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Over the past six weeks, we've spent some serious quality time with the BlackBerry Bold, the iPhone 3G, and the HTC Dream (or T-Mobile G1). We hope this in-depth review will help those of you about to purchase one of these devices make an informed decision.

Web browsing

Using the same Wi-Fi connection, the browsing/rendering speed of the three devices was largely similar, and is ultimately going to be determined by the speed of the network you're connected to. An extra second here or there when a site is taking ten to twenty seconds to load is really not worth a scientific test to prove, Ordering ACTOS online, or going to lead someone to choose one device over another.

The Dream and the iPhone are miles ahead of the BlackBerry for one reason alone - you can easily and comfortably browse a vast majority of websites even if they don't have a mobile-specific version of the site. The Bold might have the same resolution, but with such a small screen, even when you enter Column mode (which resizes the content column of a website to fit the screen) you're often presented with some seriously small text, ACTOS FOR SALE.

I have to say that the Dream wins for usability here for one reason alone. While double-tapping a column resizes it to fit on the iPhone, the Dream resizes the content column to fit automatically - and if you zoom in or out, it continues to automatically resize that column. Zooming right in while in portrait orientation leads to some seriously gorgeous, where can i buy ACTOS online, readable text. Pinch-zooming on the iPhone is neat, but leaves you to deal with horizontal scrolling.

E-mail

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Push

For the uninitiated, push e-mail means that new e-mails are "pushed" to your handset as they arrive, rather than being "pulled" from a server manually (when you open your e-mail client) or on a schedule (ie. every five minutes). The beauty of push e-mail is entirely in the eye of the beholder. Some of you will regularly receive e-mails that need to be dealt with immediately, in which case having them arrive on your phone mere seconds after receiving them will be incredibly useful, ACTOS FOR SALE. Others will cringe at the idea of everyone with their e-mail address having a near instant ability to grab their attention.

Push is built into the Dream (provided you're using the Gmail application), purchase ACTOS for sale, and the Bold. It's also available on the iPhone if you're willing to spend another $100 per year on the MobileMe service.

Delivery times

We ran countless tests on this one, and MobileMe was consistently delivering e-mails in 2-3 seconds, while the Bold ranged from 10-20 seconds, ACTOS from mexico, and Gmail on the Dream ranged from 20 seconds to 4 minutes. ACTOS FOR SALE, There are two things to note here: Firstly, the test Bold handset we had was running on BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) - and a good friend of mine whose Bold runs on BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) tells me that push e-mail is delivered in the 2-3 second range, putting it head to head with MobileMe.

Second, there is a well known quirk of the Dream that causes push e-mail to take longer than it should when Wi-Fi is enabled. Once we'd turned off Wi-Fi, another set of tests revealed that delivery never took more than 2 minutes.

Usability

Search

Those of you who deal with high volumes of e-mail will often rely on a search to retrieve something from the depths of your inbox.

The iPhone currently has no ability to search, ACTOS from canadian pharmacy, but will have searching in OS 3.0.

The Bold has searching across all fields, with the ability to search on a particular field, ACTOS FOR SALE.

The Dream has searching across all fields, without the ability to search on a particular field.

Delete Multiple

The Bold allows you to select multiple messages by holding down the shift key and scrolling with the trackball, and you can then delete them in one hit. Buy ACTOS from canada, The iPhone allows you to select multiple messages by hitting "Edit" in the top right, and you can delete them in one hit.

The Dream doesn't allow you to select multiple messages in the Gmail app. ACTOS FOR SALE, If you enable the new Google Gears-powered, browser-based Gmail, it is possible.

Mark all as read

It's not unreasonable to expect any e-mail client in 2009 to implement such a simple, obvious feature as "Mark all as read" - especially given the increasing difficulty of dealing with the relentless bombardment of information we deal with every day.

That's why I'm a little shocked to report that only one of these smartphones bothered to implement it - the BlackBerry Bold. Just scroll to a date separator (ie, ACTOS overnight. Tue, Apr 28, 2009) and there's two options - Mark Prior Opened and Delete Prior.

