Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry

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iphone vs blackberry

A recent study conducted by Vanson Bourne, revealed that 65 per cent of surveyed IT departments are concerned about unauthorized users accessing data if an iPhone is lost or stolen. The same study also showed 64 per cent of IT departments not put into place security steps to protect against threats targeted at the iPhone. Most cited the fact that they aren’t widely used in business as the reason.

This study shows one of the glaring weaknesses of the iPhone to service enterprise. Because BlackBerry is by far the most secure platform in the smartphone market, many organizations have turned to it to ensure the protection of their most valuable asset: intellectual property.

While Apple deserves an incredible amount of respect for implementing a hugely successful App Store, it will forever be stuck in a consumer market. That being said, I think it’s easier to shift from enterprise to consumer, versus the other way around. RIM has the opportunity to service the consumer market with fun and innovative applications, and I would be surprised if the iPhone were ever able to position itself as a viable solution for IT managers looking to remotely manage a network of several thousand devices. In fact, a quick look at the latest iPhone 3.0 software reveals that it still can’t run applications in the background.

More interesting points revealed in the study include:

  • 10 per cent of IT decision makers believe that the iPhone is not as good an email tool as the BlackBerry, and they only want to manage one form of device.
  • A little more than half (52 per cent) are concerned about the threat of downloading apps to the iPhone, while 40 per cent of respondents said they are worried about the threat of users downloading company data without the IT department knowing.
  • Some 14 per cent of IT departments have banned the use of smartphones altogether for work purposes.

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  • Michael

    Hey, if the iPhone had a real keyboard, and could sync to Outlook without iTunes, I wouldn’t even be here. At work, we cannot use iTunes, cannot even install it – if we do, (as I found out, when installing it), the security guy will call and say: “Yeah, didn’t you get the memo? You cannot install iTunes. Period. Yeah, we uninstalled iTunes for you. Thanks.”

    I chose the Bold, over the iPhone and HTC Fuze. I want a keyboard that I can use, not a smear-phone, and I don’t like the flip-out tiny keyboard of the Fuze.

  • Michael

    Hey, if the iPhone had a real keyboard, and could sync to Outlook without iTunes, I wouldn’t even be here. At work, we cannot use iTunes, cannot even install it – if we do, (as I found out, when installing it), the security guy will call and say: “Yeah, didn’t you get the memo? You cannot install iTunes. Period. Yeah, we uninstalled iTunes for you. Thanks.”

    I chose the Bold, over the iPhone and HTC Fuze. I want a keyboard that I can use, not a smear-phone, and I don’t like the flip-out tiny keyboard of the Fuze.

  • m906

    There are a myriad of details that make the Blackberry my choice over iPhone/iPod Touch. I really don’t like the lack of customization that comes with the iPhone.

    You know, I am an avid Mac user and Apple advocate, but it seems I am on the “PC” (non-Apple) side of the fence in this situation. I can get SO much more done on my Blackberry, but my iPod Touch is very good at what it does when I’m not being productive. I would NEVER try to watch videos, listen to music, or surf the web (easily) on my Berry, but the iPod Touch fills those needs more than adequately.

    They both compliment each other IMO.

  • m906

    There are a myriad of details that make the Blackberry my choice over iPhone/iPod Touch. I really don’t like the lack of customization that comes with the iPhone.

    You know, I am an avid Mac user and Apple advocate, but it seems I am on the “PC” (non-Apple) side of the fence in this situation. I can get SO much more done on my Blackberry, but my iPod Touch is very good at what it does when I’m not being productive. I would NEVER try to watch videos, listen to music, or surf the web (easily) on my Berry, but the iPod Touch fills those needs more than adequately.

    They both compliment each other IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/modlandUSA/statuses/2651472820 modlandUSA (G. A. Wendel)

    Blackberry most secure; iphone not so much. recent study http://bit.ly/flslW #MR

  • Phil

    @Michael

    I thought the lack of physical keyboard would be a deal breaker as well (my last 2 phones have been a T-Mobile MDA Vario II and III) but after just a week of using the iPhone I’m as quick and as accurate as I was before – it may not be to everyone’s liking, but then again, neither are chiclet keyboards.

    As for not being able to sync to Outlook without iTunes, if using Exchange that shouldn’t be a problem as you can do ActiveSync OTA to the iPhone.

  • Phil

    @Michael

    I thought the lack of physical keyboard would be a deal breaker as well (my last 2 phones have been a T-Mobile MDA Vario II and III) but after just a week of using the iPhone I’m as quick and as accurate as I was before – it may not be to everyone’s liking, but then again, neither are chiclet keyboards.

    As for not being able to sync to Outlook without iTunes, if using Exchange that shouldn’t be a problem as you can do ActiveSync OTA to the iPhone.

  • http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/ GLComputing

    Here's a list of other reasons:
    http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/2010/02/why-i-pr

  • http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/ GLComputing

    Here's a list of other reasons:
    http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/2010/02/why-i-pr

  • Bob

    LOL @ CanTech retweeting this.. a lot has changed