Got the ATT Blackberry Bold a quick comparison to Iphone 3g.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richard371, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I've been using the ATT Blackberry Bold I got at the SF launch party since tuesday and here are a few comments/observations:

    1) 3g reception and switching to EDGE etc is about the same as the Iphone. (clearly an ATT issue now.) ATT has disabled the option to turn off 3g on the Bold which sucks. On the Rogers model you can.
    2) The UI is very fast. Everything runs perfectly in the background and opens instantly. Multitasking with Jivetalk etc is a much better exp on the BB even when push is released for the iphone. I will chat in JT go out to email, send an sms ,go to BB messenger, back to jivealk all with ease.
    3) Battery life is decent but hard to judge since it's new I play with it a lot so its runs down faster.
    4) screen is sharper then the Iphone because its the same resolution but smaller pixels
    5) Voice quality about the same.
    6) External speakers are awesome can use it to listen to music when in hotels etc. Best I have heard on a phone period.
    7) Iphone has much cooler apps and is more fun to use.
    8) The Bold still uses the Blackberry software that has been around for years where the Iphone is more innovative.
    9) cam has a flash which is great when inside dark bar or club etc.

    If I had to pick one it would be a very hard choice. The Iphone feels more solid, sexier, more innovative, much better browser, maps. Now that my Bold is breaking in the back is creaky when I type. The Bold smokes the Iphone when it comes to email, messaging, Jivetalk, copy paste, multitasking etc. I now reply to emails and chat with friends online with the Bold because the KB is so awesome. The iphone kb kills me.

    My ATT sim is a Blackberry account so I love how I can switch back and forth and I get data on both devices just no visual VM. So I will carry which ever one I am in the mood for as i get my corporate email on both.

    Just my 2 cents. Feel free to ask any questions. the Bold will be out Nov 4th for ATT.
  2. johnjay1776 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Interesting. Can you explain the SIM comment at the bottom of your email in a little more detail? Are you saying you can take the SIM out of your iPhone and use it in the BlackBerry Bold since you have unlimited data with the iPhone already!? Thanks.
  3. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008

    When I got the iphone i canceled the contract and I use my corporate BB sim in both the iphone 3g and Blackberry and all the data works etc. Makes it easy to change phones. You just don't get the visual VM only regular VM but I don't care.

  4. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007

    That's wierd. My SIM card is on a blackberry plan as well. But when I stick it in my iPhone and it registers to the network, the next time I put it in my blackberry I lose a lot of internet features because the SIM thinks it's still in the iPhone. For example, I won't be able to surf the medianet homepage so I can check my account usage.

    I haven't put the SIM in my iPhone since that day. I didn't like sitting on the phone with AT&T for a 1/2 hour to get everything working again.

    I thought it would be nice to switch between my iPhone and the BB Curve every now and then, but oh well, looks like it's only the BB for me.

    Also, that's a interesting review have down. I'm been looking to upgrade the curve and the bold is at the top of the list for me.
  5. The Governor macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    Back to the sim comment. If I get the bold and still want to keep the iphone, can I just swap the iphone sim to the bold and still be able to do everything, since the iphone has unlimited data/etc.?
  6. CBR900RR macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2008
    Middle of Pacific
    Richard371, thanks for the review, is the BBmap still lock down by AT&T(missing service book), can you show some screen shot on the BBbrowser, is the browser still mess up like the older blackberry with OS4.5.
  7. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Yes the sb for maps is till missing. The browser is a little better then 4.5 but no where near the iphone. i will try to get some screenshots next week on my pc at work. i have a mac at home and down have the screenshot tool.

  8. seanp666 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008

    Hey Rich...did your AT&T bold come with the OS...and have you had any 3G problems with it on the AT&t network...for instance, is the connection to the browser on the bold fast and have you experienced any bugs on it??
  9. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    It is .167. I do have about the same amount of 3g probs as I do with Iphone. It will switch from 3g to EDGE to 3G and once in awhile the x for a few seconds where their is service. Browser is not as fast as the iphone.

  10. ajpak macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2008
    So in your experience which is better to you as a phone as a whole? the bold or the iphone?
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Great review, thanks for sharing. It sounds like the Bold is a worthy, if incremental successor to the main BB line..
  12. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    ive got both as well...

    the bold is def the phone i carry around because of reliability...

    but there are times when work is slow and i miss the iphone.... its much more on the entertainment side...

    to me:
    bold = all business (getting data)
    iphone = entertainment, ability to get email + phone is a plus...
  13. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Right now I am carrying the Bold because I can't type and multi task on the Iphone but the Iphone is more fun. Unfortunately most of us live in a world were we can't have fun all the time. I always come back to the Blackberry. The Iphone is a browsing multimedia machine but the Blackberry hands down is the worlds best, most reliable messaging machine. If I have room I carry both.
  14. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Have you also found that the BB does email so much better than the iPhone? On my BB, the emails are always downloaded and ready to read. Occasionally on the iPhone, it will say loading message or whatever it displays and sometimes I have to just give up because the message will never display. This never happens on the BB.
  15. iMetalG5 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2005
    i am issued a BB8820 and am to turn it in for the BOLD the first week of November. I haven't kept up with what the BOLD is or whatever but its been talked about for months at the office.

    I have to agree the BB is a professional tool and I'm use to it and have to use it constantly in my work. I am not excited for it but now i'm curious how it will compare with the iPhone.

    But I feel these two tools are in two different leagues. I would choose the iPhone just because I am a mac nut and it is more fun...
  16. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world

    How does the BB feel when it's in your hand?
    Does it play well with your Mac?
    How is the Calendar?

  17. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008

    Thanks for the review and continuing to share information with us.

    Much appreciated!
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Am I the only one who gets disturbed when people call a piece of technology "sexy"? Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt are sexy. The iPhone is...well, I just hope it doesn't do the same.
  19. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I would hardy call those two sexy. An iPhone or a red BB Curve is sexy. :D
  20. markgamber macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2005
    Redneck, PA
    Nice review, shame it's on AT&T tho. I already have an iPhone and a Tilt that suck on AT&T, I'd hate to throw any more money down that toilet of a carrier. Probably too early to ask about a carrier unlock tho.
  21. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    I do not sync it with the Mac as I am on BES at work and am the BES admin so I do everything through work. I can hook it up to my mac and drag music, photos etc to it. It feels fine in my hand. They keyboard is great. I can type almost as fast as a PC keyboard.

    I have to be honest I don't like the calendar design on the Iphone. It takes to many steps to enter an event and if I forget to set the reminder for an event I miss it.

    On the BB i just select the day I want and just type in the event and it uses the default 15 min reminder. There are many more defaults you can modify on the BB calender.

  22. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I'm interested on how you know what...since the feature is not part of the iPhone yet....
  23. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I really liked your comparison, even though I have an iPhone and don't plan on switching. I think your review was very balanced and imparcial.
  24. kobefan234 macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2008

    looks like I am going back to the blackberry
  25. bengal85 macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2008
    still the iphone is better because it is a mac computer in your hand I widh I could get the iphone but I cant

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