For all you iPhone fans who thought you were going to win this one?
. . .just think again!
The score still stands!
BlackBerry 5 – iPhone 2
Apple’s newly released iOS 5 software for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPad includes their new iMessage messaging feature. This new feature allows users to communicate for free over their device’s data connection. iMessage allows users to freely send messages, texts, images, videos, a location and contact information: much similar to BlackBerry’s Messenger service (BBM).
Unlike BBM, iMessage is integrated to the normal messaging service. Although Apple use different colours for normal messages (green) and messages sent/received over iMessage (blue), it can still get confusing. Any devices running iOS 5 with iMessage enabled will automatically associate phone numbers with it.
Problems can arise while sending out an iMessage to multiple recipients. The sender must make sure all their recipients have the application enabled or they could be charged the usual text messaging charges. You see this is where BBM wins over iMessage or anything similar. BBM is a full on IM service, while iMessage tries to send the communication over data connection IF possible or resorts to the normal text messaging.
The sender is notified when then message is sent and also knows when the recipient is typing a reply, again much similar to BBMs features of a ‘delivered’, ‘read’ and ‘typing’ notification. Some of the features are not too different from BBM and it can be said, iMessage was implemented to compete with the BlackBerry, who have been winning over the iPhone with their biggest unique selling point being BBM!
Am sorry Apple, iMessage is nothing compared to BlackBerry Messenger.
BlackBerry wins this one easily.
Updated score: BlackBerry 4 – iPhone 2.
For those of you not used to ‘text speech’ the above two acronyms stand for BlackBerry Messenger For The Win.
Just like Mark Zuckerberg’s idea of exclusivity regarding Facebook, BBM is all about exclusive. This great Instant Messenger services is only compatible with BlackBeryy to BlackBerry requiring what’s called a BlackBerry pin which is a device pin unique to each handset.
So why do I like bbm?
Just to put it ‘simply’, what I like about BBM:
Is this message delivery and read report really a good thing? You can decide that for yourself, in another post, I will explain how to bypass the status change. Thus how to read the message without the sender knowing that you have read them yet. Thus ensuring that you dont have to reply instantly. This should be coming very soon, probably in the next post actually, but if i forget, bother me on twitter @MSingh_5
What i don’t like about BBM? (Yes, this list exists):
So iPhone has nothing on BBM! Yes I said it!
There are many IM apps for the iPhone, but they are just like any other IM so nothing too special! Cross platform, support many services but nothing special. There is nothing that compares to BBM!
WhatsApp has been a very successful cross platform IM service, but you have to share your phone number. Now you don’t want people knowing your phone number, you just want them for IM!
Another application to enter the market was LiveProfile (LP). This is similar to BBM in ways such as a LP Pin, and is a simple IM service. But it’s just not stable enough and is VERY VERY slow! It took off well, but people quickly lost interest as it was too slow, unresponsive and buggy. I dont know what happened with them, but I uninstalled it after a couple of days of use.
iPhone has an exclusive app, facetime. Video calling service for Apple to Apple. Only works over WiFi though. Sucks. It’s just a worse version of Skype I guess but for Apple devices only.
But for sure BBM wins here. BBM was the second biggest factor in me wanting a blackberry . . .the first being I WANTED A BLACKBERRY!
and for being totally awesome! BBM wins =)
and thus BlackBerry wins this one. Updated score: BlackBerry 3 – iPhone 2
Update: iPhone 4S with the recent iOS 5 update has now introduced the iMessage app (competition for BBM).
Got a brodcast message today, known as a bc in the BBM lingo. Anyway, most these broadcasts are friggen annoying, with people asking for ‘chats?’ when they have no friends and nothing better to do with their life than beg to have a conversation; or others broadcasting a random number/code that might somehow upgrade your BBM messenger and give you crazy new features and showing how ignorant and stupid people can be; while other claiming that BBM is going down and you must broadcast the message on or all your contacts will be deleted and you will be taken offline even though you pay for a service. But how much ever you tell people they’re stupid and ignorant, they carry on being stupid and ignorant well because they are stupid and ignorant. . .
Anyway, I got a pretty funny broadcast recently. Whoever wrote this, is a friggen legend, not because they’re using a BlackBerry service to put down BlackBerry Messenger (Hypocrisy much?), but because it is actually a pretty funny piece of ‘poetry’. (Interested in poetry? Even if you’re not, click here for your chance to win a BlackBerry)
The BlackBerry poem
BlackBerry BlackBerry, why do u go down..
Every month I feed you about 10 pound.
Your signal comes and goes when it feels..
Keep seeing 'SOS', what's the deal?
See the little red clock, when my messages don't send..
So I keep pinging and pinging, again and again.
Got people bc'ing a stupid code..
And your bloody browser, takes the piss to load.
"Ping if u get this" is the only way..
As I can't update my status today.
Take my battery out, and put it back in..
Done it so many times, I give up u win.
Blackberry BlackBerry, your true colours have shown..
You've pushed me one step closer, to getting an iPhone =D
Have to say, iPhones win this one.
Updated score: BlackBerry 2 – iPhone 2
BlackBerry offers ‘compensation’ for the outage.
After the recent BlackBerry services outage, BlackBerry has decided to offer its users compensation by offering free apps on the app store. Apart from the handset itself, the only direct and active connection BlackBerry has with its customers is its AppWorld store. Apps such as the Sims 3, iSpeech translator, Texas Hold’em Poker 2, etc will be offered for free till the end of the year.
The apps on offer are worth over a $100 (according to some sources), so thats a $100 of free stuff for all its customers affected by the outage or not. They are also offering their enterprise customers with free technical support for a month. This is a great comeback from BlackBerry and a good way to compensate, I mean think about it, giving out cash would be too much hassle, time consuming and too confusing. BlackBerry don’t directly charge users for their service (the BIS connection charge is paid to mobile networks by customers). So overall, this is a good move by BlackBerry.
But BlackBerry seriously need to look into improving their service. There have been many outages (minor ones), slow connections, slow BBM service, etc. It has come forward that BlackBerry are pushing research and development into cloud computing, but they need to think about creating better devices first. What’s the point of providing a great cloud service, when the devices people use to connect to your service are not produced by you? Wouldn’t it be better to have great devices which then connect to your cloud.
One step at a time dear BlackBerry, one step.
Anyway, updated score: BlackBerry 2 – Apple 1