Blackberry or iPhone, which one should a journalist own?

A lot of different Smartphones exist on the market, but only two truly stand out: the Blackberry and the iPhone. The aficionados of both brands keep claiming one or the other is best, so I decided to take a closer look at both phones and decide for myself.

The questions I want to answer today are:  “which phone is better for what purpose? And as future journalists which one should we own?”

First of all, one quick information, the Blackberry was created with business use in mind, the iPhone for a personnel use. Even though today the genres are mixing and people use Blackberry for personnel use, and business men might use the iPhone for work. It is clear that when the phones were created, they were designed to fit certain expectations depending on the consumers they were targeted for.


A Blackberry configured with Microsoft Exchange retrieves automatically new emails, without the user having to do anything, the iPhone does not. With a Blackberry, as soon as a message is sent it is downloaded immediately and the owner of the phone gets a warning that he or she has a new message. The iPhone on the other hand retrieves new information at most every 15 minutes and only from one inbox at a time, so it needs a regular check to see if anything new was sent, making email operation less effective on an iPhone.

The Blackberry clearly dominates the mobile email category

Battery life

The iPhone battery has a shorter life because it is used for more tasks that require a lot of energy, like web browsing or gaming. Plus it does not help the battery life of the phone if the user has to constantly check and open his or her email account to make sure nothing new was sent. The battery problem makes the phone less reliable because the user needs to make sure he will be able to recharge his phone anywhere he goes.

On this department, the Blackberry wins


Application wise, no comparison can be made, the iPhone is much better and more furnished as countless applications and games exist for the user. Applications have been the highlight of the brand since its creation. There are thousands of them existing. People can even create their own. Obviously some are useless but many other facilitate every days life. In comparison the Blackberry apps seems very poor.

The iPhone wins this one


The operating system of the iPhone is the most technologically advanced and has a better graphical interface than the Blackberry. The iPhone screen is bigger so navigating on the web and watching videos is best on it, the typing is not easier as the virtual keyboard can sometimes be hard to handle, but it is just as hard as the small blackberry keys.

The iPhone is also very interactive, mostly because of its touch screen and motion sensibility. The user can navigate online very easily because everything flows naturally. All the operations the phone does are much more intuitive than with the Blackberry.

One advantage for the Blackberry is that it synchronizes new information automatically with the WIFI. When a user makes changes in his calendar or in his contact list for example, changes appear automatically. The iPhone does not synchronize information changes from one application to another.

Security wise, the Blackberry is considered as one of the most secured phones for storing and transmitting data, which is an important guarantee for professionals

Another important point for the Blackberry is that all the Office documents can be opened but more importantly edited with the phone. On the iPhone they can only be opened.

We can call it deuce for this part, both phones have their technical advantages.


The Blackberry seems to be better for business and advanced professional use because it is a small desktop extension and you can basically do anything you would normally do on a laptop.

If you are a business man it seems that the iPhone is lacking some vital functions to be a valid choice. Even if the designers always try to add better application to make the phone more professional, Blackberry is still ahead.

On the other hand, the iPhone is a success in large audiences mostly used for personnel purposes because it is seen as more innovative, interactive and fun

The iPhone is recommended for a personnel use and the blackberry as an extension of the professional environment. Blackberry wins for business use and security, iPhone for personal use and innovations. But when it comes down to functioning in the business world and having a practical phone, Blackberry wins.

As for a journalist it is difficult to decide which phone to own. I guess it depends on what the person wants to do with his or her phone and what he or she does on a daily basis. If the person spends most of the day inside and in meetings he might want to take a Blackberry, easier to manage for professional purposes. But then if the person is an aspiring journalist spending its entire day running from one side to another and navigating on the web to search for the latest news, then an iPhone is fit for him.

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