BlackBerry stacked up against the competition in Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsThere’s already been some griping about BlackBerry’s performance in Consumer Reports‘ ‘08 issue, and it might be well-justified. The BlackBerry Curve landed in 7th. place, the Pearl in 12th., the 8800 in 14th., and the 8830 in 19th. out of 20 smartphones tested. Two Treos (755p and 680), T-Mobile’s Wing, the BlackJack and the Moto Q 9m beat out the BlackBerry 8300, with the iPhone topping the list.

Basically, that means everyone who matters in smartphones did better than BlackBerry. Suprisingly, the Nokia N95 (which I had heard great things about) was down in 15th. place. The biggest thing to keep in mind before launching into a CR-hating tirade is that you really have to take these things with a grain of salt. CR’s overall scores were “based mainly on voice quality, ease of use, and talk time”, which can all vary based on user, location and carrier. I haven’t used any of the other top 5, so can’t really pass judgement. Anyone have some horror stories about the leaders, and why they might not deserve top marks?

Posted by Simon Sage in News

Comments [4 Responses]

New BB Convert
December 22nd, 2007 at 8:53 pm

I got a BB8830 because my wife has loved her work-supplied BB for three years. I used a MotoQ for a year … actually, I had three Qs and four batteries in a year. The Final Straw(tm) was when Windows Mobile and Windows Vista stopped talking to each other. Battery life was non-existent - I gave up my data plan because actually using the data sucked the battery dry (less than 2 hours from full charge).

I could go on… the Q will be a target the next time I go to a range.

Stewie
December 28th, 2007 at 8:40 am

Does anyone know what the rest of the rankings are?
Thanks

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