March Smart Phone Madness Game 9: iPhone 3Gs vs. BlackBerry Tour
Voting has concluded for this contest, but more Smart Phone Madness awaits!
Welcome back sportsfans! The day the round of sixteen starts for that other tournament also sees the Smart Phone Madness tourney enter its round of eight. To recap yesterday’s action, the Motorola Cliq beat the Samsung Moment by a scant eight votes, an even narrower margin of victory than the Motorola Tour over the Devour.
Way back in the first game of this tournament, the iPhone beat out the HTC Touch Pro 2 by a factor of nearly two to one. The Tour had more of a fight on its hands, defeating the Motorola Devour by just 14 votes. But now we have two Editor’s Choice-winning phones competing against one another.
As a refresher, we like the Apple iPhone 3GS ($199 and $299 for 16GB/32GB with two-year contract) for a number of reasons: it has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a 3-megapixel autofocus camera with spot metering and video recording. It also has a built-in iPod for music, movies and podcasts and it comes in two memory capacity versions – 16GB or 32GB. Best of all, it’s got a deep bench–the iTunes App Store has more than 160,000 applications from the most frivolous games to college study guides.
The Tour, when it was released, was the best smart phone on Verizon’s network–and may still be the best BlackBerry out there. It has a comfortable keyboard that allowed us to type fast and comfortably, the most reliable push e-mail, and it’s solidly and stylishly built.
At $199, the Tour costs the same as the iPhone, but may be better suited for businesspeople who need a physical keyboard. Of course, like every app store not named iTunes, the BlackBerry store leaves something to be desired in terms of selection. The Tour also has one other thing going for it: In metropolitan areas such as New York and San Francisco, Verizon’s network is generally more reliable than AT&T’s.
So which phone do you think deserves to move to the next round, where it will face the winner of the Motorola Droid/HTC Hero game?