There’s no question that the iPhone has proliferated the market, but it’s still used more for personal than business use. The majority of businesses are on BlackBerry devices. Thanks to Steve Jobs, the iPhone has revolutionized how people use their phones. Every kid I know wants one, including big kids.
There are many opinions of which device is best, but both accomplish similar business functionality for managing email, calendar, contacts and tasks. The iPhone is more consumer oriented with perhaps better music and video options. However, if you’re using a smartphone for business, BlackBerry has a reputation as a more secure device with better business user experience.
As an IT service provider we support both devices, which can be integrated into Microsoft Exchange for live instant wireless synchronization of your email, calendar, tasks, contacts etc. The integration is managed by ActiveSync service for the iPhone (cost $50/user/yr) or BlackBerry Enterprise Server ( BES ), which is free. This BES version eliminates the need of paying wireless providers the monthly BES service fee. So you can have full Exchange/Lotus/GroupWise & BB integration for free. When either smartphone is integrated into Exchange, all activity on your phone is synced with your Outlook.
For on the go road warriors that are heavy smartphone users, BB has the option of a device with a full non virtual keyboard and battery power to last. Plus BlackBerry Messenger is an instant messaging platform that allows you to send unlimited number of characters, voice recorded messages, video, pictures and know when your message has been delivered/read.
Synchronization Benefits via BlackBerry BES or ActiveSync
Tired of keeping track of which emails you’ve responded to or deleted on your device? When email is setup to be forwarded to a smartphone, you find yourself having to remember what email you’ve dealt with on your device when you’re on the road and having to manually deal (delete or move to folder) with it again when you’re back on your Outlook desktop. This process is cumbersome, non-productive and unnecessary.
With smartphone integration, whatever activity occurs on your smartphone, such as sending/deleting email, creating or rescheduling appointments, add/modify contacts and task, for example, your Outlook desktop will be automatically synchronise via the smartphone wireless service. There’s no need to worry about manual sync and human errors. It’s automatic and instantly synced.
How beneficial is this functionality? Let’s just say that once you have it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. We use it too, but don’t take our word for it, ask us what our customers have to say. In essence it will save you time, allow you to better communicate when you’re on the go and prevent duplication and human errors. Plus, if you want, you can have everything in the palm of your hands, including remote access to your network (depending on model of the device and security settings).
The latest iPhone and BlackBerry devices are better than ever, with cool new features, better battery life and improved performance.
- Incredible new high resolution screen
- Great music and video iTunes functionality
- FaceTime video conferencing (currently only available via WiFi & only to other iPhone 4 users)
- ActiveSync Microsoft Exchange integration for $50/user/yr
- Running and switching between multiple apps
- Cool gaming device
See all the features at: http://www.apple.com/iphone/
iPhone 4 Review: http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/22/iphone-4-review/
- Has a full keyboard and a virtual touch screen keyboard
- BlackBerry Messenger ( BBM )
- Free BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) for Microsoft Exchange integration
- Full lockdown & reset (wipe system) remotely via BES
- Complete security control of individual device settings (prevent software install, texting, BBM, etc.)
- Expandable flash memory slot to 32GB
- Universal search, scan your folders, apps, internet, email from one search
- Running and switching between multiple apps
BlackBerry Torch 9800 review
This is an interesting review. It’s one person’s opinion, but the best part is the reader’s feedback at the bottom of the article. Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/blackberry-torch-9800-review/
A fair opinion can only be formed with clear understanding of user and business requirements. We use the technology we recommend and on our network we currently have a mix of Windows Phone, iPhone and BlackBerry. Our customers use iPhones, but the great majority prefer BlackBerries. Each environment is different, so feel free to contact us and we can share our thoughts, experiences to help you make the best informed decision.
Having said that, if you’re a small organization with basic requirements and only need a few devices for the owner, a couple of top level management and security is not a big concern, most smartphone devices will meet your basic requirements.
As a business grows, the demand on technology systems becomes more important and so does security. Businesses with more than a couple of users can benefit from complete smartphone integration with email, calendar via Microsoft Exchange. Security should also be top of mind, in which case you may want to consider BlackBerry devices with BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
Whichever device you decide to implement, we can help you integrate into your business systems. Contact us for more information and advice.
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