With the Dream and the iPhone, you'll need to sign in to your e-mail account using a mail application or web interface that has a "Mark all as read" function and do it there, ACTOS FOR SALE.

Folders

The Bold can't create folders on the device, unless you're on BES. Buying ACTOS online over the counter, Our test device wasn't, and personal BlackBerry users won't be either.

Dream's Gmail application can't create folders (which they call "Labels") on the device. You have to create them on the desktop and add the label to an e-mail before they show up on the Dream. ACTOS FOR SALE, You can do this from the handset if you go to the desktop version of Gmail from the Browser App. You can't move multiple messages into a folder at once.

The iPhone Mail application can't create folders on the device whether you're using MobileMe or not. If you create them on the server, online buying ACTOS hcl, you'll be able to see them on the device. You can move multiple messages into folders at once.

Spam Filtering

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The Keyboard

This is a tricky one, ACTOS photos. ACTOS FOR SALE, Ask a long time iPhone user to type on a Bold, and they'll tell you the iPhone's keyboard is better. Ask a long time Bold user to type on a Dream, and they'll tell you the Bold's keyboard is better. And so on.

What it all boils down to is that when you're talking about a device that can fit comfortably in your pocket, there is no such thing as a perfect keyboard - and there likely never will be. ACTOS no prescription, With enough time, you'll go from slow and steady to fast and furious. Practice, after all, makes perfect - just check out this video of someone typing at 75 words per minute on a BlackBerry Bold:

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- The iPhone is the only device that can be comfortably operated with one hand.

- The Bold can be operated with one hand, but it's a little harder than the iPhone - as there's keys placed much closer to the bottom corners of the device.

- The Bold has relatively small keys, however a slight curved incline on each key makes it entirely possible to type accurately without resorting to thumb tips or nails, ACTOS alternatives. The keys on the left side of the keyboard raise to the right, and vice versa, making it friendly to two handed typing, but less friendly to one handed typing. ACTOS FOR SALE, - The Dream has a few issues with ergonomics. With the keyboard open, Comprar en línea ACTOS, comprar ACTOS baratos, the bottom of the device sticks out a fair way, and forces you to choose one of two ways to hold it - with your thumbs parallel and awkwardly close together, or with your thumbs on a natural angle with your right thumb awkwardly reaching over the bottom - and both of them felt alien to me. The latter is even worse when you're trying to type with a charge cable plugged in.

- The keys on the Dream are quite small, and even with my girly thumbs, I had to use the tips or my nails to type accurately, ACTOS used for. The period key is awkwardly placed in the bottom row of keys, making it harder to hit than the comma. It's also nearly impossible to operate one handed, ACTOS FOR SALE.

- The iPhone's auto-correct can be incredibly annoying if you tend to write using slang, profanity and technical terms or abbreviations - as it assumes that any suggestions made are correct. To work around this, ACTOS no rx, you can type each of the problematic words into Safari's Google search field, and they'll be entered into the iPhone's dictionary - then you can just bash away and have punctuation and all but the most heinous typos sorted out for you.

Construction and Build Quality

The iPhone 3G has considerable heft to it. It's a big slab of glass with a metal rim and a plastic back. ACTOS FOR SALE, Unfortunately that plastic back will scratch up very easily, so if you've got any hopes of selling it for close to what you paid you'll want to get a case on it. I've dropped mine more times than I care to imagine, and it's still going strong.

The BlackBerry Bold is slightly lighter than the iPhone, ACTOS samples, but it feels solid in your hands and there's no creakiness despite the plastic shell. The back of the phone is faux-leather, which means you won't need to worry about plonking it down on a table for fear of scratching it like the iPhone. A while back I asked two RIM employees about the sturdiness of the Bold, and was shown two battle-scarred handsets that still functioned as expected.

