View Full Version : Under the Hood: Blackberry wins handset data-rate bakeoff

Dec 1, 2007, 10:19 PM
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Link: Under the Hood: Blackberry wins handset data-rate bakeoff (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071201231921)
Description:: A comparison of 4 phones (iPhone, BlackBerry, Sony Ericsson W910i Walkman, and Motorola RAZR 2) in transferring large files between the computer and the phone finds the BlackBerry the fastest.

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Dec 2, 2007, 09:22 AM
that the 4 GB iPhone he used is no longer available? Or that firmware updates are way past 1.0.2?

And seeing that I can sync my iPhone and my iPod from the same iTunes app simultaneously, the idea of moving media from one device to another directly is meaningless.

Dec 2, 2007, 01:30 PM
There is a major flaw in this test or "bakeoff." The Blackberry, Sony, and Razr all require a micro-SD or memory stick card to perform these type of functions while the iPhone contains its own 4GB of internal flash. Anyone who has the slightest knowledge about flash knows that flash speeds vary dramatically from vendor to vendor and from product to product. Thus, without knowing the manufacturer and type of micro-SD/memory stick card used in these tests you can't make any meaningful type of performance statement concerning these products. In fact, I'm sure if you tried several different brands of micro-SD cards on the Blackberry you'd probably see differences in transfer rates of 2X just on the brand and type of card used. Then you have to consider that fact that some readers/firmware/hardware just perform better or worse with any given brand and type of flash card.

Thus, this "bakeoff" is just as much of a test of flash-memory cards as it is handsets. The fact that this isn't addressed in the testing makes the results highly suspect (at least between the non-iPhone products).

Dec 2, 2007, 06:20 PM
Who cares. Even if the iPhone is slower at data transfer its an insignificant detail in the overall user experience.

Rodimus Prime
Dec 2, 2007, 06:48 PM
and the screaming fan boys have arrived claiming the test is crap.

Dec 2, 2007, 07:05 PM
and the screaming fan boys have arrived claiming the test is crap.

No, merely that the methods used to test the phones are bunk. I have two SD cards for my girl's camera. One is capable of transferring at well over 20MB/s, the other scarcely 5. One cost me over 100$, the other less than 30$.

Each phone should have the latest software available, and they should use 8GB SD cards as well as an 8GB iPhone. I've noticed that the larger the flash device, the slower the performance, I'm not entirely sure why.

Dec 3, 2007, 06:49 AM
and the screaming fan boys have arrived claiming the test is crap.

That would probably be because the test is crap.