Apple’s launch of the iPhone 3G yesterday heralded a new change in direction for the company, towards a more business-friendly approach. BlackBerry smartphones are predominantly the business user’s handsets of choice, with their first 3G model, the Bold 9000, squaring up nicely to the iPhone. Take a look at the below comparison of specs between the two models, and let us know in the comments field below which you’d prefer.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: 127mm in length, 66mm wide and 12.7mm thick, it weighs 133g.
iPhone 3G: 115.5mm high, 62.1mm wide and 12.3mm thick, weighs 133g.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: 480 x 320 resolution, touch display.
iPhone 3G: 480 x 320 multi-touch display.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: A new OS for the BlackBerry family, version 4.6 is reported as having a few new software changes in addition to the new 3D, translucent aesthetics, including DocumentsToGo, for easy reading and editing of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents; iTunes integration; full html email support and rich media is supported in the browser.
iPhone 3G: The iPhone runs on OS X, which is Apple’s very own operating system.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: iPhone 3G: 8GB and 16GB, with the latter available in both black and white.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: With a 2.0-megapixel camera, inbuilt flash and 5x digital zoom, it records video at 480 x 320 resolution, and can geotag your photos as well. New software for managing photos and video include the Roxio Media Manager plus Roxio Photosuite, for editing.
iPhone 3G: 2.0-megapixel camera, with geo-tagging and third-party application integration.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: Videos can be played in a full screen mode at 30fps, and you can listen to music with the inbuilt dual speakers or headphones via the 3.5mm jack, which offers an equalizer with 11 preset filters. iTunes compatibility included also.
iPhone 3G: The iPhone’s main thrill is indeed the iPod functionality, and with 8GB or 16GB options, that’s a lot of AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.
Video formats supported are H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: 3G HSDPA, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
iPhone 3G: 3G HSDPA, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
BlackBerry Bold 9000: Inbuilt GPS, BlackBerry Maps
iPhone 3G: Assisted GPS
BlackBerry Bold 9000: Due to the HSDPA modem and applications’ processor located on one chip, the battery life has been extended to 13 days’ standby, and five hours of talk time.
iPhone 3G: Up to five hours of talk time using 3G, or 10 hours using 2G, standby is 300 hours, five hours of 3G internet use and six hours of Wi-Fi internet use, seven hours of video playback and up to 24 hours of audio playback.
Availability And Pricing
BlackBerry Bold 9000: Out in the Summer – not even Research In Motion knows the exact date – the pricing is as yet unconfirmed.
iPhone 3G: Out on July 11th, you can get it for free on £45 and £75 per month tariffs, or £99 on the £30 and £35 per month plans.
BlackBerry Bold 9000