iPhone vs. BlackBerry: A venture capitalist weighs in

July 25, 2007, 9:27 AM UTC

At TechCrunch, an interesting review of the iPhone comes from the experience of an anonymous financier who pitted the Apple (AAPL) device against Research in Motion’s (RIMM) BlackBerry 8800 during a two-week evaluation.

Among the conclusions:

  • The BlackBerry 8800 possesses GPS, which makes Google Maps much more useful, especially for turn-by-turn directions
  • The iPhone lacks basic cut and paste capabilities
  • Despite Apple’s reputation for superior user interface design, the BlackBerry possesses keyboard shortcuts that make navigation around and between applications a breeze
  • The BlackBerry’s phone quality is better than the iPhone’s
  • The Safari browser is certainly more stunning than the BlackBerry’s primitive browser, but the iPhone seems to load even text-only pages more slowly than the BlackBerry over the EDGE network
  • The BlackBerry possesses a general contacts application that makes contacting people by any given method more convenient
  • The battery runs out faster on the iPhone simply because it is used for more tasks. This makes it less reliable for when one must take the device somewhere overnight without the opportunity to recharge.

The full piece is worth a read, as are the comments.