Blackberry Storm vs. Iphone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ronsju, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. ronsju macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    I would like for someone to give their honest assessment of both the iphone and blackberry storm. I currently owned the iphone 3G and I'm very satisfied with it. I like the iphone better because it has a better browsing experience and the best music player out there. The storm does have a keyboard in landscape mode which the iphone is lacking. And it has Picture messaging. I also know verizon has better service than AT&T but its AT&T is not that bad. One feature the storm is lacking is wi-fi connectivity. I'm work at home most of the time so I need wi-fi. I also don't like the touch screen on the storm because the keys don't highlight when pressed and there not so sensitive. Another reason why I didn't buy the storm was that you have to buy separate software to sync it with your mac.

    I know everybody has their bias and opinion on the best phone but I have to honestly say the iphone has an good advantage over the storm. I'm a die hard apple fan so I have to go with the iphone.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You came to a Mac forum for an honest opinion? You should have gone to a generic cell phone forum.

    Know that while the iPhone has the App Store for virtually unlimited third-party creativity with the future of phone applications, it lacks many of the basic features of ANY other phone, such as voice dialing, video recording, and Bluetooth syncing.

    Of course, looking at my sig, you know my choice. I'm trying to be as objective as possible here.
  3. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Want an honest opinion here goes.

    the Storm is a POS. clunky, strange feel to the screen, feels extremely cheap and it seems verizon software battles with the BB software. the internet is adequate if the verizon net lets you. You are on the verizon network and if you like them sending you solicitations to try new software or nagging text messages that something you never signed up for will stop working unless you go to a website to continue the servie then the Storm wins hands down.

    If you want a nice looking phone that its only means of multitasking is when it hits the ground it bounces and the screen shatters, no MMS, no real blue tooth funtions, beautiful display, tons of apps, a ringer that doesnt seem to be all that loud, easy to carry, decent email, decent text messaging about a $90 per month bill, the convenience of itunes, phone and handy applications then the iPhone is ideal.
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    First, I'm an iPhone fanboy. You can't go wrong with one if you live in a decent 3G area (otherwise, that $30 is kind of a rip).

    I saw the Storm today at Best Buy. If it's true that you have to depress the screen to do anything, including type, EPIC FAIL. I have gotten pretty good at typing on the iPhone keyboard and am not bugged a bit by the lack of tactile feedback (I hate that phrase). The Storm also doesn't have WiFi, which is crazy. No matter how many dorks in red vests smile at you, you're going to have service problems at times.

    From what I gather, it is the best alternative to an iPhone. BlackBerry has been making the best smart phones for a while, while the other guys are either new (Google's platform) or stuck a few years ago (Palm, everybody else).
  5. deadsouls macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    well i don't own a storm but from what i've tried on it, i don't really find any clunkiness to it at all. in fact i'll probably be switching to the storm (or the bold) as soon as my contract allows for a hardware upgrade.

    the iphone 3g is built EXTREMELY cheaply. you can obviously tell apple had to cut a lot of corners in order to sell it at its subsidized price via carriers. mobile safari renders webpages nicely except it crashes on me EVERY single day. theres still no push notification despite being promised it would be here last september. no real gps software. no real bluetooth. embarassing garbage camera. basically the iphone is a novelty toy that is a decent but hardly noteworthy cellphone.
  6. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
  7. Gromet macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2007
    I have had the iPhone since the first day of launch of the 2G. Got a 3G on Launch day as well. I got a Storm on launch day and used it until last week when I switched back to my iPhone 3G.

    I loved the Storm the first few days I had it... Got used to the screen (Although there is a small learning curve). I grew to hate it.

    1) I hate the click screen, you can navigate the iphone SO much faster.
    2) The Storm UI is light years behind the iPhone.
    3) Browsing: The Storm browser is way better than the other BB browsers but was slow as #$$% and always had issues getting 3G service or data service at all.
    4) Lack of Apps. (Phone Grew Boring VERY Quickly)
    5) Firware: I tried official and Beta Firmwares but the phone still suffered from lag and freezes...
    6) VERIZON: I'm Sorry I know a lot of people claim Verizon has the best service, but I disagree. AT&T BY Far has better service where I am on Long Island. Verizon dropped calls, always sounded like I was in a tunnel, and their Data service sucked.

    In the end I was just not happy with the Storm and switched back to my iPhone a week ago. I have been happy for the past week and after not having the iPhone I have a new found love for it again. It is truely the best device out there right now.

  8. jakeOSX macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2005
    i have a storm and i love it.

    let me start by saying that the only reason i don't have an iphone is at&t. i could rant about them but just in short, i'll take verizon any day. (mainly because i can actually make phone calls...)