The HTC Dream is definitely behind the pack in this regard, ACTOS FOR SALE. Fast shipping ACTOS, The shell is entirely plastic, and creaks with even minor pressure on the touchscreen. While the sliding screen mechanism seems surprisingly solid, the rest of the phone doesn't - making it one smartphone you would definitely not want to drop.

GPS

We put Google Maps to the test on all three devices. Depending on your carrier, plan, no prescription ACTOS online, willingness to spend on additional applications, or willingness to jailbreak your iPhone, you may have access to something far better - and far beyond the scope of this review. ACTOS FOR SALE, All three versions are capable of calculating driving routes, unable to recalculate a route on the fly, and unable to give you voice navigation. Here are some of the notable differences.

HTC Dream

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When calculating directions, locations can be chosen from your Contacts, History, or current location, ACTOS FOR SALE. Oddly, where to buy ACTOS, even if you have a location of an event in your calendar set, you can't jump to the Maps app using that address - you can't even locate that address manually from a menu within the Maps app.

iPhone 3G

While pinch-zooming doesn't do much for the usability of Safari, Maps is where it really comes into play. You can zoom in or out to your intended level and it will stretch the map tiles it currently has cached to fit while it loads the new tiles for your zoom level. Canada, mexico, india, Locations can be chosen from bookmarks, contacts, recent places or your current location. ACTOS FOR SALE, The one thing that makes the iPhone implementation stand out as a clear winner is the integration with the rest of the phone. If you're viewing details of a meeting in the Calendar app, or the details of one of your contacts, you can just tap the address field to bring up Maps with a labelled pin set to that address. I've heard one person describe this as a feature that instantly justified the purchase of their iPhone, order ACTOS from United States pharmacy.

BlackBerry Bold

Scrolling around the map with the trackball just doesn't seem as nice as using the touchscreen of the Dream or the iPhone.

You can save your favorite routes, give them a name and pull them up from a menu by pressing the star key.

Locations can be chosen by entering an address, selecting a point on the map, the history, or your current location, ACTOS FOR SALE. You can't pull an address from the calendar or your contacts.

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Unlike the Dream and the iPhone, you can get walking directions and transit directions, and also enable Google Latitude if you feel like broadcasting your location to your friends.

Battery Life

The HTC Dream's 1150mAh battery is woefully inadequate. ACTOS FOR SALE, A lunchtime charge will be absolutely necessary for you to make it through the day. Aftermarket batteries exist, from the standard 1150mAh up to 1400mAh for a straight replacement, ACTOS schedule, but if you're willing to use a replacement back cover that adds 5mm of thickness, you can get up to 2600mAh.

The iPhone 3G will last a whole day without a charge - provided you're not expecting it to be a dedicated games console, streaming video player or GPS unit. Push e-mail does impact on battery life a little, Purchase ACTOS online, but I've still had it last for more than eight hours which included at least 45 minutes of talk time. Of course the achilles heel of the iPhone compared to the other two devices is the lack of a replaceable battery - but there's no shortage of aftermarket solutions to the issue.

The BlackBerry Bold is the real star of the show in this regard, ACTOS FOR SALE. I've had one charge last two full days with plenty of browsing, e-mail and talk time, and the battery is replaceable, although I highly doubt anyone but the most adventurous BlackBerry power user would need to take advantage of one.

Copy and Paste

BlackBerry Bold: Copy and paste works in all the applications we tried that display text, is ACTOS addictive. In the browser, hold Shift and scroll with the trackball to select the text. Press the menu button, select Copy. ACTOS FOR SALE, In e-mail and other applications, hold Shift and scroll with the trackball to select the text. Press the trackball to bring up the menu, ACTOS from canada, select Copy. Press the trackball again to bring up the menu, select Paste.

HTC Dream: Copy and paste only works in text entry fields. Hold Shift and scroll with the trackball to select the text. Press and hold the trackball to bring up the Cut/Copy menu, ACTOS FOR SALE. Copy and paste doesn't work in Gmail app, but if you really need to copy text from an e-mail, ACTOS long term, there is a workaround that works in the browser-based Gmail - forward the e-mail, so the text appears in a text entry field, then select and Cut/Copy the text.

iPhone 3G: While copy and paste is not supported in the OS, certain applications have implemented it - of course it will only work within that application. Rx free ACTOS, Copy and paste will be added in OS 3.0.

