As my online friends know I switched to an iPhone for my personal use back in July 2009. I have enjoyed it very much since then except for AT&T’s poor overall 3G coverage. I have a Blackberry 8330 Curve as my work smartphone and I do enjoy using it for the Exchange Server email and the faster typing. The other day I decided to test an application install using the Blackberry App World and the iPhone App Store.
Before I get started I want to poll everyone to see what smartphone they are using.
I did the test in my dining room, next to a large Window hoping to give both units good coverage. I knew what was going to happen before testing, but I wanted to verify my knowledge with a hard test. I picked the Weather Channel Application as my app of choice for this test because I wasn’t using it on either phone. I actually use Accuweather on the iPhone for its ease of use over the Weather Channel app. I did the install on one device at a time and installed it twice on the iPhone using WiFi once and 3G the next time. The Curve 8330 doesn’t do WiFi and it doesn’t have 3G so I know there is some Oranges to Bananas comparisons here. Knowing this, I didn’t expect the Blackberry to beat the install time for the iPhone, but I also understood the results I did get for reasons I will explain later.
The iPhone loaded the App Store in just over 5 seconds, found the app in search in the time it took me to type “weath” and the install took just under 30 seconds. I then started the app, let it GPS me and I was up and running the Weather Channel in less than a minute.
Now it was the Blackberry’s turn. Open the App World…….Open the App World…..Open the App World…. Well it took 3 minutes for the App World to open. The next thing was getting the Weather Channel downloaded….DL….DL….DL, which took 1 minute 22 seconds including the accepting of the http connections. I then launched the application and GPS’d myself. Total time to a running app on the 8330 Curve? 4 minutes and 53 seconds for me to get the weather on the Blackberry.
Now, as I said above the Curve doesn’t do 3G or WiFi so I should expect it to take 2 minutes total time based on speed of service, not the almost 5 minutes it took to install the application. So lets look closer at why it took so long for my Blackberry to download and install the same application. I knew this answer before I started and I’ll let you in on it, the carrier for the Blackberry for some reason has a dead zone around my neighborhood. Anything except the signal for email I have to go outside and walk 100 feet from the buildings to get a clear connection. I have great reception on the iPhone no matter where I am at in this area so I knew it would install in a heartbeat via 3G and the WiFi was a no brainer.
Let us conclude with this gem that I have always lived by because of the math background I have. You can massage tests and data to be whatever you want them to be by how you read the numbers and administer the test. I could just as well have done this test at another neutral location and gotten closer results, or I know of a location that I can go to that the iPhone will be a complete epic fail and not install the app at all because once I get to the front door of this location I lose service on the iPhone, but not on the Blackberry.
Moral to the story? Never believe everything you read unless you have read a lot of different opinions from a lot of different sources that have not worked together to get their results. Mileage will vary depending on the end user. Both the Blackberry and the iPhone have positives and negatives. Whether you like one over the other is more a personal choice or a business one based on your needs.
I like both, my iPhone is great for a lot of thing, my blackberry is great for a lot of things. Which do I like better? Let me ask this, can we marry them both into one smartphone?