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  • Make Up Your Mind, Business People! iPhone or BlackBerry?

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    The back and forth love/hate relationship that "business people" have with the iPhone is getting really annoying.

    Whenever one report is published that BlackBerry users are starting to take another look at the iPhone, a "study" is soon after released that states the exact opposite with some degree of proposed scientific authenticity.

    Most such "studies" convey the BlackBerry as the preferential smart phone for sophisticated, cosmopolitan professionals. That statement, of course, is usually followed by a subsequent observation that derides the iPhone as a "silly toy" for people who simply aren't serious enough for success.

    Just yesterday, however, a rather large study by a credible organization revealed something you don't hear very often: the iPhone is now preferred to the BlackBerry among business users.

    In a survey, conducted by JD Power and Associates on business users’ satisfaction with their handsets between January and June 2009, the iPhone bagged the top spot, outperforming rivals like RIM BlackBerry, LG, and Samsung.
    Apple has made it clear that it doesn't intend for the iPhone to be the ultimate business tool. But you can tell Apple takes notice (if not offensive) to the routine claims of how superior the BlackBerry is to the iPhone for business users. Needless to say, this latest study must come as welcome gem of unanticipated good news.

    Factors depicting business user satisfaction include ease of operation, physical design and handling, operating system, features as well as battery functions. On an index score of 1,000, Apple’s iPhone scored an impressive 803, followed by RIM BlackBerry with a score of 724.
    Incredibly, better than 50% of business users surveyed revealed downloading third-party games to their iPhone for entertainment purposes. Sounds a lot like a contradiction to earlier criticisms about the iPhone not being serious enough for business users, doesn't it?

    Just had to rub that in.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Make Up Your Mind, Business People! iPhone or BlackBerry? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      it'll never penetrate the business world like the BB's did. Even if they got the software up to BB level (offline email functions, better exchange connectivity, more secure, multiple exchange account options, etc) the iTunes integration will always hold them back. As a system admin i can say that the thought of having to have itunes on all work machines is a thought that keeps me up at night! the extra network chatter and legal implications that would bring is terrifying. Love the phone and I would never consider taking the company paid for BB but for any large company that needs to remain ISO certified this will just never happen.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      You know, honestly, I don't think Apple care who uses their phones. Of course, they want business people to take a liking to the iPhone, but I live on a college campus ATM and honestly, about 10% of the cell phones (yes, CELL PHONES, not smartphones) I see are iPhones. BlackBerries on the other hand, were obviously intended for business usage. You don't often see corporations passing out iPhones like they are BlackBerries. In my opinion, people view the iPhone as a "luxury" smartphone. If you NEED to have email and light browsing on the go, BlackBerry is for you. Corporations attempt to "hook up" their employees with this "eternally reachable" method by passing out BlackBerries. In the business world, the BlackBerry is the "need" and the iPhone is the "want." And until iPhone prices get on-par with BlackBerries (which, they doubtfully ever will), BlackBerry will be synonymous with business phone.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      The iPohne got a huge range of different fuctions, which are appealing to business users, thanks to the appstore, like making transactions and so on.
      But you can't beat a BB when it comes to writing long mails etc.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      They had the gall to mention battery life in the article. I gotta laugh at this because my battery is crap.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
      iBerry!

      or if you're from the South "blackPhone!"

      Guess if they made an iPhone with windows mobile i would be called an iBerry! LOL!
      Or maybe a P.O.S?
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by JAG2621 View Post
      Guess if they made an iPhone with windows mobile i would be called an iBerry! LOL!
      Or maybe a P.O.S?
      That might be the case...if BlackBerries ran on Windows Mobile. Which they don't.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      iPhone for the win
      even people that have BB tell me they would rather have an iphone after playing with mine
      iPhone needs a sort of BlackBerry Messenger thing tho.
      if iPhone is #1 now, that would make it #0
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      There are messaging apps that communicate with BB's and also iPhone to iPhone. iPhone ftw.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      If I'm running a business, I would give my employee a blackberry exactly because iPhone is far far better. If I give them iPhone, then they'll be able to do everything personal and pleasurable with it, rather than spending their time actually working for me. With Blackberry, it sucks so much that nobody wants to use it other than checking email.

      That will be my line of thinking, if I'm the boss. :-)