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HELP! Blackberry Storm vs. iPhone

23 Mar


I’ve got that standing-in-the-middle-of-the-cereal-isle-at-the-grocery-store feeling again, but instead of staring at Frosted Berry Oats and Cocoa Puffy Flakes, I quiver at the thought of having to choose between Verizon’s Blackberry Storm and AT&T’s iPhone.


That being said, I’m an effing tech gadget freak.  Hence, my odd obsesssion with wanting to make the right decision.  Admittedly, I adore all-things Apple/Mac related.  I absolutely will NOT go back to a PC after experiencing a Mac. While I’m on the brink of purchasing my next cell phone, I’m also gearing up to purchase the new 17-inch Macbook Pro with the revolutionary 8 hour battery. (Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!)

But my passion for Mac hasn’t necessarily affected my loyalty to other brands.  I’m currently a Verizon customer, and have been for several years. I’m happy with my service (especially coming from Sprint).  I think Verizon Fios is amazing.  Verizon’s claim to Fios service is Apple/Mac’s claim to the iPhone.  Both companies are superior at what they do.  The iPhone is probably one of the best cell phones on the market because it’s made by the best computer software company in the world.  Similarly, Verizon’s multifaceted service (i.e. land line, cable, and high speed internet) is the best around, and probably explains their award-winning wireless network reliability.

So, as you can see, my choice here ain’t easy. It’s like asking which Michael Jordan would you rather have on your team; the 1987 Jordan or 1988 one?

While Jordan averaged more total points in ’87, he won his first MVP title in ’88 (an award presumably given to the best all around player of the year).

It seems that what it all comes down to is preference; which phone best accommodates my needs and wants.

Here’s the rundown.

Verizon Blackberry Storm

  • As it stands now, I’m at the end of my contract with Verizon, which means I can easily switch to another provider without penalty – while also keeping my current cell phone number.
  • If I choose to renew with Verizon, I’ll only pay $99 for the BB Storm, but sign another 2 year contract.
  • I’m not quite sure if Verizon has an unlimited plan like AT&T does with the iPhone; this is crucial since most of my folks are Verizon and Sprint users.
  • I hate following trends, so by going with the BB Storm I’d feel like I wasn’t following every Tom, Dick, and Shaniqua who already owns an iPhone.  I’d totally be a radical in that sense.

AT&T iPhone 3G

  • Brand new contract; I’d likely spend close to $400 with purchasing the new phone and plan.  While the initial upfront costs are definitely steep, the overall plan coverage would be about the same with Verizon (a little over $100.00 per month).
  • iPhone Applications are impeccable.
  • iPhone is gearing up to launch it’s new 3.0 software to hit this summer – not sure what Verizon has/will have to match this new upgrade.
  • I’m a Mac chick, so I’m already used to Apple products and their functionality.

I’ve heard people say that the BB Storm is the best phone for work-related uses (e-mail especially) whereas the iPhone is the best choice for fun, entertainment (especially when browsing and texting).  I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be inundated with work-related stuff for the next few years of my life, so always being “accessible” via the Crackberry can be both a good and bad thing :-/

This video helped somewhat, in terms of functionality – but in the end, I was still left hopelessly confused.

So now that I’ve scoured the message boards, perused the reviews, and closely observed most of the YouTube demonstration videos, I’m ready to venture into a Verizon store and an Apple store to test out the doohickies in question.

But in the meantime, perhaps you all might have some suggestions for me to further ponder.

What do you think: BB Storm or iPhone?