The two heavyweight contenders are headed for the ring. Which super smartphone will emerge as the champ: Apple ( AAPL) and AT&T's ( T) iPhone or Research In Motion ( RIMM) and Verizon's ( VZ)? BlackBerry Storm? In this weekly series, I'll review the head-to-head battle of products while my colleagues James Rogers or Scott Moritz will handle the equity. Here is Scott's take.
Arch Rivals: Apple's iPhone vs. RIM's Storm
Back to the tale of the tape: This is a battle of the world's best wireless PDA -- which can also make phone calls -- and the first touch-screen version of the world's most popular business email device. How is that for trying to be being diplomatic? In plain terms, this is a great wireless handheld computer that currently has problems making and keeping connected to phone calls (especially in the New York City region) and a really nice BlackBerry email device with a touch screen and a number of possible important features purposely excluded because Verizon doesn't want them on the phone. Time to explain. Apple's iPhone, by any measure possible, is fantastic. For everyone who thinks I hate Apple products, they're wrong. I just want Apple to be perfect. As a wireless handheld device, the iPhone is very hard to beat or even equal. It's easy to learn and fun to use. It's priced well, and is the undisputed industry leader at the moment. I especially like the way my 16GB iPhone handles email from our Microsoft ( MSFT) Exchange server. On the other hand, voice services on the iPhone leave a lot to be desired. Everyone wants to blame AT&T, but in a side-by-side test, an iPhone kept trying to decide between 2G and 3G service while an LG Incite phone, placed 6 inches from the iPhone, was able to join and stay connected to AT&T's 3G service. In the month I used the Incite, I never had one dropped connection.