By: Hillel Fuld
If you have been paying attention, you surely know by now that the competition between the major mobile contenders will be won by the player who offers the best software experience. I have written about this on many occasions, so I will not go into it again, but let’s just say that razer thin does not matter anymore, what matters is the user experience, the operating system, and most importantly the quantity and quality of the available apps.
Let’s focus on the last part, the apps. I am not even going to compare the iPhone’s 100,000+ apps to the Android’s 10,000 because it has all been said before. What I am going to talk about is the number of apps that you can install on your Android device or BlackBerry device compared to that number on the iPhone. This number, in my opinion, is the last word in the saga called “iPhone Killers”. Right now, with the given configurations of the various mobile phones, no one device can even be considered for the title “iPhone Killer”, and I will tell you why.
As you know, I use a BlackBerry Bold as my primary mobile device, and I love it. However, there is one major flaw with its software design, and that is the application memory. This flagship RIM device with its 1GB on board storage, and support for 16GB memory card, can store no more than, are you sitting down? 128MB of applications. The application memory is separate from the other storage and the apps cannot be installed on a memory card. So, what ends up happening is that I download an app, use it, like it, then am forced to delete it! Why? Because between GPS, Twitter, FB, IM, and some other necessary apps (I know I know, I’m a geek), I am left with very little memory for other not so crucial but awesome apps.
How did RIM overlook this flaw? Well, don’t worry RIM, don’t feel bad, another small company called Google are guilty of the same crime. Android phones, including the amazing Droid, allow up to 256MB of apps on the device. Same deal, although rumor has it, this is being solved by the corporate giant.
Now, Apple on the other hand, does not forget such “small” details in their devices. You can install as many apps as your want, the only limitation is the iPhone’s storage capacity or 9 home screens of apps. Either way, we are talking a lot more than 128 or 256MB of apps. So we got 32GB (or 9 home screens) compared to 256MB? That is what you call an iPhone Killer? How about we agree on an “iPhone Tickler” and leave it at that?
Until there is a phone that offers a user experience (Android is well on its way), multimedia capabilities, and app support like the iPhone’s, no one should even be mentioning the words “iPhone” and “Killer” in the same sentence.