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

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Hutchinson

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?