Here is my take on each Smart Phone Platform.

Click Here for a pointer in the direction you should consider based upon the type of user and person you are

Why I Hate Apple

 

There are basically 4 Smart Phone platforms:

Here is my take on each one.

 

Apple iPhone:

Some iPhones are bad as a phone, antenna design not good, many people complain about dropped calls (This varies depending upon location and carrier)

Read a report here from Consumer Reports

Lacking in many features available on BlackBerry for years: http://www.imore.com/which-missing-features-do-you-most-want-apple-add-ios

Very Good for some Web surfing, but no Flash support on any Apple portable device, which means many web sites won't work.

NO Customizable LED and Profiles to let you setup your notifications as you desire.  Wouldn't want a LED to ruin the look of the iPhone.

Not available on all carriers, but getting better.

Web browsing pretty good

Very good for having lots of Apps to choose from, but ONLY the ones that Apple deems okay

Good choice for people that like to be controlled. Apple tells you what you are allowed to do.

Good for email & other text communications, just not as good for typing a lot.

OK for managing your life (calendars & such)

No Task List program included with the OS.

Memo program not linked to Outlook

The phones Look very nice

Has bugs, sometimes does not Sync to Outlook very well if you want Over The Air syncing.

You have to use iTunes to sync, one of the most terrible, despised programs ever written.

Good camera, better than many others

If you do setup OTA Calendar & Contact Sync, battery life goes Down the drain.

Summary: Fun Toy with some business use

 

Android:

Decent as a phone, but different models can be better or worse

It's an immature, but open OS, only available a short time, but very popular

Many different phones from different companies, some with good features like cameras, some with crap.

Looks cool

Web browsing pretty good

Many Apps to choose from, some crap, some good

Good choice for people that do NOT like to be controlled, almost like the Wild West.

Battery life is terrible because most of the screens are large and all of the Apps that people like to have running

Good for email & other text communications

OK for managing your life (calendars & such) if you like Google to have all of your information

No Task List or Memo program included with the OS.

Does not Sync to Outlook.

No Blackberry Messenger

Summary: Holds promise, but battery life and no Outlook Sync can be a dead end

RIM Blackberry

Very good as a phone, some models have small keyboard/numbers, others are touch screen.

Customizable LED and Profiles let you setup your notifications as you desire. 

It's a very stable, mature platform designed for Reliable, Secure, Efficient, Fast email & other text communications

Many different models on all carriers, some have good cameras and other features.  Some models are a bit lacking.

Current models are very cool looking

Web browsing on new models is very good and matches other platforms

Many Apps to choose from, some crap, some good.  (Study's show that people only use a few apps in actual day to day use)

The BEST for email & other text communications

Good choice for people that value consistency and efficiency

Battery life is generally very good, with removable batteries for those that need it.

Great for managing your life (calendars & such)

Has Email, Contacts, Calendar, Task List and Memo program included with the OS.

Has Blackberry Messenger for Instant Messaging with other Blackberry Users

DOES Sync to Outlook, either via USB Cable or over the air depending upon what server you use.

Uses less data because it's compressed, Saves You Money Every Month on your data plan compared to ALL the others!

Summary: Not as flashy, but reliable with some nice features, some models with the big touch screen.

Another user said this:

It annoys me that people keep clamoring about how RIM needs to "catch up" to Google and Apple. If you're talking about entertainment devices, then yes. But if you're talking about premier business/personal organization devices, they are LIGHT-YEARS ahead. Apples and oranges.

Another user said this:

I would say, if you like downloading and watching movies with your phone or if there is an app you just can't live without then stick to the iPhone. If you want a world phone on any network that has great coverage and supports messaging even during an earthquake. Has great e-mail, messaging, the best keyboard ever, NFC, is now FINALLY super fast, great web browsing and is secure then the choice is one of the new BB's.

 

Windows Phone 7

Probably good as a phone, only a few models availabe

It's an immature OS, only available a short time

Looks cool, new tile interface

Web browsing pretty good

Very few Apps to choose from

Battery life is unknown, but probably not good because most of the screens are large and all of the Apps that people like to have running

Good for email & other text communications, just not lengthy typing

OK for managing your life (calendars & such)

???? No Task List or Memo program included with the OS.

Does not Sync to Outlook via cable

Summary: Holds promise, but still many missing features and some stupid design features


For me, there are some important things that I need and some things I just like, but can do with or without.

I have tried and tried and tried to make Android and iPhone work as well as Blackberries for the things that are important to me. It can't be done.

I need the Precision of a trackpad or similar and a One-Hand use Qwerty Keyboard.

I need to Sync Email, Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Tasks with Outlook, over the wire to BES preferably.
My years of Memos from my Palm need to come with me and be available even if the internet is not.

I need shortcut Text Substitution and a fast way to enter the current date into a Calendar note (finally coming to iPhone in IOS5)

I need fast, reliable Email.

I need good quality Phone calls, fast, easy to find somebody in my huge contact list.

I need copy and paste, easy to use and precise.

I need Google Search and occasional web site viewing.

I need a customizable Database that syncs with a Windows app.

I need a Vehicle Fuel and Maintenance tracking app.

I need a Shopping List app that can import and handle my 550 item list.

I need a replaceable battery and good battery life.

I need it to work on Verizon Wireless and Global also.

I want a big touch screen
I want to play a game or two
I want to listen to music sometimes
I want to check Facebook and maybe twitter on occasion
I want an eBay App

Only one brand of device meets all of the Needs and most of the Wants.

 

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