Blackberry Pearl, Curve vs. iphone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jturn00, Jul 2, 2008.


Blackberry or iphone 3G

  1. Blackberry

    17 vote(s)
  2. iphone 3G

    115 vote(s)
  1. jturn00 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
    I have the option to either upgrade my current blackberry to either another blackberry or the 3G iphone. I work at a small company where I would pay the cost of the phone but the company reimburses me for the service. (My current service is about the same as the iphone service so that isn't an issue).

    I was looking at the blackberry since I like the fact of how long the battery lasts and the fact the alarm will go off for an hour and has a snooze. (I travel so this is my travel alarm clock). I use the blackberry on an exchange server via the blackberry software. Upgrading the blackberry would just activating the new phone on the server.

    How long does the new iphone battery last? And is the reception supposed to be as good as a blackberry?

    I would have to have our company activate active sync but since we have people using treos as thier phones, I think this is already running. I would then be able to take advantage of many of the iphone features.
  2. animenick65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2006
    We won't know the true battery specs on the new iPhone until people start getting them in hand. If your a heavy emailer, the iPhone may not be a good option due to the keyboard. If having entertainment and songs with you while you travel is important, the iPhone kicks the curve hands down.
  3. citron230 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    you might want to ask some people who aren't as biased.
  4. jturn00 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2008
  5. helloadam macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Cumming GA
    My sister has a Curve. Its a nice phone and if i worked with a company i would use one, but now that the iPhone has exchange you can certainly use it for that. I know my mother uses a Blackjack and is switching to the iPhone on launch day because it can support her VPN now, and includes all the fun features as well. I couldn't see the battery of the iPhone 3G dying mid day or anything considering Jobs stated the battery life better than the OG iPhone. I say go ahead and get the iPhone 3G, especially since your company will reimburse you. It should do you well.
  6. davidlw macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2008
    I have a curve and it is a great phone but, iPhone for the long haul for me is better. The Blackberry does not play nicely with Macs and that is what I use for work and home. I have to have sync working well for my work and with a iPhone and Mobile Me that is the ticket to mobile bliss. If you run just PC's BB will be fine for you but for Mac users, the iPhone is a match made in heaven. With the iPhone you have a very nice future with the much nicer web, HTML email, larger screen, 3G, and Mobile Me. The Curve as nice as it is just can't hang with iPhone 3G.
  7. AndyQ macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    I have both a curve and an iphone (thankyou work) and currently, the curve is sitting in my briefcase whilst my iPhone is next to me in use.

    Basically, if all I want is to be in contact with work (email, Sametime) then the blackberry wins handsdown. However, I don't actually want that (and do take care to not use my BB outsde work if I can help it), and for ease of use, prettyness (for want of a better phrase), and general use I'll chose the iPhone always.

    I've also been lucky enough to play with the new bold and still wouldn't change my mind.
  8. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    Here's an honest answer:

    If you don't care about watching videos, browsing the internet, getting new software, playing games, listening to music and nifty little gadgets (which you very well may not) then I'd go with the Blackberry Curve.

    Otherwise if you're looking for a little fun on the side, the iPhone. You may have to put up with a little ridicule for having an iPhone in a blackberry community though :p Hehe
  9. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    In my BIASED opinion, go with the 3G iPhone, hands-down...:p
  10. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Sounds to me like you've already made up your mind, you just want people to verify it.

    IMHO, based on the needs you expressed, it sounds to me like the BB Pearl/Curve would be the more appropriate phone for you. It "plays nicer" in a Windows/Corporate environment, plus you're already used to having a BB.

    That being said, the iPhone is definitely the better experience overall.
  11. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    If the primary purpose is for work email, I'd say Blackberry for sure. I have both (Curve for work, iPhone for personal). The physical keyboard, simplicity, support, durability, etc of the Blackberry just simply can't be beat. Some will argue I'm sure, but I've used both devices quite extensively and while I love my iPhone I could never give up my Crackberry for work. My group at work supports our 500+ Blackberry devices and you should see what comes back to us sometimes (people leaving, changing job function, etc.) Some have been dropped so many times the corners look like a dog gnawed on them for an hour (maybe they did, lol) and the things keep on ticking.
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I don't think you can go wrong with any of the phones you listed. Out of the 3 I like the Pearl the least. It is just easier to text or email with a full keyboard than without one.
  13. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    I had both an iPhone and a Curve, and with the new App Store available for the iPhone; I think I would have to go with the iPhone. The Curve has great battery life, and if you need instant email then it has the upper edge. It's camera is pretty good along with a flash, so it beats the iPhone in that department as well. Outside of that, I can't see what is so great about it.

