Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Nokia 5800/E71, iPhone 3G, Blackberry Bold - Compared

BB Curve, E71 and iPhone

I was asked to compare these four smartphones, so here we go. I wrote a much longer article but decided it was too long and rewrote it. This comparison is for me personally and I realize that most of you have different needs and uses for your smartphones. For me, I want a good web browser, camera, keyboard, connectivity, applications, and good looks.

Please note that this discussion is about hacked iPhones because if you're using iPhone in Kuwait, then it is hacked.

Apple created the iPhone so it must be cool and trendy, but that is not a selling point for me. To use the iPhone in Kuwait you have to hack it (or buy it pre-hacked) and that is not ideal because you can't update it with security patches until these patches are hacked as well, usually few days or weeks later.

I will not use a smartphone with outdated software, let alone outdated firmware. Talk to me when a Kuwaiti wireless carrier strikes a deal with Apple to carry the iPhone officially. Besides, this June Apple will announce a new iPhone with supposedly a better camera, true bluetooth, and "official" video recording.

And why on earth do I have to use iTunes every time I want to sync my music and pictures?

This is madness! (pt. 2)

Worst web browser in a phone, period. One reason is enough. But there are more reasons for me to stay away from this hype-ware phone. I'm not a corporate email fanatic and I can live without Blackberry messenger (I use MSN on my mobile instead or good ol' SMS). More reasons to stay away? You need a telecommunications engineer every time you want to change the settings in this thing. The settings interface is so bad, seems like only corporate IT people can set it up.

Face it people, there are only two reason you are using Blackberry:
1- Your company gave you one.
2- All your friends have one and you were missing out on the 24/7 free text party.

For the first group, tough luck! I know a guy who stashes it in the glove box.
For the second group, use any instant messaging software and stay connected with your friends, you are paying for Internet anyway.

This is madness! (pt. 2)

Nokia E71 and 5800 Xpress Music:
Now these two have everything that I need in a smartphone. A browser that can open all websites, and play web videos, 3.2 MP camera, qwerty keyboard, a whole library of applications, and they both look good.

They are not as trendy, cool, and hyped as the other two, but their functionality (for my personal needs) is unmatched elsewhere.


  1. u dont have to get Hacked iphone to work in Kuwait. didnt you hear about the officially unlocked iphones that works perfectly any where and u can update normaly and all ?

  2. iphones in Kuwait must be hacked (or pre-hacked) for many reasons. Only one of the reasons is sim-lock.

    Apple allows full priced iPhones to sell without a carrier contract. But these are sim-locked too.

  3. Who said that ? that was months ago
    before the officially unlocked iphone is released in some countries like italy , Australia and so on .. u can get it from one of those countries and its Unlocked by apple . no Sim lock .. no software hack .. no turbo sim .. official and can be updated normally with itunes without lock or activation .. its old news ..
    i have been using one of those officially unlocked iphones i got from Australia for more than 4-5 months now and updated the firmware and soft many times via itunes..
    the IMEI number of it registered with apple database and got unlocked by them apple .. and i got it sealed new never been touched!

  4. Arabic keyboard? Arabic SMS? MMS? Video recording?

    iphone must be jailbroken for all above to work. not just sim-lock.

  5. no i don't use any of u mentioned , i hate jailbreak it so i am using it as it is and waiting for the new official update that contains all those features :)