iPhone 3GHello there Neeks, this is the first of what could be a new tradition for SOMM, a CrossOver Debate. When Lasha asked me to write a column about “why the iphone sucks as a business machine” due to my devotion of the greatest little business machine in the Blackberry, I gladly accepted the challenge. For those that don’t know me, my name is Frank and I am the Chief Creative Director/Editorial Director of Sliceofmymind.com. Lasha is a great friend of mine and my “to go guy” for anything Apple and I’m his techie for anything Windows related. With the formalities behind us, let’s get straight to the topic at hand.

You can call me a tech savvy person or geek for short given that I can’t keep away from anything technological, but when Apple first announced the iPhone I wasn’t floored like the majority of geeks. I’ve always been a lover of Research in Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry and the iPhone wasn’t going to create any voids in that relationship. I knew the iPhone was going to be killer device, but when I heard some of my friends calling the iPhone a BB killer, I quickly shouted foul. The BlackBerry as a business device is leagues ahead of the iPhone. There are many reasons why the iPhone can’t tackle the Blackberry as a business phone, but I’m going to give you my top five reasons....

5. Maturity. The iPhone has a lot of growing to do if it wants to take the market and mindshare the BlackBerry holds. The BlackBerry OS is mature and outside of a few quirks, can do everything the iPhone does and more…better. When Apple leaves out simple things like copy & paste from the iPhone, you can’t expect it to beat RIM in the major business application duties like BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).

4. Ultimate Wireless Usability. Whether you are at home, at the office or out and about, the BlackBerry is king of wireless usage. If your service provider allows it, you can use the BlackBerry with Wifi to use the web or other online activities. If you have a laptop near, you can use the BB as a tethered modem, either wirelessly or with a USB cable, with wifi or your phone’s service provider data plan.

3. Hardware Input. This is going to be a dinger. Like console gamers with a controller versus PC gamers with a mouse and keyboard, it is all about the input. If you are one of the latter, you know the mouse and keyboard beats a controller in a landslide in almost all activities and the input between the BlackBerry and iPhone is no different. A full QWERTY keyboard is going to beat the virtual keyboard of an iPhone 9 out of 10 times. Couple that with the Trackball and you have a mouse and keyboard in the palm of your hand.

2. Corporate. The BlackBerry is a business device after all and is king of the corporate world. Before the mainstream BlackBerry phones like the Curve, Pearl and now Storm, the BlackBerry was and still is the iconic phone 90% of business folk use. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server is software that allows complete wireless collaboration and messaging of major business applications like Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and more. Basically BES brings the office to you. Not only that, but you can edit a lot of application formats on your phone, like Microsoft Office docs and spreadsheets, natively.

1. E-mail. You can’t think about a BlackBerry and not think of e-mail. From e-mail filters, remote searching, full attachment viewing and HTML, the BlackBerry is the master of e-mail. I’ll say this, before getting a BlackBerry, e-mail didn’t mean much to me. Now, whenever I see that little red light blinking or hear that beeping sound, it’s like Christmas morning. It feels funny stating this, as I use to be a huge notebook user, wherever I went I had one of my notebooks with me but since the day of me buying my first BlackBerry, my notebook usage was cut in half and if you ask my girlfriend…that’s a huge improvement.

Well those are my top five reasons why the BlackBerry wins over the iPhone as a business device. I can proudly say I am a crackberry addict but I tried to write this article with as little bias as possible (I said I tried!). Feel free to argue if you’re an Apple zealot, but you know I am right regarding these reasons. I have no doubt in my mind that if Apple really wanted to steal RIM’s thunder, they probably could but as it stands now, BlackBerry is King!