The smart phone war has steadily escalated over the last two years. As of this writing, the iPhone is still the most popular smartphone on the market, but it is limited to using either AT&T or Verizon’s network. For users who do not want a long-term contract, getting an iPhone is not an option. People on other networks such as T-Mobile or Boost have to choose between a Blackberry or Android if they want a smartphone. The question of which one is better depends on which features matter the most to you.
Blackberry is the long time king of mobile email. Many reviewers praise the Blackberry’s full QWERTY keyboard and claim that it is easier and faster to use than the Android’s touch screen typing. However, some Android models do offer a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Blackberries synchronize with all kinds of email accounts, such as those from unique domains like a company’s website or webmail accounts like Gmail. Android phones can synchronize with multiple types of email accounts too, but the Android requires different apps in order to access each one. For example, accessing pop email and a Gmail account requires using two different applications. The Blackberry can access multiple email accounts using the same application. For mobile professionals who need to read and respond to emails quickly, a Blackberry is the best choice.
Traditionally speaking, the Android has had a huge advantage in the area of web browsing thanks to most models’ larger screen and touch screen controls. However, the Blackberry is competing aggressively in this area with the release of the Blackberry Torch, which offers a larger screen, and touch screen controls. Although, many consumers and reviewers have pointed out that the Blackberry Torch’s web browser is significantly slower than the Android’s. Another drawback is that the Blackberry Torch is only available through a very limited number of carriers. Users who want a better web browsing experience will be happier with an Android phone.
There are a growing number of applications being developed for both platforms on a daily basis. However, with the exception of the Blackberry Torch, the track pad navigation of Blackberries makes using some applications, like eBook or eComic Book readers, more difficult. Users looking for a more iPhone-like experience will appreciate the Android’s touch screen navigation.
A look back at the original design intentions of Blackberry and Android phones determines a lot about their best uses. Blackberries were developed as a PDA device for mobile professionals, while Google developed the Android as a consumer competitor to the iPhone. Both scenarios are still largely true. Blackberries are better smart phones for business productivity, but many consumers feel that Android phones are a lot more flexible and fun.
=== About the Author ===
Miranda S. is a medical student who enjoys blogging and writing about technology in her spare time. She contributes not only to tech sites but to the Guide to Medical Billing and educational/career sites as well.