Microsoft Office Support

The BlackBerry Bold can view, edit and create Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents out of the box, using Documents to Go, which is bundled with all RIM devices running OS 4.5 or higher. ACTOS FOR SALE, The iPhone 3G can view Word and Excel. Full Word and Excel support is available with Quickoffice, ACTOS wiki.

The HTC Dream can view Word and Excel documents - but only if you receive them via Gmail (switch to the Desktop app and click "View as HTML"), or Google Docs. Full Word and Excel support is available with Documents to Go.

Camera

The BlackBerry Bold has a 2 megapixel camera with flash and 3x digital zoom. The camera app can be launched with a dedicated button on the right hand side of the device, and pictures can be taken by pressing the same dedicated button or clicking the trackball, ACTOS FOR SALE.

The iPhone 3G has a 2 megapixel camera with no flash. Effects of ACTOS, You'll need to launch the camera app manually, and pictures can be taken by pressing a small button at the bottom of the touch screen, which makes taking pouty MySpace profile images of yourself rather difficult.

The HTC Dream has a 3.2 megapixel camera with no flash. The camera app can be launched with a dedicated button on the right hand side of the device, and pictures can be taken by pressing the same dedicated button.

Stay tuned to The Mobiler for some comparison shots that show the differences in quality under different conditions.

Syncing

ACTOS FOR SALE, The BlackBerry Bold will sync with Exchange, BES and BlackBerry Unite.

The HTC Dream will sync Calendar, taking ACTOS, Gmail and Contacts to the Google cloud. The automatic two way syncing is really useful, and impressive.

The iPhone 3G has iTunes syncing (music, contacts, ACTOS pictures, applications), iCal syncing on OS X (calendar) and Outlook syncing on Windows (contacts, calendar). If you're willing to spend another $100 per year, there's MobileMe, which can keep everything in sync across your iPhone, Mac and PC.

There is also the free Google Sync, based on Exchange ActiveSync, which is available for all three devices, ACTOS FOR SALE.

Music Player

All three of these devices feature a music player that plays common formats, is capable of playing music in the background of other applications, and displays album art. Here are the differences:

iPhone 3G: It's not really surprising that the company that revolutionized the personal music player has a fantastic music player in their phone. You can edit a single "On-The-Go" playlist from the device and save it once you get back to the computer. The major downside here is the fact you can't get music on there without using iTunes - and then you can't get it off again. ACTOS FOR SALE, Even worse. Unlike the iPod and iPod touch, you can't copy music onto the iPhone from more than one machine without an ugly workaround. It is possible to set a custom ringtone, but again, it's an ugly workaround.

HTC Dream: You won't be creating playlists on the handset, but at least you can get your music on or off the device by mounting via USB or copy direct to microSD with a card reader. The major downside here is more of a hardware issue than a music player issue - but you'll need to buy a USB dongle to connect a standard set of headphones with a 3.5mm jack.

BlackBerry Bold: You can set MP3s as a ringtone, create playlists from the device, and have full control over your music collection by mounting via USB or copying directly to a microSD card with a card reader, ACTOS FOR SALE. Unfortunately, the album art is more like a thumbnail - however minor that may be.

Background Apps and Notifications

Android and the Bold support background apps, while Apple decided to deny users the choice in preference of a longer battery life. Push notifications will be introduced in iPhone OS 3.0 to deal with the issue, but you can read this article that explains why many free or low cost applications won't bother implementing it.

An unfortunate side effect of Apple's choice is clear when you use the Bold or the Dream. ACTOS FOR SALE, Say you're using an RSS reader, and you click on a link to view the full article in a browser. On the iPhone, once you're done reading in the browser, you can't jump straight back to the RSS reader application - you need to find it and open it again. On the Bold and the Dream, you just hit the back button, and you're back in the RSS reader.

