Last year, Apple released the iPhone on the ATT network to much criticism and acclaim for the design and interface. This year, Google launched their iPhone competitor – the Android based phone HTC G1 on the T-Mobile network. Both of these devices are great when it comes to playing media, surfing the web, and looking cool. But there is a major glaring flaw plaguing each of these devices.
Neither device, the iPhone or the Android phone, is geared towards corporate e-mail – the primary application for which most Smartphones/PDAs are purchased for. While the Android has a slide out keyboard, which makes typing relatively easy, it doesn’t support Microsoft Exchange push e-mail. And the iPhone, which has recently added Microsoft Exchange push capability, has nothing but an on-screen keyboard which makes it impractical for quickly typing e-mails. In fact, the iPhone’s issue is so great that one can often see frustrated iPhone users, at airports or coffee shops, jabbing angrily at the screen trying to get their messages entered.
So, the question comes up: What do I do if I want a device that is ‘cool’ like the iPhone or the Android but also handles my corporate e-mail without any cumbersome issues? The answer, unfortunately, is to wait a little longer.
The two most promising devices that are likely to combine the ‘cool’ with the functional are the HTC Touch Pro and the BlackBerry Thunder. Both devices have touchscreens, and a multitude of media features. The HTC Touch has a slide out keyboard making it easy to type e-mails on, and because it is a Windows Mobile based device it supports your Exchange push e-mail. The BlackBerry Thunder, on the other hand, gets rid of the venerable physical keyboard that BlackBerry has been known for and replaces it with an on-screen keyboard that reviewers say, unlike the iPhone, actually works well. But, you will have to wait just a bit for the HTC Touch, due out any day in the U.S. market, and a little longer for the BlackBerry Thunder which is slated for Q4 2008.
Until devices such as these become available, I can only suggest that business users stick with their Motorla Qs, Palm Treo’s or BlackBerry devices.
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