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!

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  1. david Says:

    How did the Blackberry Bold win when the Pixi had more votes?!

  2. joo Says:

    How did the Blackberry Bold 9700 win when the Palm PIXI more votes?!!

  3. Marc Flores Says:

    Votes were counted at 9 a.m. EST and at that time, the Bold 9700 was far ahead. There was also a glitch in the poll that caused it to go past the 9 a.m. time and we saw several people voting for the Pixi over and over again.

  4. steve Says:

    In that case shouldnt you eathier redo the poll or show a timeline of how the votes progressed. u just said there was a glitch. sounds like an inaccurate poll to me.

  5. Paul Thacker Says:

    Hey!? Whats with the unfair breakdowns of the pixi? And Why didnt you review the pixi plus instead? It makes no sense to put an older model up against competition when no one knows if the better pixi plus would have won or not. But I’m still calling bias on the descriptions on both palm phones.

  6. Paul Thacker Says:

    Sorry for the double post. But this has to be said.

    Is it written anywhere on this site that voting multiple times would be punishable by disqualifyng one of the competing phones instead of just redoing the poll?

    And have you proven that people didn’t vote multiple times for the Blackberry Bold 9700?

  7. PDiddy Says:

    The Pixi could have potentially faced the Pre in the next bracket! No other phone maker was set up in this tournament to cannibalize its own. I demand a recount!

  8. DB Says:

    The dorknerd blog sites really, really hate Palm. What are you going to do when we all work for Google or WAL-MAR? Mindless androids.

  9. Drew Says:

    Are you going to take away the Palm pre plus win too over the nexus one. Just because you don’t like palm doesn’t mean that everybody else doesn’t like them also. Recount, recount

  10. Community_Power Says:

    Define “far ahead” given that the vote counts are so low… Doesn’t seem like this was handled very well. That, and the survey vendor has controls in place to prevent multiple votes…

  11. Romeo Octav Chiritoiu Says:

    Does anybody knows when the BB OS.6 will be released for the 9700?

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