The BlackBerry allows applications to place notifications at the top of the screen, or entries in your e-mail inbox - the latest version of the Facebook application being an example of the latter.

Android has a notifications bar at the top of the screen that applications can add to. Just drag down this bar to view what's happening in your different applications, ACTOS FOR SALE. While background applications are great, Android's implementation leaves one major thing to be desired - basically, developers have to implement a quit function - otherwise you'll need to reboot your device to get them to go away again.

So, who wins?

One thing became clear to me while I was putting these devices through their paces - we're still a long way from the perfect smartphone. There's features in each device that stand out as head and shoulders above the rest - but rarely without a caveat or two that balance things out again.

And of course, I didn't get an opportunity to cover every aspect of each device - I'd still be testing and writing by the time they were all obsolete - so if you're unable to make a decision based on what you've just read, and you're left with any questions, leave a comment and I'll see if I can scrape together an answer for you.

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18 Comments

  1. Oliver
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Very nice review.

  2. Tobster
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    While the iPhone 3G with OS 3.0 seems likely to be a serious contender, the HTC Touch HD and Touch Pro phones address many of the sortfalls of the phones reviewed in this article. Readers would be served well with a comprehensive comparison including those options. perhaps the subjects reviewed above are merely smartphones while these alternatives qualify as true pocket PCs
    With the release of the Touch Pro2 and the WM6.5 OS I am sure (budget allowing) there will be no further debate required.

  3. Posted April 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    “Unlike the Dream and the iPhone, you can get walking directions and transit directions”

    What are you talking about?! On the iPhone map, do a search, say “Greek” for a nice greek restaurant, then push on the pin, push “directions to here” then when it routes the directions, there are options at the top for car, foot and bus each having it’s own specific route for the quickest arrival time. The bus feature even pulls up all the arrival times for the whole day.

    And I can’t believe you didn’t even talk about iPhone’s support for applications!! That’s outrageous! I’ve like 50 or more applications on my phone, most of them free! Can I let the Bold listen to a song and have it tell me who sings it? iPhone does. Can I play the flute and the trombone on the bold by blowing into it like a real instrument? Can I go fishing on the Bold? Can the bold tell me if I hung a frame on the wall straight with a leveler? Almost everything you can imagine iPhone has an app for it. This is definitely the most amazing feature of the iPhone and you vaguely mentioned it.

    Also, with the music player… Most cars nowadays have an auxiliary port to connect an mp3 player to. I don’t know if the Bold or Dream offer this… But since iPhone was born from iPod, this feature is amazing! I just plug an aux cable into my phone through the headphone jack and play all my music right through the car stereo. You don’t even know how vital this is on roadtrips when you don’t have radio service for miles! I don’t know the last time I listened to radio unless it’s satellite. Also, I can just listen to free streaming internet radio through the Pandora app. And the sound quality is amazing!

    I admit, my friend has a bold, and it is better for the business professional. But if you want the “coolest” phone, then iPhone as no competition. You’ll be wowing your friends daily!

  4. George Polycarpou
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Some folks will take longer to get it, “the iphone transcends pragmatism alone. In the mojo lane, other brands are way way behind.

  5. Steve (@shuether)
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Great Article!! I have a couple comments about features of the iPhone that you may not have had time to test or have been overlooked. The iPhone 3G does push email as well or better then the Bold because of one simple fact: iPhone connects directly to your Exchange server via ActiveSync to sync mail/calendar/contacts over the air, the Bold (or any blackberry) requires an intermediary BIS or BES server to talk to Exchange. In a large corporation the BES server gives more control over the individual blackberry’s remotely, but the iPhone vastly simplifies the whole process to the point that the user can often setup their own Exchange account. Calendar/contact syncing on the Blackberry is only available with BES setup, which most small business don’t setup. I work in IT support and have setup numerous iPhone’s and Blackberry’s in many different situations. The iPhone takes half to time to configure, requires one less server for users to get push calendar/mail/contacts, and I have far fewer requests for additional visits to make everything work. Granted, the iPhone has its short falls too: the lack of search is huge, Copy paste is needed(and coming with 3.0), background apps would be useful, battery life can always be better, the camera leaves a lot to be desired but so does EVERY cell phone camera out there! I’ve had a few blackberry’s in the past and I currently have a iPhone(first gen) as well as a 3G. Overall the iPhone provides a better user experience, even though it lacks a few features, many of which should be addressed in 3.0.

