BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 vs Apple iPhone 4

Vs Paul Briden 17:39, 14 May 2011

We see how the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 stacks up against the might of the Apple iPhone 4

We compare the Apple iPhone 4 to the brand new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900.

Form:
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 – 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, 130g
Apple iPhone 4 – 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm, 137g

These two handsets could not be any more different visually, the iPhone is a looker with a design like a shard of sculpted and polished glass, meanwhile the BlackBerry has a squashed and frumpy appearance with both a screen and keyboard squeezed awkwardly into its frame.

It’s not hard to see why Apple’s designs have been so successful to the point of imitation by other manufacturers.

Winner – Apple iPhone 4

Display:
The Bold’s TFT capacitive touchscreen is a little on the dinky side of things at 2.8-inches, the resolution clocks in at 640 x 480 pixels and an impressive 287 dots-per-inch (dpi), it also uses RIM’s ‘Liquid Graphics’ technology for enhanced graphics and a more responsive touch control experience. The screen shares its space with a Qwerty keyboard and an optical track pad, and an accelerometer sensor wraps-up the list of display features.

Apple has used an LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen in the iPhone 4, measuring 3.5-inches with a resolution of 640 x 960 pixels at 326 dpi. It features a scratch resistant oleophobic surface designed to reduce greasy fingerprints, multi-touch, accelerometer and gyro sensors.

The iPhone 4’s screen isn’t vastly bigger than the Bold’s but it’s enough to draw and hold our attention and both the resolution and dpi are higher too. We prefer a solid keyboard but not at the expense of screen space so as the Bold isn’t sporting a slide-out version this isn’t earning it any extra points.

Winner – Apple iPhone 4

Storage:
The BlackBerry has 8GB of internal storage while processing power is boosted by 768MB of RAM and Micro SD cards are supported up to 32GB.

Meanwhile on the iPhone 4 there are options for either 16 or 32 GB of onboard storage capacity, which is much more generous than the Bold, however, things start to go a little downhill from here with 512 MB RAM and no card support.

There’s nothing wrong with 512 MB RAM but the BlackBerry simply has more to throw around and no card support for the iPhone 4 is disappointing, though not exactly surprising.

The wealth of storage space on Apple’s device is a big plus in its favour though and in our view is of primary importance when it comes to phone storage, so in this round the iPhone 4 wins.

Winner – Apple iPhone 4

Processor:
Both handsets are powered by single core processors, the iPhone 4 uses a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor on the Apple A4 chipset and paired with a PowerVR SGX535 graphics processing unit (GPU).

The BlackBerry Bold, meanwhile, runs with a more powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm 8655 Snapdragon.

Not only do both these phones have a decent amount of muscle but they’ve been nicely optimised with their respective operating systems too, both therefore offer silky smooth performance as you navigate round the interface and multi-tasking with a selection of apps is also well handled.

On paper the BlackBerry should win with a more powerful processor and more RAM but in actual use both deliver equally satisfactory performance and we’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite between the two.

Winner - Draw

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you can obviously tell who ever wrote this has never used a blackberry before me personally have used both and would buy a new Bold 9000 before i took an Iphone for free. Blackberry is for adults who need a phone that works while iphones are for kids who like to play on there phone I also love how no one ever seems to point out some main things about blackberries like that they come with the drop to charge feature which you must purchase and add on to the back of iphones to make them bulky, blackberries come with features like voice text that you have to download an app for iphones and other users must download same app to be able to chat and really come on no one ever mentions shortcuts thats one of the biggest things i use on my blackberry i can already have my browser open and to a page while someone with an iphone is still trying to get safari open. Also i would like to know who is writing this bc if your not from blackberry then you have not even touched or probably seen the new blackberry bold 9900 or 9930 so i believe you should do a lil more hands on research before you start trying to compare two phones. Once you go Black you want go Back its a Fact

People with a Blackberry are much more productive just think if you are trying to get a job of some sort and the company sends out multiple emails to people well everyone that has a blackberry would immediately receive it and can respond which looks a lot better on their part so they could get the job before the people with an iphone even check there email to even know about it. Me I like to be productive and respond to peoples emails within the min they send them where you might have to wait half a day for someone with an iphone to receive the email and get back to you These two phones are not even in the same class my 4 year old nephew loves to play on the iphone like I said earlier iphones are for Kids

ya this is the dummest comparison ever in the history of electronics. apparently never used a bberry and suckin on the @#$% of apple!! there are other phones equal to, if not greater than the crapple-phone. i regret to inform you, making a phone with a touchscreen and stamping a piece of fruit on it does not make it the best thing since sliced bread. its all a marketing scheme. they made something "cool", and now they have, IMO, only attracted younger kids. it seems like the average age of iphone users gets younger and younger, kids in high school want the "white one" because its cool and they can play a bunch of games on it, and check fb. get real!! walking around, holding an iphone up to your ear, and thinking youre "hip" and "techsavvy" and "in the latest trend, only screams "i try to fit in" and "i play a lot of games on my phone" and "i love my little kid phone." im sure everyone wants a phone thats "user friendly" but jeez the last time i saw the menus and icons and such of an iphone i thought it was made for either grandmothers who need the ease of use, or a CHILD, who needs big icons and menus. seriously, iphones are OLD, and DONE, WAYYYYYY BETTER PHONES IN THIS WORLD!!

This is the result of a review done by an apple fanboy who has not graduate from kindergarten. He obviously bias towards iphone 4. The most stupid comment i've ever read in the history of mobile phone is when i read the section on design comparison. If you don't like the idea of keypad and screen to share the same place, then just enjoy your iphone without making stupid review like this idiot.

This is the result of a review done by an apple fanboy who has not graduate from kindergarten. He obviously bias towards iphone 4. The most stupid comment i've ever read in the history of mobile phone is when i read the section on design comparison. If you don't like the idea of keypad and screen to share the same place, then just enjoy your iphone without making stupid review like this idiot.

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The Blackberry has long been the king of the smartphone space - especially for businesses, where it has become an indispensable tool for many companies. But the iPhone - and especially the iPhone 4 - had the Blackberry playing catch up thanks to the iPhone's splashy media features, multi-touch screen, and sensors that allow apps to be controlled by moving the phone.&#13
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