First, let's talk about the brand-new Storm. The big thing everyone is talking about is it has BlackBerry's first touch screen. My bet is the gadget freaks will love the clickable screen because it's something new, but a reason smaller-business owners might want to consider the Storm is a lot of people find a touch screen is easy to use -- it can be more intuitive. The learning curve when you're actively clicking and scrolling on a screen can be less steep than when you're flipping through screens, getting lost.
So the Storm has a touch screen, and the iPhone has a touch screen, and each is retailing for $199. What's the difference between them, then? For every article I've come across stating that the Storm is the way to go, I've read another contradicting that theory.
The wise thing to do when considering which phone to choose for your business is to identify your business's needs.
But that brings me to another point: An even wiser thing to do is to consider whether you even need a smartphone. Because is all this talk about the shiniest, newest toy just a lot of hype? Does your business need every bell-and-whistle-laden gadget available?
Ask yourself these questions:
- How much memory do you need?
- Do you need a really good camera?
- Do you need to send photos?
- How technologically capable are your employees?
- Do you need GPS capabilities?
- Do you need to be able to watch and/or send video?
- How much are you willing to pay per month for service?
- What are your security concerns?
Once you identify which features are vital to your business, you can conduct more practical research involving the specifications of each product and therefore make a smarter decision in purchasing a phone, whether it's a smart one or an old-school, "dumb" phone.
But back to the beginning -- because the excitement really is contagious -- which do you think will prevail in the war of the smartphones -- the iPhone or the Storm?