March Smart Phone Madness Game 2: BlackBerry Bold 9700 vs. Palm Pixi
Voting has concluded for this contest, but more Smart Phone Madness awaits!
Welcome to Game 2 of our March Smart Phone Madness, folks. Yesterday we saw the iPhone trample all over the HTC Touch Pro2 in what seemed like an unfair match-up. Will today’s round between the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Palm Pixi see the same one-sided results? Let’s go ahead and match them up to see where it goes!
The Bold 9700 is available for AT&T and T-Mobile, but today we’re picking the T-Mobile version in our battle. One edge that the T-Mobile version has over the AT&T model is its ability to make calls and send SMS over Wi-Fi. That feature alone could very well tip the results to the Bold 9700′s favor.
BlackBerry’s bread and butter is reliable push e-mail. The Bold 9700 offers real-time e-mail for almost every popular free mail client out there as well as your corporate or Enterprise accounts. Its keyboard is very comfortable and it’s so easy to type on that we can sometimes do it with our eyes closed. The 9700 also has great battery life – probably one of the best amongst modern smart phones. We can easily go two days with moderate phone calls, lots of e-mails and some web browsing with a bit of confidence.
The 9700 has a lighting fast processor, plenty of RAM and shouldn’t be a cause for hiccups or crashes at all. It also has great apps that you can get from the web or BlackBerry App World. As a whole package, it’s going to be pretty tough to beat this rock solid BlackBerry.
Next up we have the Palm Pixi, a device that most questioned as an addition to the webOS family. It has webOS, a gorgeous and intuitive operating system. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard, albeit a soft and cramped one. Having a touchscreen display is important for a lot of people, but the one on the Pixi is so unbelievably tiny that it just feels awkward. We wish it was just a shade bigger.
We do like the design, size and weight of the Pixi. It slips easily into our pockets and we never know its there. (Although, to be fair, the same can be said of the Bold 9700.) We also like that the Pixi is on Sprint’s fast and reliable 3G network. Great as that is, it still would have been nice to see the addition of Wi-Fi to the Pixi during those moments we’re out in fringe coverage areas.
The Palm Pixi definitely has its upsides: it’s cute (hey, that’s important to some folks), it has webOS which is Palm’s saving grace if nothing else, and it costs less than a night out for dinner and drinks. How will it fare against the seasoned BlackBerry Bold 9700? You tell us by casting your votes below!