    Now this is all my opinion, so take it as you will.

    everything anyone has ever said to you about blackberries being messaging drugs is true. at any time i can be contacted on my blackberry by:
    email (four accounts)
    blackberry messenger
    AOL instant messenger
    google talk

    So i've been messaging a lot.

    The click screen grows on you. what happens is you make a lot less mistakes when you type. even that suretype keyboard (we do not get querty in the upright position) grows on you, and is great for one handing typing.

    out of the box i could read/edit word, powerpoint and excel documents. maps and google maps have GPS. you can get turn by turn through verizon, but that costs extra.

    visual voice mail costs for the storm, but is worth it for the ability to email voicemail to someone. (here, take care of this).

    the music/movies stuff works just fine with everything but DRMed itunes files. (Well everything i have, i haven't tried strange video formats yet). there is a play/pause button on the phone making it easier to deal with the music when you are multitasking.

    right. multitasking. I can listen to music, surf the web, be on AOL IM all at the same time.

    all in all, it isn't an iphone. it is a blackberry with a touch screen. if you didn't want a blackberry before, you probably don't now.

    Also, remember this is the first blackberry OS with the touch screen. so while the OS is solid, some of the touch controls are being worked on.

    that being said, all is not glitter in storm-land. sometimes input from the accelerometer doesn't work (stuck in landscape, for example). and when you are in the home screen, you can switch from portrait to landscape, but i don't know why, they are icons, just show them to me in portrait mode.
  9. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Why is it so hard to type "iPhone" in the subject?

    I might as well just call it the bLackberry sTorm.
  10. PennCentralFan macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2009
    Twin Cities
    I haven't used the storm, but regarding the iphone shortcomings, the only one I really miss is mms. I love the touch screen. I just turn the volume up and turn on the clicking so I get the sound of touching the keyboard.
  11. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I still don't understand this.

    If I hit the wrong button, how is a vibrating screen going to change that?
  12. Artofilm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2005
    As far as typing goes. It's really based on what you're used to.
    I have an iPhone and my brother has a BB Storm. I've tried typing on his and I have trouble even spelling "hello".

    You're either used to one thing, or another.
  13. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Why not? Doubt that RIM fans would fret over it.

    And btw, iTouch, iTouch, iTouch!

    ahhhh HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!! (running away)
  14. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    I played with Storm for a minute, and I want that minute of my life back.

    If I am to go with Blackberry, I rather stick with Bold or some of its more traditional BB. Storm is an utter failure of trying to be an iPhone.
  15. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    How on earth are you able to switch phones so often? Do you just pay the termination fees?
  16. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I really don't think the Storm was an attempt at an iPhone copy.

    I can see how it would appeal to some users but after using the iphone for almost a year, having to actually put pressure on the screen for it to recognize the touch became tedious very quickly. I used it for a couple minutes and didn't really find anything that blew my hair back.
  17. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    I won't argue there, although it is pretty obvious.

    I agree after using iPhone for close to a year, anything less than just doesn't seem quite right. With that said, Storm is a failure.
  18. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    I have been using the iPhone since the 2G launch date, I upgraded again to the 3G on launch day. In between I have used the Bold and the WM Fuze. From the iPhone perspective, I don't use MMS so I don't miss it. I do miss the multitasking features of WM and yes there are some basic items that should be embedded. On the otherhand, the blackberry bold was great and I loved it. It trully is the best blackberry yet and I gave up on my blackberry only because my job does not support blackberry and using it through the personal side was a headache since I didn't have all my contacts, calendars, and emails syched constantly. I have only taken a few minutes with the storm and I would buy it but I wouldn't switch to verizon. People here that say it's a failure are forgetting the MANY limitations the 2G initially had. Let's remember it is the first touch blackberry. Every phone has its ups and downs and iPhone like many others have many. I stick with the iPhone mainly because of the app store otherwise I would be with a WM or blackberry.
  19. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom
    I like them both

    Both have there goods and bads

  20. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    Trust me, if first gen iPhone performed at the same level as Storm, I would not be here today posting.
  21. jakeOSX macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2005
    the screen does not vibrate. it is a button like the new mac track pads, so it registers your touch, but won't 'click' until you actually push down. the screen moves, physically, just like the track pads do.

    make sense?
  22. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Its the clicking! I cant stand the CLICKING!:eek:

    Even the commercial makes me wonder how anyone can put up with that constant sound.
  23. jakeOSX macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2005
    click! click! click!
  24. Gromet macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2007
    I'm CIO of my company and in charge of our Mobile accounts as well so I can pretty much d what I want. When it comes to Phones, Desktops, Laptops, Camera's etc.. If I want it we get it... Work pretty good gor a gadget geek.

  25. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Tell me about it. I'm stuck with this crap Dell laptop, and the CIO (who's an awesome guy, btw), has this totally kick-butt HP laptop... :(

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