Smartphone showdown: Are these the iPhone 3G killers?

A look at the competition

Samsung Omnia i900

Announced on the same day as the iPhone 3G, the Samsung Omnia i900 offers a remarkably similar set of features and overall experience to the iPhone 3G. Using a Windows Mobile 6.1 base, the Omnia i900 comes equipped a finger-sensitive touch screen, as well as GPS and Office document compatibility. The major distinctive feature for the i900 is its 5Mp camera. Most of its specifications align with those of the iPhone; essentially, this is the iPhone for those who don't want an iPhone.

  • Dimensions:112mm(L)x56.9(W)x12.5(H)
  • Weight: 127g
  • Display: 240x400 pixels, 3.2 inches, 65K colours
  • Input method: Touch screen
  • Operating system: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB internal memory, microSD
  • Bandwidth: HSDPA (7.2M bps at 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • Camera: 5Mp, autofocus, flash
  • GPS: GPS
  • Music: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, OGG, AMR
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, XviD
  • Java support: Yes
  • Flash support: Yes

Blackberry BlackBerry Bold 9000

Blackberry devices are widely considered to be the quintessential business phone, facilitating push email and document integration in a proprietary. The Bold 9000 builds on this reputation, improving the device's operating system and offering HSDPA and GPS. While many are still holding out for the much-anticipated touch-screen Blackberry Thunder, the Bold 9000 remains a competitive choice in the business market.

  • Dimensions: 114mm(L)x66(W)x14(H)
  • Weight: 133g
  • Display: 480x320 pixels, 65K colours
  • Input method: Full QWERTY keyboard, trackball navigation
  • Operating system: Blackberry OS
  • Storage: 1GB internal memory, microSD
  • Bandwidth: HSDPA (3.6M bps at 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g
  • Camera: 2Mp, flash
  • GPS: GPS
  • Music: MP3, AAC+, WMA
  • Video: 3GP, WMV, DivX, XviD
  • Java support: Yes
  • Flash support: Unspecified

    Apple iPhone 3G

    The imminent release of the iPhone 2.0 software package will be appreciated by all iPhone users, adding a number of features, including a third-party application delivery system and support for Microsoft ActiveSync and Exchange push email. However, while original iPhone users are limited by 2.5G EDGE speeds, the iPhone 3G will allow users to better utilise the new software with faster speeds and added GPS support. Some remain wary about the iPhone 3G, unsure whether it will offer true GPS navigation or whether the soft keyboard will be sufficient for business use. While there are certainly a number of competitors that offer a similar or better user experience, the iPhone 3G is sure to find a market in Australia.

    • Dimensions: 115.5mm(L)x62.1(W)x12.3(H)
    • Weight: 133g
    • Display: 480x320 pixels, 3.5 inches, 16M colours
    • Input devices: Touch screen
    • Operating system: Mac OS X
    • Storage: 8GB or 16GB internal memory
    • Bandwidth: HSDPA (850/1900/2100MHz).
    • WLAN: 802.11b/g
    • Camera: 2.0Mp
    • GPS: Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
    • Audio: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    • Video: H.264, MPEG-4, MOV
    • Java support: Unspecified
    • Flash support: Unspecified

      Additional reporting by Mikael Ricknas, IDG News Service

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