Written by Geoff Vaughan in Gadgets
Viewed by 135 readers since 04-21-2009
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt at least seen some examples of the touch screen cell phones that have come out in the past few years. For me, it’s gotten to the point where I look at a small-screen flip phone in the same way I look at a ’57 Chevy… with a mixture of nostalgia and gratitude that things have progressed significantly since then. Whether the touch screen phone completely supplants those with physical keys remains to be seen, but the one thing that’s certain is that this style of phone will be around for a while, at least until something better comes along.
Apple was first to market with its iPhone, and most agree that the company still reigns supreme in this segment. To be honest, the iPhone does have a few shortcomings, including the lack of a video camera and the inability to transmit true multimedia SMS, but these disadvantages are greatly outweighed by the phone’s vastly superior user interface. And guess what? According to the early previews of the iPhone OS 3.0, these shortcomings and more will be fixed by this next release. As for the ability to use the iPhone in a corporate enterprise environment, some I.T. Managers think it’s doable, but many more agree the iPhone is not yet ready for prime time, and that this task is better suited to a Blackberry, such as the…
RIM BlackBerry Storm
This phone is Research in Motion’s answer to the iPhone, and most agree that the company has really delivered with this model. While the capabilities of the two devices are very similar, the BlackBerry boasts a different kind of touch screen called the “SurePress”, which promises more accurate navigation and typing. To highlight an object, the user touches the screen, and to click that object, the user then presses down on the screen. In addition, a subtle click sound lets the user know when something has been pressed. Other improvements over the iPhone include a better camera, and better support for corporate enterprise uses. Through BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) software, I.T. Managers can centrally administer the company’s BlackBerries and lock one down if it’s lost or stolen.
One touchscreen model that’s been overlooked so far in the western world but has enjoyed a much greater level of popularity in Asia is the Samsung Omnia. This phone has many features of the iPhone and BlackBerry Storm, with a few key differences. With a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, the Omnia is the superior choice in this department by far. Other features of the camera include face detection, auto-panorama, and even the ability to record video. Another difference is that it runs on a flavor of Windows, namely Windows Mobile Professional. Whether that’s good or bad is up to one’s personal preferences, but this certainly makes it easier for inclusion in a corporate network that also runs Microsoft products.
All three of these phones represent excellent options with different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s up to you to determine the functionality that’s most important to you, and to choose the phone which more closely matches what you’re looking for. Whichever one you choose, the odds are good you’ll be pleased with the phone’s performance.