As Tom mentioned below, yes, we got iPhones recently. As many of you heard my paeans of BlackBerry love over the last two years, I’ve already been asked a few times: how on earth did Tom convince you to switch?
Well, here’s what it came down to:
|Where they’re mostly equivalent|
|Initial price (with two year contract)||$300||$300 (after rebate)|
|Screen||480 x 320 pixels||480 x 320 pixels|
|GSM/GPRS/EDGE||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G||UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)||UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)|
|Bluetooth||2.0 + EDR||2.0, A2DP|
|Storage||16 GB||128 MB ROM, 1 GB onboard storage, Expandable Memory Storage (microSD): 32 GB|
|Weight||4.7 oz||4.8 oz|
|Dimensions||4.5 × 2.4 × 0.48″||4.49 × 2.57 × .59″|
|Camera||2.0 MP||2.0 MP|
|Music Formats||AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV||.3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro/WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+|
|Where the Bold wins|
|Camera has flash||No||Yes|
|Keyboard||Virtual; requires both hands + eyes on the phone to use; no tactile feedback||Standard QWERTY keyboard; external full-size Bluetooth keyboards also available|
|Extra batteries||Not available||$80|
|Hands-free wired earpiece (3.5mm mono w/single earbud)||Not available||$15|
|Google Maps||Partial (does not include Street View)||Yes (includes Street View)|
|Tethering||No (AT&T restriction)||Yes|
|Works with already-owned accessories||No (not even iPod chargers)||Yes|
|Where the iPhone wins|
|Browsers||Mobile Safari||BlackBerry Browser, Opera Mini|
|Basic Monthly plan (450 minutes + 5000 night/weekend minutes)||$40||$40|
|Data add-ons||$30||$60 (BlackBerry® Personal with tethering)|
|Voice dialing||Requires 3rd party app||$5|
|AT&T Navigator (provides spoken turn by turn GPS driving directions with automatic reroute, full color maps, and real time traffic alerts all on your device)||Not available||$10|
|Total monthly cost:||$75||$120|
|Total cost of ownership over 24 months:||$2100||$3180|
Or in other words, $45/month × 24 months ($1080) is what it takes to get me to move to a phone that I’m otherwise currently finding very frustrating.
Will I ever get used to this keyboard? Or having to manually refresh an app when I want it to update? Or to only being able to use one app at a time?
If you switched from a non-iPhone to an iPhone, tell me how it worked for you in the comments.