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10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Choice of Carrier We're not sure where AT&T is getting its claim of having "more bars in more places" (maybe the same wishing well where Microsoft got its "people-ready software"), but in our experience, in locales all over the country, AT&T's coverage is plagued by more holes than a Swiss cheese dartboard. Unfortunately, with the iPhone, you've got no other choice (at least for now).... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Choice of Device Apple makes one iPhone -- a few more if you count the older models and various capacities that are available. But, they all look almost exactly the same. You know what that sound is when you put your ear up to a seashell? It's not the ocean. It's the resonating echo of the world's collective sigh of disappointment when the iPhone 3GS was announced and not a single cosmetic... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Multitasking One thing's for certain, the iPhone is all about choices. For example, should you browse the Web, or should you send a text message? Should you play a video game, or should you update your Facebook status? Unlike BlackBerry (and the Palm Pre), the iPhone doesn't allow third-party (and many first-party) apps to run in the background, thereby forcing us to do things one at a time.... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Multimedia Messaging (MMS) Maybe multimedia messaging (MMS) isn't important to you. Then again, how else are you supposed to convince friends of how adorable Mr. Peepers looks in the mini-sombrero you bought for him on your vacation? Yes, MMS is on its way to the iPhone by the end of summer, but what's that? Another two months? The fact that this feature hasn't been available on the iPhone... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Tethering Much like MMS, the ability to use your iPhone as a laptop modem was announced as part of the 3.0 software update -- it just wasn't actually included in it (for American iPhones, anyway). Unlike MMS, however, AT&T isn't even venturing a guess as to when tethering might be available. What's more, AT&T PR folks won't confirm if tethering is going to be allowed on all iPhone... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Better E-mail and Corporate Integration With the release of it's 3.0 operating system, the iPhone made some inroads toward being taken seriously as an enterprise device. But, its continued lack of offline access to e-mail should be a red flag for business users (not to mention anyone who wants to read and respond their e-mail in the middle of a flight or while on the subway). And, the fact is... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Keyboards Options Smartphone keyboards are kind of like your Senior Prom: Touching is good, but getting touched back is even better. You could do one-handed 'Dance Dance Revolution' on your iPhone all day and never know without using your eyes if you're actually pressing keys or not. Some folks don't mind such a one-sided relationship. A recent patent application filed by Apple hints at the... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Memory Card Slot Internal memory on all BlackBerrys is meager at best. The Cadillac of iPhones, on the other hand, has 32-gigabytes (GB) of built-in memory, making its lack of an expansion slot a near non-issue. But, imagine being able to instantly double your iPhone's capacity with a 32GB SD card. That extra beef sure would come in handy with the new video goodies on the 3GS. Plus, there are... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Removable Battery It's a trend more troubling than Capri pants on men: Apple's total boycott of removable batteries across its entire product line. Stripping us of the right to bear backup batteries for our cell phones is something only Apple would ever have the hubris to do. Yes, a built-in power cell begets a smaller form factor, but at what cost? How useful is a trimmer iPhone when the... Read more »

10 Ways BlackBerry Beats the iPhone

Sports to Go Though probably not a deal breaker for the 'World of Warcraft' set, sports fans should be aware that AT&T has crippled the Sling Media app for iPhone. If you're not familiar with Sling, it's a set top box that allows you access to your home TV and DVR over the Web. If you purchase a season pass to watch your favorite games on TV, you can watch them via Sling even if you're... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Text Message Not Ideal for Drug Deals The Text Sheboygan, WI, inmate and Oxycodone enthusiast Alicja Sawicki dialed up some trouble back in February after texting, "If Chad can get a bop and meet me at the jail at 8:45, I got the flow." The Turnabout Presumably in a rush to get a bop (pillhead-speak for hillbilly heroin) while temporarily let out of the pokey to attend a... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Bad Burglars Disregard Lessons from TV The Text In 2006, two crooks in ski masks broke into the Midvale, UT home of Jared and Cooper Colwell and stole the brothers' wallets and cell phones. Recognizing the voice of one of the perps, Jared later texted old friend and former houseguest Randall Talbot, saying, "Randy, I really want my phone back; I'll pay you $300." The... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Carjackers Go On Blind Date with Local Police The Text Earlier this year, Alan Heuss of Columbus, OH, was relieved of his BMW at gunpoint. When Heuss told friends of his misfortune, one suggested that they mess with the carjackers by sending an SMS to Heuss's phone (which was still in the stolen car) and pretend to offer Heuss a night of sweet drugs and women. The Turnabout ... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

FUNNY FOIBLES: Guy Lured by Sext. Loses Clothes, Dignity. The Text On Christmas 2007, a New Zealand man received a text informing him of a present that awaited the over-eager lad at a certain address. The gift: two very "friendly" women. To expedite consummation of said present, the sender suggested the man remove his clothes before entering the premises. The Turnabout Both our horndog... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

FUNNY FOIBLES: Man Breaks Texting, Phone Bill Records The Text Philly resident Nick Andes tested the limits of unlimited texting plans when he and a friend fired off 217,000 messages between each other in a one-month period, shattering the previous world record of 182,000. Most of the communiqués were kept to a succinct, "LOL" or "hello." The Turnabout For stressing its network,... Read more »
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