Carrier Choice Is No Longer a Barrier for the iPhone

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-10-17 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



5. Improved Web browsing

One of the biggest issues BlackBerry owners run into on their devices is the Web browsing. Too often, they're forced to scroll through huge pages on a small screen and can't quite get the full effect of surfing on a Website. On the iPhone 4S, however, browsing is a fantastic experience that, while not as good as desktop Web browsing, is a reasonable alternative. For users that do a lot of mobile Web surfing, ditching a BlackBerry device for an iPhone 4S is a smart move.

6. Siri is a fine enterprise feature

It's no secret that the vast majority of BlackBerry users have those devices because of their work. Around the world, companies still believe that RIM's handsets are best for their operations. But with Siri, that might change. That application, which is available exclusively on the iPhone 4S, allows users to employ voice commands to run various applications and mobiles services. Siri can write up emails, send out messages and more. It's an ideal personal assistant that most would agree works quite well. And it's a fine option for former BlackBerry users.

7. Physical keyboards are boring and unnecessary

If one looks at RIM's product line, they'll find that it's overrun with devices featuring physical keyboards. That might appeal to some folks, but with the current state of smartphone design, physical keyboards are looking old hat. Like it or not, Apple has ensured that virtual keyboards are the future. But so far, for most of its products, RIM hasn't accepted that. Unfortunately for RIM, consumers have. Many are deciding that the iPhone 4S, with its top-notch virtual keyboard, is an ideal option when trying to switch from physical keys.

8. Security isn't an issue

When the iPhone first launched in 2007, there was some concern that the device would suffer from security woes. Because of that, cautious companies decided to stick with RIM's line of devices, since, they believed, they would prove to be most secure. But now more than four years later, it's clear that iOS is actually quite secure, and companies worried about the safety of their data shouldn't be all that concerned with Apple's products-especially the iPhone 4S.

9. More (and better) apps

Although RIM has its BlackBerry App World, that marketplace pales in comparison to the Apple App Store. The App Store comes with many more applications-more than 500,000 at last count. For the most part, iPhone applications are higher quality and have more capabilities because of the generally higher quality of Apple's smartphone. Those looking for better (and more) applications should ditch the BlackBerry in favor of Apple's iPhone 4S. Not only does it support all the applications in the App Store, but thanks to its dual-core processor and higher-quality camera, it takes full advantage of all the applications available.

10. Carrier choice is no longer an issue

In the past, BlackBerry owners justified their handset choices by saying that RIM's devices were available on any carrier's network. The iPhone, they said at the time, was only available on AT&T's service, which was an issue. But the iPhone 4S is different. That smartphone is available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint networks, making it nearly as ubiquitous as RIM's BlackBerry line. Those enterprise users who still say carrier choice is their biggest barrier to buying the iPhone need to rethink that argument.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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