    Twitter: shuether

  6. Staggerlee
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    If you want a phone for business that is light, slim & fits comfortably in your pocket go for the HTC Diamond. It is the thinnest & lightest pocket PC on the market. I also prefer to use the pointer to type as well as cutting & pasting between my diary & messages while on a call. My contract is up & after researching all of the other phones I decided to get another Diamond!
    If it’s a media player I want, I use me Ipod Touch.

  7. sycle1
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    The iphone is an expensive kids toy and not much of a serious phone at all, you can hardly hear a converstaion on the thing when in a closed room, let alone out on a busy street.
    The iphone can not even do text templates, the only thing it is good at, is games (Aps) and the ipod.
    The iphone is just an expensive ipod with a cheap phone thrown in.
    Maybe in a few years Apple may have fixed all the iphone shortcomings but for now stay away, there are better phones out there.

  8. roydude
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    “… I’ve like 50 or more applications on my (i)phone, most of them free!”
    Me too on HTC … plus Android is open source so anyone can develop any app they like.

    “Can I let the Bold listen to a song and have it tell me who sings it? iPhone does.”
    So does my HTC.

    “Can the bold tell me if I hung a frame on the wall straight with a leveler?”
    Dunno, but my HTC can.

    “Almost everything you can imagine iPhone has an app for it.”
    … etc … ;o)

    Apps is a definate bonus on HTC and iPhone over blackberry. If you’re wanting a phone to record music sessions then iPhone is WAY better than HTC because HTC compresses recorded sound so much it sounds like you’re underwater! Ultimately though, I chose HTC because it syncs to my Google calendar (which is online and sync-able from anywhere at anytime, as opposed to just being on my pc back home), the Android SDK’s open source and the real keyboard’s great!

  9. roydude
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Forgot to say – although it wouldn’t last 2 days, my HTC lasts for a day very comfortably, with 3g network and wifi (when available) and even satellite tracking always on. I get around 10 emails a day, check my calendar, play golf and get twitter updates about 5 times a day too. I usually charge it it night from about midnight until about 7am.

  10. chris
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Unlike the Dream and the iPhone, you can get walking directions and transit directions, and also enable Google Latitude if you feel like broadcasting your location to your friends.

    Um.. what? latitude is available on dream.

  11. roydude
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    …. oooh and another thing …

    Any new email I get is picked up by my HTC within literally a few seconds.

    Also, a firmware upgrade ‘happened’ the other day, which seems to have extended my battery life quite dramatically (perhaps 30% better now at a guess – by the end of the day it’s now has around 65-70% battery life left).

  12. Scott
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Nice review. just one question: How do they perform as telephones?
    Like: Ear-piece volume? Comfort to hold next to head for call vs. being dependent upon Bluetooth headsets?
    I know most people forget about the basic function, but to some of us, the basic is still the most important function.

  13. roydude
    Posted May 22, 2009 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    My HTC is the nicest ‘phone’ I’ve owned – the sound’s really clear and it’s very comfortable because of it’s size : not a tiny little thing – a nice shape and size to be holding to your head! I’d imagine iPhone probably benefits from that too.

  14. Posted May 28, 2009 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    This is actually the best review of all the devices I’ve read, period. Although like someone pointed out earlier, the review of actually call quality is needed.

