As a former Blackberry user, I can appreciate why the company has held a strong grip over the market for so long. So how does the new Galaxy pro compare to the giant RIM
One-up – The positives
Undoubtedly, the Android software on the Galaxy pro by far out performs the RIM interface on the Blackberry. Its smooth, elegant and is far less likely to crash than the blackberry phones. The Android Market Provides over 200,000 apps to choose from (most of which are free!) and flash support makes browsing the web oh so much easier! The User Interface and software alone is enough of a reason for users to switch from RIM to Android!
Though many phones are now moving to this combination, I have yet to see a Blackberry phone to combine the quality of the touch screen as the Galaxy Pro. Perhaps the new phones RIM are releasing will be better equipped to the challenge, but for now The Galaxy pro has One-Up on its rival!
Under the Bonnet
The Galaxy Pro’s 800Mhz processor gives it a smooth elegance that allows a user to easily glide between emails, surfing the web and photo albums without the worry of it crashing. Of course, this is still smaller than many of the smart phones that are out there, but by comparison to the blackberry’s, its right up there with the best!
The Social Hub
A unique feature to Samsung Galaxy Pro which provides a beautiful interface to connect all your social networking under one app, saving massive amounts of batter life. Brilliant!
Galaxy pro provide as default a full office suite, allowing users to view, edit and create Word, PowerPoint and Excel sheets. That’s a £30 added bonus that the RIM usually charge for!
With a far bigger keypad, typing feels so much more natural with the galaxy pro than any blackberry I’ve used without making the phone that much bigger! Although the bottom row does feel out of place, I’m sure it’s a trade-off people will be willing to make. Besides, it is something users will (eventually) get used to.
One of the great benefits of Android is the ease of which Multi-tasking is possible. With the taskbar at the top, switching between apps and checking emails is very easy. RIM have a long way to go to catch up Android with this respect!
One Down – The Negatives
For all the things they’ve done right, the camera really isn’t one of them. At 3MP its lacking behind many of the Blackberrys out there and the speed of the capture is a nightmare. To top it off, there is no physical button to press to take the photo other than the one on the screen. One Down!
Blackberry Messenger (BBM)
For Young people out there, BBM will remain the primary reason for why a blackberry surpasses all other phones. The free phone messenger service is a massive cost saver for young people, the vast number of Blackberry users makes it useful and the elegance of how it works surpasses its rivals like Whatsapp. This remains the biggest challenge to companies wishing to convert Blackberry users to their own brand.
Though Samsung have done a masterful job of the push email system, Its still missing small things like the flashing LED light when you get a new email the username interface blackberry gives to reading emails. I guess this all depends on tastes though
The Samsung Galaxy Pro offers a very low resolution screen in comparison to many of the new Blackberry’s. This is quite surprising considering Samsung’s other products which pride themselves on their state of the art screen.