I use is google maps and the gmail client, both of which will be accessible on the iPhone. Oh, and a Livejournal.com client, but I can easily live without that...

On my current ( smartphone) phone, I can't live without ( top 5 only in no order ):
- games ( well, I'm counting that as one item - that will be cheating! :-p )
- IM+ - icq / msn messenger app
- world mate
- Handy clocks ( timer, alarms etc )
- Nokia Search ( not the web based service ) - the one ripped of another Nokia's firmware - for those familiar )

... oh, and a phone black list to stop tele-marketers from hassling me


This statement really makes me wonder if you've ever used one for more than 5 minutes. :eek:

Your right, I've only briefly used a blackberry, but having used other smartphones, a pre-installed apps / controlled 3rd party environment would be frustrating.

Earendil
Jan 17, 2007, 06:22 PM
I was wondering about the 4gb/8gb myself, but since it's pretty clear that the cheapest an iPhone will be for the next year or two is $499, and it's pretty easy to find a Pearl for $49.99, ....

$499 vs $49.99 ... hmmm

Tough choice. :)

Repeat after me, "Which would you rather have for free?"

Price is irrelevant... at least in this poll :)

Earendil
Jan 17, 2007, 06:26 PM
Just out of curiosity, what are all these 3rd party applications that people aren't able to live without? Just curious... that seems to be the biggest complaint in regards to the iPhone, but I really can't see what you wouldn't be able to live without... I have a blackberry pearl, and I'm gonna drop it in a second when the iPhone comes out... the only 3rd party application that I use is google maps and the gmail client, both of which will be accessible on the iPhone. Oh, and a Livejournal.com client, but I can easily live without that...

Not a corporate monkey or anything (yet) but a college kid that likes his tech (and a CS major tah-boot), I adore Salling Clicker. Nothing like have the music blasting in my room dim to mute whenever I get a phone call, or want to make one... And it works quite well on my SonyEricsson T610... I should be able to afford an iPhone sometime in 2012, hopefully by then it'll be open to developers to created software for.

~Earendil
~Tyler

aristobrat
Jan 17, 2007, 07:00 PM
Repeat after me, "Which would you rather have for free?"

Price is irrelevant... at least in this poll :)
Personally, if I'm getting it for free and I have a choice, I'd rather have the item that's worth the most (i.e. the most expensive).

Nym
Jan 18, 2007, 05:19 AM
Personally, if I'm getting it for free and I have a choice, I'd rather have the item that's worth the most (i.e. the most expensive).

Exactly! :)