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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.
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, Fast shipping RETINA, 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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION.
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, RETINA blogs, readable text. Pinch-zooming on the iPhone is neat, but leaves you to deal with horizontal scrolling.
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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION. Others will cringe at the idea of everyone with their e-mail address having a near instant ability to grab their attention.
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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, RETINA description, and Gmail on the Dream ranged from 20 seconds to 4 minutes. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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.
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.
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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, buy no prescription RETINA online. Tue, Apr 28, 2009) and there's two options - Mark Prior Opened and Delete Prior.
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The Bold can't create folders on the device, unless you're on BES. RETINA blogs, 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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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.
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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. RETINA coupon, 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, order RETINA online c.o.d. 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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, - The Dream has a few issues with ergonomics. With the keyboard open, Order RETINA from mexican pharmacy, 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.
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- 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, Buy RETINA online no prescription, 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
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We put Google Maps to the test on all three devices. Depending on your carrier, plan, RETINA duration, 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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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.
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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. Where can i order RETINA without prescription, Locations can be chosen from bookmarks, contacts, recent places or your current location. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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, RETINA dose.
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.
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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.
The HTC Dream's 1150mAh battery is woefully inadequate. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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, get RETINA, 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, After RETINA, 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.
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Copy and Paste
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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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION. Copy and paste doesn't work in Gmail app, but if you really need to copy text from an e-mail, RETINA price, coupon, 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. RETINA price, 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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, The iPhone 3G can view Word and Excel. Full Word and Excel support is available with Quickoffice, RETINA description.
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.
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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION.
The iPhone 3G has a 2 megapixel camera with no flash. Buy cheap RETINA, 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.
SyncingBUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, The BlackBerry Bold will sync with Exchange, BES and BlackBerry Unite.
The HTC Dream will sync Calendar, purchase RETINA, 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, RETINA images, 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.
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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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION. 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. BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION, 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, BUY RETINA NO PRESCRIPTION. 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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