    For the most part, all three phones have a lot they could learn from one another. The iphone excels at consumer usability but falls short for practical business use. The blackberry in built for the enterprise but a typical consumer will always walk away disappointed. And the dream/G1 can teach both phones about open and free modification of the software.

    As for as the apps are concerned, the iphone and dream only make apps more accessible. But the bold has the actual greatest number of apps because it supports J2ME. And although the iphone is popular, the are a lot more blackberries still out there.

    For comparison of which phone is better, you have to consider your needs and how the manufacture of the phone fits your needs.

    Consumer – music, games, style
    Apple – clear winner here as almost all other products are focused on the average, mid-upscale consumer
    HTC – Provides so many phones it’s hard to call. Most phones are limited by software and carriers than actual hardware.
    Google – Great for free stuff for consumers
    RIM – Horrible consumer history. They don’t have the necessary experience to become a great consumer supplier.

    Business – e-mail, support, efficiency
    Apple – Never really focused on businesses and unlikely to start. Not cost effective either and consumer glamor can hurt productivity.
    HTC – Again, provides so many phones it’s hard to call. Most phones are limited by software and carriers than actual hardware.
    Google – Great for expanding marketing opportunities and free and inexpensive services to small businesses.
    RIM – Company was, is,and always will be about business products and services. Best choice for keeping employees focused.

    Somewhere between business and pleasure
    Choose on overall price and experiment. You’re truly at a three way stop and with the advent of the Palm Pre, you’re going to be at a tough four way stop sign soon.

  15. KISHOR MUNGALE
    Posted June 19, 2009 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Will iPhone 3gS make a differance to this calculations ?

  16. Mutassem (@Sonoarabo)
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Very nice article, but if I may say, many people complain about battery not being replaceable on iPhone, I am an iPhone owner for more than a year, I haven’t faced battery problems or actually heard of anyone who has, that also includes battery lifetime, I believe that is a point buyers should not concider as a major vulnerability, on the contrary, the sealed design of this phone ensures it’s durability and long life.

  17. EdgarVonBinkle
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Hey,
    Great article, a few months ago I had this dilemma of picking between the three. Ultimately I went with the Dream, and am happy with it. One thing which struck me about your article was where you said, “While the sliding screen mechanism seems surprisingly solid, the rest of the phone doesn’t – making it [HTC Dream] one smartphone you would definitely not want to drop.” When I first got the phone, I would have agreed entirely with you, the casing felt like it belonged a bit more on a toy than on a cell phone. However, a mere two weeks after I got it, I was running across the street to meet my friend, and my phone flew out of the pocket of my hoodie and smashed into the road in front of me. Assuming the worst, I bent down to pick up what I assumed was going to be a completely totaled phone. Much to my surprise, it was completely fine! The only evidence of damage I could find, and am still able to find 4 months later is a tiny superficial scratch on the top left corner of the phone. No software issues, no dents, scrapes, loose pieces, and most amazingly, NO damage to the touch screen! Not even a scratch. Now it might just be that I was extraordinarily lucky about which part of the phone hit the ground first, (upper left hand corner), but it has to be saying something about the durability of this phone that there was absolutely no damage caused to it other than the aforementioned ding in the corner. I have a feeling that the casing is made of some sort of high density polyethylene designed to be relatively scratchproof and maybe even absorb some of the bumps.

    Just saying not to entirely discount the durability of this plastic phone!

  18. Jeff
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    HTC Dream Durability:
    Last summer I accidentaly left my black Dream on the roof of my black car. Very shortly after, I hit 95 km/h, and I heard my phone slide off the roof, and in the rearview, bounce off the trunk and ‘explode’ on the road behind me, pieces spinning and bouncing along the pavement. When I finally found all the pieces, I re-assembled it, powered up, and it has worked perfectly ever sice. The only damage is some serious gouges in the corners.
    I have 2 friends with iPhones. Both are shattered. In my totally uneducated opinion, it looks like the metal band around the edge of the phone transfers forces directly from the side of the phone into the glass, causing it to crack and spider. Surprisingly however, the display and touch inputs are functional.

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