Android 2.3 or BlackBerry Is Best For You

My take on it is it all comes down what is more important for you on your phone - quick messaging or multi-media functionality.

The general consensus from the corporate sector is that no one does it better than BlackBerry, specifically the Bold, and to a lesser extent the Curve.

The quality of the full QWERTY physical keyboard on the Bold and Curve BlackBerry is hard to beat when it comes to speed and ease of messaging and emailing.

In addition, the synchronization of your work emails with Exchange is just that much better on BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) than with the Android operating system. Both Android and iOS (Apple) are catching up in this area. However, a large number of companies trust BES's security and reliability and require all employees to use BES, making having a BlackBerry a necessity.

This might well change in the near future, Android is currently running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on the latest devices. This operating system is still fresh out of the box and with version 3 (Honeycomb) coming soon to Android cell phones. There might well be a shift amongst the big corporations in the near future to Android friendly synchronization servers.

When it comes to getting a phone that has the very latest technological specifications, at the best price, and with the widest variety of models, no one can argue that Android wins that race. There are more than forty models of the Android phone available in the US, and growing quickly. So you can be sure to find something that fits your fancy in the Android community.

Four reasons you will like Android:

1. In contrast to the iPhone (which is comparable in specifications to the Droid X2, Droid Incredible2, MyTouch, HTC Thunderbolt) the android devices are more competitively priced. With some of the more entry level Android phones, like the LG Optimus, Motorola Cliq, Samsung Epic, etc. free with a two year contract.

2. The Android phones has great user customization ability - a lot better than the iPhone and in particular the BlackBerry. For the brave, you can 'root' your Android device and then instal unofficial updates, apps and add and remove apps and settings to your likings.

3. The web browsing ability is the fastest. You able to load basically any website. Android versions 2.2 and greater supports Adobe Flash 10.1 which the iPhone does not. A number of the Android phones can take advantage of 4G browsing speeds, which is significantly quicker than 3G. iPhone and BlackBerry both run only on 3G. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming out with T-Mobile this Summer and most likely Sprint and Verizon shortly will have 4G capabilities. Much to the disappointment of many iPhone fans, the iPhone 5 (which is going to be called iPhone 4S) is not expected to have 4G connectivity when it launches in September. This is disappointing as the iPhone, unlike the BlackBerry, is targeted to users that like to make extensive use of browsing the web and installing apps.

4. The processor speed of most of the Android devices are of a high level, enabling you to run a number of applications at once without causing your phone to 'crash'. Most of the premier Android phones have either a 1 or 1.2 GHz processor. Samsung is preparing to launch a 2 GHz dual core processor at the end of the year which will run in Android phones.

The biggest negative of most of the Android phones is the poor battery life. The HTC Thunderbolt, MyTouch and other of the 4G phones will probably last you about a day at the best of times before you need to recharge.

Google is aware of this and the new operating system, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), is more energy efficient and will give you the option to manually monitor your apps power consumption.

Battery life problems for smartphones, especially ones with large touch screens, is a problem not unique to Android. You will most likely have this issue no matter which device you choice to go with.

To sum things up, Android is probably the answer for you if you are not planning on doing large amounts of text messaging and emailing. If so, have a look at the BlackBerry Bold or Curve, which has arguably the best physical QWERTY keyboard and much better battery life (the Bold 9780 has 13 days standby time and 6 and half hours talk time).

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