Holy cow! I was rummaging through the basement of statistics and kept seeing the search terms “blackberry vs treo” coming up in the results that brought people to my site. Then, I finally decided to go to Google and find out how far people have to go to get here.
I’m on the FIRST PAGE!? That’s right. Number 10 on Google’s search for the term. Holy cow. Well, perhaps I should write a little bit more to satisfy those who are visiting.
Below is my comparison, perhaps I’ll go more into detail if you’d like:
Good: Blackberry 7100t
- The scroll wheel for navigation. It’s my first Blackberry, and I’ve found out why people rage about it. The scroll wheel is a wonderful way to navigate.
- USB connector. I’ve never seen a phone that uses a USB cable for connecting both to the laptop or to the power adapter. Now that is just cool. One standard (read: not expensive to replace) cord to do everything. I think they even gave me 2 in my box.
- Light weight. This baby is seriously light compared to the Treo.
- Battery life is awesome (obviously depends on talk time) and it charges quickly when in the wall, not so quick plugged into a Mac’s USB port. But, the fact it charges while plugged into a laptop is pretty dang skippy.
- Push email for no extra charge. It’s almost worth getting just for that.
Bad: Blackberry 7100t
- The scroll wheel. Yes, I know I put it on the Good list too. It’s a great way to navigate if you keep things simple. Unfortunately, the more features that come out and the versatile Blackberries try to be, the more features you have to scroll through to get to the one you use all the time. It tries to default to the one you want, but doesn’t do a good job if you’re particular about things like I am.
- Typing on the keyboard stinks. They say you can type an email quickly with the SmartType (or whatever it’s called), but it’s not easy. You can type it out quickly, but then I have to go back and edit all the words it didn’t get right. It’s not easy to edit either. Ctrl this, Shift that, scroll, no not that button. Yea… not easy.
- Web browser stinks. It’s ugly, not fully rendered (text only) and you have to use the scroll bar to get from one link to another. In these days of lots of info on a page, I was hoping for better scrolling with the wheel.
- No PDF support (or .doc, .xml, etc). As a business person, this kind of support is essential.
Good: Treo 650
- Full keyboard. Although it’s small. I eventually got good enough typing with my thumbs that I could whip out an email in a few seconds.
- Camera. I can’t tell people enough about how I want my camera back. I would take photos of tons of stuff I see during the day and email them to this blog. Now, it’s like going through withdrawls from crack.
- Quick navigation from the middle buttons.
- PDF, Word, Excel, and more support. Not to mention it was very easy to view the attachments in my email.
- Customized menus.
Bad: Treo 650
- The camera was only .3 megapixel, which was fine, even if kinda grainy, for website stuff. I’m not gonna make prints off ’em. (rumor: the Treo 700w will have a 1.3 megapixel camera on it. Yay.)
- It’s quite the weighty phone. Although, for basically a mini laptop, I don’t expect it to be a feather.
And the Winner Is….
As some of my older posts have noted, I prefer the Treo 650 over the Blackberry 7100t any day of the week.
It’s unfortunate that T-Mobile doesn’t carry it or I’d go back to it today (T-Mobile is my recommended service of choice in the Bellingham, WA area). Sprint had the 650 but their service absolutely sucked. Although, I’ve heard that since the merger with Nextel, they might be better in our area now.
But, why go for the Treo 650 when I can just wait for T-Mobile to carry the 700w. I’ve been talking to some friends at T-Mobile who have informed me that they should be carrying it at the early part of 2006. Needless to say, I’m stoked.
And this concludes the daily broadcast of my comparison between the Treo 650 and the Blackberry 7100t. I hope all you Google people find it worthwhile. If so, feel free to drop a comment and/or a trackback. Enjoy.