Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Iphone vs Smartphones - a Complete Chart N95, Blackjack, Blackberry Curve & Treo 750

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Yesterday I posted a quick chart that was supposed to add to the features/specifications chart comparison that Apple Released comparing the iPhone to some of the competing phones including the n95, Blackjack, Blackberry Curve and Treo 750 .  That post received a bunch of hits, but several commenters pointed out some mistakes in the chart I posted as well as some missing specs.  So in another attempt I'm trying this again.  This time I've added back the Curve 8300 and the Treo 750 to the chart just as Apple did and I've added some additional specs as well.

In the end, I'm not sure which one wins on the specifications and features list.  I will be the first to admit the iPhone is different and has the intagible "look and feel" factor going for it by a large margin.  The multi-touch interface is just amazingly cool.  I saw another tv commercial for the iPhone last night and I am always blown away by how cool it is.  I think time will tell how the slower edge network speed will affect the functionality.  Another thing I'll be interested is how people will fare with the touchscreen interface.  Will it be difficult to use (dialing phone numbers without buttons)?  Will the smudges on the screen be a problem?  Will the glass display be a bad thing or will it really be an advantage over the plastic?

This much I know.  The interface is really cool, the iTunes support and the ability to use it with iPod docking solutions all will make this a popular device.  I would probably buy one if I had the money to do it.  Speaking of price, I didn't include that on the chart because that will fluctuate over time, but right now you should be able to get the iPhone for cheaper than the N95, but not cheaper then the 8300 or the 750.

Let me know in the comments which one you like better.  Are you planning on buying one of these in the next few months?  Is an iPhone in your future?

Apple iPhone Nokia N95 Samsung Blackjack Blackberry Curve 8300 Palm Treo 750
Thickness 11.6 mm 21 mm 11.7mm 15.5 mm 22 mm
Overall Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 in. 3.9 x 2.1 x 0.8 in. 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.46 in. 4.2 x 4.0 x 0.6 in. 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.
Weight 135g 120g 106g 111g 153g
Screen size 3.5 in. 2.6 in. 2.2 in. 2.5 in. 2.5 in.
Storage 4gb or 8gb up to 2gb microSD up to 2gb microSD up to 2gb microSD up to 2gb microSD
Display Surface Glass Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes No No
Touchscreen Yes No No No No
Replacable Battery No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Talk Time 8hrs 6.5hrs 5.5hrs 4hrs 4hrs
Keyboard - see while typing No Yes Yes Yes Yes
View Flash Apps Not at this time Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS No Yes No No No
Quad Band Yes Yes Yes
Data Network Speed Edge
200 kbps max
3g 385 kbps max HSDPA 385 kbps max Edge 200 kbps max HSDPA 385 kbps max
Bluetooth 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.2
FM Radio No Yes No No No
Camera 2mp 5mp + 2nd 1.3mp + 2nd 1.3mp + 2nd 1.3mp
Removable SIM Not Sure Yes Yes Yes Yes