Blackberry Curve or Apple iPhone?

The trackball on my BlackBerry Curve recently stopped working properly. I can still scroll up, left and right … but I cannot scroll down. After screaming several profanities at the no longer so “smart” phone, smacking it to make it behave and rebooting it a million times without success, I finally did some research and purchased a replacement trackball from Amazon for a whopping $6. (The electronic store near my house wanted to charge me $65 for the replacement.)

While I’m waiting for the part to arrive, I figured it would make sense to look into upgrading my phone entirely. Apparently the most popular choices for attorneys these days are the Blackberry Curve 8900 and the iPhone 3G.

I’m inclined to go with the Blackberry 8900 since it’s the new and improved version of what I use now. It is stylish; has a physical keyboard that is specially designed for ease of use with email and Web browsing; allows for editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without an additional app; and the display has been made larger, with better resolution. It also can take 3.2-megapixel pictures and video.

My associate, Shannon, votes for the iPhone.

Her arguments: The Blackberry Curve doesn’t have 3G network and is about twice as expensive as the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G operating system will be updated this summer, allowing for faster-loading Web pages, quicker email delivery and smoother video streams. The display is larger than the Blackberry’s. The iPhone App Store generally has a broader selection than the Blackberry App World and, surprisingly, may have more corporate software apps. (An app is in the works by QuickOffice that will allow editing of Word and Excel documents, instead of only allowing viewing of the documents.)

Overall, Blackberry has a reputation for meeting the needs of professionals. The iPhone has a reputation for innovation and user-friendliness.

Are there any attorneys out there who have used both and can compare? Shoot me an email via the contact form at with your thoughts.

Daliah Saper of Saper Law

Daliah Saper of Saper Law

Daliah Saper and Shannon Bond
Saper Law Offices LLC

~ by CDLB on April 21, 2009.

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