Storm vs. iPhone 3G: 8 reasons to pick the Storm

With the new BlackBerry Storm set to hit US stores, many smartphone enthusiasts looking to go the touch screen route will have to make a decision between RIM's first touch device and the iPhone 3G. In this second installment of a two-part series we offer up eight reasons to embrace the Storm

The BlackBerry Storm.

The BlackBerry Storm.

You've read my reasons to choose the iPhone 3G over the BlackBerry Storm. Now check out the flip side.

The following eight points argue why RIM's new touch screen BlackBerry may be better suited for your needs than Apple's uber-popular iPhone 3G.

8) Stereo Bluetooth capability

With the iPhone, users still can't listen to their music collections via Bluetooth, wireless headsets--at least without buying a third-party adapter--because the device doesn't support Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) technology.

That means wired headphones are a must when using Apple's smartphone to listen to music in stereo.

BlackBerry smartphones have supported stereo Bluetooth for quite some time, and the Storm will be no exception. If you just forked over a significant chunk of change for a snazzy new pair of wireless headphones, or you've had your eyes on a set, you may want to choose the Storm over the iPhone 3G so you can employ the headphones along with your new handheld.

7) Removable battery

Like the vast majority of RIM devices, the BlackBerry Storm has a removable battery that can be replaced with another when fully drained. Extra BlackBerry batteries sell for as little as $5, but they can be invaluable to frequent travelers or folks who constantly listen to music, play games or watch video.

Since the iPhone has a fixed battery that cannot be swapped out, you need to charge regularly or purchase expensive--and awkward--third-party portable charging solutions.

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Al Sacco

CIO (US)

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