    The OS bogs down significantly once you have a few programs open, making me see why Apple doesn't allow apps to run in the background. For instance, sometimes button pushes don't register and you're left to wonder if you infact pressed it. I had to return my first curve because the trackball stopped being always responsive. The trackball, while better imo to the older blackberry side scroll wheel, just fails miserably in ease of use next to the iPhones full touch operation. Ironically, I now prefer the iPhones keyboard because it's easier to get to certain punctuations/symbols/etc'. The email, which is the most touted feature, doesn't display HTML and looks archaic next to the iPhones full HTML rendering. Supposedly this feature is forthcoming, and some people seem to not mind; but to me it just made the Blackberry seem unpolished. The browsers' rendering ability is laughable. You get the idea..

    The Blackberry works great for what it does, and it serves its purpose as a business tool, with little deviation. It doesn't provoke the same visceral attachment as the iPhone to me. I WANT to use and explore the iPhone and enjoy doing so. The Blackberry, which I'm actually using now because I sold my iPhone, gets me by comfortably; but July 11 can't come soon enough.
  14. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    There is no comparison. Folks love to compare the iPhone to other phones.

    The iPhone is not just a phone. Its a portable computer that happens to also be a phone. People complain about the littlest things.

    The iPhone will be able to run thousands of applications July 11th. From AIM, to a remote for iTunes to every imaginable blogging, emailing, social networking, video, audio, you name it application.

    People complain about some obscure option for some boring minor phone function. Thats like comparing your laptop to your alarm clock. Yes my alarm clock probably has a louder ring and a bigger snooze button. That doesn't make my alarm clock a more capable machine than my laptop.
  15. edtorious macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2007
    San Diego, California
    Microsoft Exchange on Iphone available and the wonderful Iphone applications!
  16. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I'm swapping with my wife today because she wants my BB Curve and I'm taking her iPhone and then she's coppin me the 3G for my bday next week. BB is mainly for the workforce. RIM is making strides to reach the consumer, but I think the iPhone is just a tad bit better and you gotta love the iPhone UI :cool:
  17. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Why not wait another month and a half and decide between a Bold and a iphone 3g? I can't believe u even brought up the pearl and the curve. The bold brings better screen and well better everything over its predecessors. I'm currently torn between the 2 since I'll probably end up paying full price for my phone since I'm not in any upgrade window.
    From the crackberry site:
  18. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    The blackberry may be a bit better that the iPhone on paper but when you hold the two and compare them the iPhone wins hands down, IMO :)
  19. yode macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2007
    Los Angeles
    The only real reason to get a BB is if your company runs on BES. If not, just get an iPhone :)
  20. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    I actually thought (gasp!) about getting a Curve yesterday for about 20 minutes instead of replacing my current iPhone with a 3G, since I have a Touch also (most of the people I call/text are on Verizon, including my wife); but then I took out my iPhone and did a couple things on it real quick and knew I could never go back to a regular phone. The interface, platform, and overall integration are just too sweet.
  21. ehaugan81 macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2007
    I have the Blackberry Curve for T-Mobile and I have to say that the one thing about the Curve that blows away the iphone and even iphone 3g is that the T-mobile Curve has UMA. Free phone calls over WiFi and can switch seemlessly between wifi and cell tower!

    Its the one thing holding me back from getting the 3G. Well, that and the rediculous rate plans that AT&T has.
  22. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    That Blackberry comparison is a bit skewed (as you would expect) and is some places inaccurate.

    As an example, it says MobileMe services are pushed from your PC, when actually all messages are pushed from the MobileMe servers.

    They are very selective in what they list as features, making sure to tack on everything the iPhone lacks and the Bold has including nothing the iPhone has which the Bold lacks.

    Be careful following that, far from conclusive.
  23. dcubed20 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    There will be an iphone app that does seamless switching between cell and wifi networks:
  24. ehaugan81 macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2007
    Yeah I've actually heard of that. I'm wondering what the pricing will be though. Monthly? or just one time fee for the app? If that works out though, all I have to do is way for the iPhone 3G to get unlocked and I will get one!
  25. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    yeah but you won't be able to use the 3G, also I read some of these apps are going to be free

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