Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry

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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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27 Responses to “Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry”


  1. 1 moog

    “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.”
    - Does that mean 90% DO believe it is as good?

    …and for Pete’s sake, why are you showing an iPhone alongside a decrepit 8700?

  2. 2 Jack

    Because probably the 87xx series is *still* the most widely-used BB in the enterprise. The phone carriers are still selling them, new.

  3. 3 gabriel

    Wow, is this supposed to make me feel better about my storm which I know is a piece of crap phone? I just want a phone that doesn’t lag or can render a webpage in under 5 minutes.

  4. 4 m906

    I’ve been using a Curve 8320 for a year and an iPod Touch for 2 months now, and I can clearly see the difference in targeted demographics. The iPhone/iPod Touch business model is great for casual users, entertainment, and even power web surfing, while the BlackBerry model is focused on productivity, and the professional user. I doubt we’ll ever see those lines blurred totally, but i along the same lines as the Mac vs PC, there will be a lot of cross-over.

    I love both devices, but I much prefer the BlackBerry for business communication and productivity, and the iPod/iPhone for entertainment, multimedia, and web surfing.

    That’s the way things stand right now at least. Things change so who knows what devices will be capable of in 5 years.

  5. 5 Roger

    That ad is crazy! BoxTone is MUCH better mobile managment app!! Dont have your IT dept. swamped!

  6. 6 moog

    @gabriel Oh stop your whining. Unrelated.

  7. 7 Dean

    Yeah, who really cares about RIM and their over rated security and email, their phones are really starting to suck.

    “I think it’s easier to shift from enterprise to consumer, versus the other way around”

    Yeah, as we can see blackberry has done such a good job of it with the shitstorm!

  8. 8 WK

    “10 per cent…”!
    I am wondering why!? Mayby that the iPhone offers only SSL encyprtion!?

  9. 9 Fanwashere

    First paragraph flawed. With the new Remote Wipe feature, an iPhone can be wiped clean with the click of a button. Also, the there are no threats against an iPhone, its virus free just like OS X, unlike crappy Windows that IT people also love.

    So 90% of IT Decision Makers like iPhone? 52% of people are scared of downloading Apps? I download about 5 Apps a day, geez.

    The Blackberry doesn’t have even near the amount of Apps, amount of possibilities, the iPhone has. Stuck with a tiny screen and physical keyboard (The Storm fails, by the way), it will never beat iPhone.

  10. 10 teamsimpson (Nathaniel Simpson)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  11. 11 BerryReporter (Justin)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  12. 12 renesix (Joan Jimenez)

    Me encantan los “estudios” parcializados RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  13. 13 bograma (bograma)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm Very professional review.

  14. 14 davepeckens (Dave Peckens)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  15. 15 ggraver (Greg)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  16. 16 _DAMI_1 (Damien)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm

  17. 17 iskandar_ahmat (Iskandar Ahmat)

    Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm (via @BlackBerryCool)

  18. 18 RM

    Not a super article… seems like its reaching and was most likely just banged out due to last weeks PC mag article about how the iphone beats the ‘S out of BlackBerry.

    Im a BlackBerry fan and user.

  19. 19 adam

    I love my blackberry storm and am very satisfied with BES! Apple has a long way to go in order to compete with blackberry! The Iphone seems to cater to youngsters rather then professionals!

  20. 20 karim

    nice photo lol That pic does not do this article any justice LMAO. iPhone is still a much more sophisticated phone than wackberry (all models including that brick in the photo)

  21. 21 Phil

    I think the survey is a little bit of FUD IMHO. If using the iPhone with Exchange server it supports remote wipe, the device can also be configured to automatically wipe on 10 incorrect unlock pin attempts, sounds pretty secure to me.

    Apps also aren’t a big security headache as they all run in their own isolated sandbox, cannot access each others files and only have limited access to PIM data (no reading of you emails like is obviously possible with the BB as in the UAE!)

    As for using it for business tasks, I have an ssh and RDP client on here for remote server admin, plus a word processor capable of editing office 2007 docs.

    The beauty of the app store is that each submission is checked by apple before it can get into the store and onto your device, that wasn’t the case with my old windows mobile phone - anything could be done with a rogue app.

    I always swore I’d never get an iPhone but after using my business partner’s and then my wife’s I was sold, it’s such a breath of fresh air to have a device that does things when you click instead of waiting around for seconds before begrudgingly co plying!

  22. 22 almaujudy (Uding)

    Study exposes flaws in iPhone and strengths in BlackBerry http://bit.ly/11Uvmm (via @BlackBerryCool)

  23. 23 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.

  24. 24 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.

  25. 25 modlandUSA (G. A. Wendel)

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

  26. 26 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.

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